Music Performance

  • Department/School
  • Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts SUPSI in Music Performance
  • Course type
  • Full-time course (120 ECTS over two years)
  • Language
  • Italian. For admission to the Master of Arts in Music Performance, candidates who are not native speakers of Italian must present a certificate proving that their level of Italian language is at least B2 according to the Common European Framework for Modern Languages.
  • Application fee
  • The application fee amounts to CHF 200.
  • Course fee
  • Application fee CHF 100. One off matriculation fee CHF 250. Tuition fee CHF 1500/semester (international students). Tuition fee CHF 750/semester (Swiss nationals and residents). Administration fee CHF 250/semester.
  • Centre
  • Lugano
  • Start date
  • 4 September 2023
  • Application deadline
  • 20 March 2023
  • Description
  • The aim of this Master’s programme is to help train students to operate in the field of performance. The programme is offered with three Majors:
    - Instrumental/vocal performance
    - Wind orchestra conducting
    - Ensemble conducting (contemporary repertoire)


The Major in Instrumental/Vocal Performance covers the fundamental aspects of performance (instrumental/vocal, chamber music, orchestra repertoire). The Major in Wind Orchestra Conducting usually requires previous study of a wind instrument and corresponds to a band conducting qualification. The Major in Ensemble Conducting (Contemporary Repertoire) is designed for contemporary music performers and composers, and teaches ensemble conducting skills.


The specific aim is to provide a musical education focussed clearly on performance and at the same time based on the capacity for autonomous judgment and critical reflection, providing students with the means and tools which, on completion of the MA programme, will allow them to realise their full artistic potential.

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music or an equivalent musical education;
  • passing an admission examination;

Applicants with equivalent BA qualifications from other Higher Music Education institutions will receive equal treatment. For further details, please refer to the programme’s page on the Conservatorio website.

Career prospects

According to the Major studied, graduates work in various fields of performance, orchestra,
for example. Other potential areas include chamber music, ensemble work (also specialised), wind orchestra and ensemble conducting (for those with conducting Majors). It is becoming increasingly common to combine free lance activity with other employment commitments, which may even be of a pedagogical nature.