Music Pedagogy – Jazz

In our stylistically broad MA in Music Pedagogy – Jazz programme, we offer arts- and education-based training for prospective music teachers, with a focus on jazz.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we are sadly unable to guarantee that the HKB Jazz entrance exams will take place physically in 2021. We are trying to keep this option open for as long as possible, however we are also planning a digital alternative, should this be required. In any case, please apply as usual, and we will let you know as soon as we can!
If we will have to proceed digitally, you should be prepared to create and upload video content by the end of March. The repertoire and requirements will be exactly the same as for the physical exam (see below), and more detailed instructions will follow by email (shortly after the application deadline).  Playalongs, backing tracks and live bands will all be considered, and all applicants will be invited to a Zoom interview and feedback session between April 12th and 23rd.
For international applicants who are unable to travel to Switzerland, digital alternatives will be available in any case.  We will contact you about this directly, once the application deadline has passed.
Stay well and let's hope for the best!
We are looking forward to meeting and hearing you.

This degree programme:

  • is aimed at students who have a bachelor’s degree in music and advanced artistic abilities;

  • aims to reinforce and expand your teaching skills with practical and theory-based courses;

  • offers one-to-one teaching in a core subject (instrument or voice) and individual support from our internationally renowned teaching staff;

  • offers you the opportunity to expand your own artistic profile and benefit from a wide range of ensembles, masterclasses, big band projects and transdisciplinary formats;

  • includes optional modules and the choice of a minor subject, allowing you to tailor the programme to your interests and strengths;

  • offers you the opportunity to network with future employers through work placements and job shadowing.


  • Title/Degree Master of Arts (MA)
  • Specialisations Jazz
  • Mode of study Full-time (4 semesters)
  • Start date 20.9.2021
  • Application deadline 15.3.2021
  • ECTS credits 120 ECTS credits
  • Study language German, French
  • Location Bern
  • Department Bern University of the Arts
  • Programme Handbook

Studiengangsbroschüre Master Music Pedagogy

  • Programme Handbook

Study programme guide Bachelor and Master Jazz

For detailed information, go to the German page or the French page.