BA Music Jazz

Jazz musicians rewrite their texts every time they play. They improvise, interpret, arrange, compose and play in various ensembles. In the Jazz degree programme, the students acquire the basic technical skills, build up a stylistically varied repertoire, and develop an overview of the tradition, the contemporary practice and the context of jazz. A Bachelor degree in this area is a prerequisite for the professionally qualifying MA in Jazz, whether in Performance, Pedagogy or Composing & Arrangement.



Artistic direction

Tom Arthurs


Teaching staff



Thomas Knuchel



Sibyl Hofstetter



Lukas Frei


Office Opening Times

Monday - Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 and 14:00 - 16:30

Thursday 09:00 - 11:00



Bern University of the Arts

Jazz department

Eigerplatz 5a

Postfach 379

CH-3000 Bern 14


T +41 31 848 49 30

F +41 31 848 49 39



Further Informations

Degree programme guide

Website of the Jazz Departement

Website of the Music Division

Module plan


The Swiss Jazz School SJS offers amongst other courses a foundation course (Precollege II) allowing people interested in studying jazz at the BUA to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for these studies.