Core Subject and Advanced Core Subject

The CAS offers individual core subject lessons with options for specialisation in Chamber Music, Contemporary Music, Early Music or Historically Informed Interpretation Practice.

  • The CAS in Core Subject is designed for candidates who have earned a bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Switzerland or abroad.
  • The CAS in Advanced Core Subject is designed for candidates who have earned a master’s or equivalent degree in Switzerland or abroad.

Both offerings

  • include the option to specialise in Chamber Music, Early Music, Contemporary Music or Historically Informed Interpretation Practice,
  • further develop your personal instrumental or vocal skills,
  • expand on the most important stylistic and literary knowledge,
  • extend your instrumental and vocal skills by adding a parallel instrument to your core instrument.

Factsheet

  • Degree/Certificate Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
  • Duration Two semesters, with 26 lessons
  • Schedule In consultation with the core subject lecturer
  • Application deadline 15 June 2018
  • ECTS credits 15 ECTS credits
  • Costs The tuition fees are CHF 6,300 plus a registration fee of CHF 250.
  • Teaching language German, French, English
  • Location Bern, Papiermühlestrasse and Ostermundigenstrasse
  • Department Bern University of the Arts
  • Next session October 2018

Contact

Structure + Content

Portrait

Working musicians and professional chamber music groups can develop their skills during this one-year course in the company of renowned artists and core subject lecturers. Instrumental or vocal music skills are fostered in core subject lessons.
In addition, you have the opportunity to focus on your own interests and thus gain a higher profile in your occupational field. The CAS in Core Subject (Advanced) offers options for specialisation in Chamber Music, Early Music, Historically Informed Interpretation Practice or Contemporary Music.

Learning outcomes

The participants pursue individual goals:

  • To further develop instrumental or vocal skills
  • To expand on their stylistic and literary knowledge
  • To extend their instrumental and vocal skills by adding a parallel instrument
  • Training of stage presence, stage performance
  • Preparation for orchestral auditions or competitions
  • Preparation for a second master’s degree
  • Focusing on their own interests with opportunities for in-depth study

Specialisation in chamber music group

The chamber music group further develops their stylistic, musical and social skills. Refining their musical interpretation and developing a shared sound and analytical perfection go hand in hand here. The musicians constantly strive for harmonious expression and an interpretative vision based on precise analyses. Chamber music lecturers from HKB accompany the training in all aspects of joint work and guide students on their way to expressing a shared musical idea.

Specialisation in Contemporary Music

The specialisation in Contemporary Music addresses musicians who would like to expand their knowledge of contemporary and 20th-century music. Students engage intensively with all aspects of contemporary music. Numerous contemporary works and composers form the basis for learning and refining advanced playing techniques. Stylistic and interpretational challenges are linked here with the development of skills in conceptual work.

Specialisation in Early Music

Are you preparing for a Baroque concert? Would you like to hone your skills on your historical instrument? Do you need stylistic and analytical support in researching and performing Early Music? Then HKB offers you outstanding specialists in this field. In the specialisation in Early Music, a differentiated examination of historical instruments and written sources becomes the basis for a personal, lively approach to the pre-Classical repertoire.

Specialisation in Historically Informed Interpretation Practice 

The specialisation in Historically Informed Interpretation Practice (HIP) for Classical to Romantic music offers professional instrumentalists, conductors and singers the necessary knowledge and skills to interpret past epochs using the stylistic and expressive means of their time of origin. The wide range of instruction available can be individually adapted to repertoire wishes up to the early 20th century and is also aimed at musicians working in the fields of music management and music journalism.

Title + Degree

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Core Subject or Advanced Core Subject

Lecturers

Head of Studies

Barbara Aeschbacher: assistant in the divisions MA in Performance and MA in Specialised Performance

The team of lecturers consists of specialists from the Bern University of the Arts, the Bern University of Applied Sciences.

Eligibility + Admission

Working musicians and professional chamber music groups:

  • CAS in Core Subject: interested persons who have earned a bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Switzerland or abroad
  • CAS in Advanced Core Subject: interested persons who have earned a master’s or equivalent degree in Switzerland or abroad

Admission requirements

The admission decision is based on a short audition with the desired core subject lecturer. The applicant is accepted into the CAS in Core Subject or the CAS in Advanced Core Subject as soon as the lecturer submits a written declaration of consent to work with the applicant for one year, confirming that he or she has necessary capacity available. The declaration of consent must be enclosed with the application. There is no age limit. On request, we will be happy to put you in contact with the core subject lecturers.

Exceptions

Admission “sur dossier” is possible in consultation with the Head of Studies. This admission procedure requires a thorough evaluation of existing skills and an admission interview.

Application documents

The application must include a CV in tabular form and a copy of the relevant degree certificate (incl. matriculation number for university degrees).

Practicalities + Application

The CAS in Core Subject and Advanced Core Subject takes two semesters and includes a total of 26 teaching weeks. One CAS comprises 15 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit is equivalent to 30 working hours.

Core subject lessons are individually scheduled with the lecturers.
Optional subject from the subject catalogue of Bern University of the Arts

Application deadline: 15 June 2018
Beginning of studies: October 2018

Tuition fees are CHF 6,300 plus a registration fee of CHF 250. The examination fees are CHF 150. The fees are tax deductible. We would be happy to advise you on instalment payments and available scholarships.

A minimum of 8 applicants is necessary to conduct both CAS Core Subject programmes.

The General Terms & Conditions of BFH apply.

Information

Student advisory service

Head of Studies: Barbara Aeschbacher
T +41 31 848 39 17

Secretarial Office: Ana Cancela
T +41 31 848 38 84

Locations + Facilities