inspiring learning environments
The HEMU includes three teaching sites located in Lausanne, Fribourg and Sion.
Lausanne, one of Europe’s premier cultural and educational centres, is on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux region. Its other institutions of higher learning include the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), and the Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL). The International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters and the nearby Montreux Jazz Festival are two of Lausanne’s other internationally renowned focal points.
Surrounded and stimulated by Lausanne’s unique cultural and intellectual environment, HEMU students bask in the exhilarating atmosphere of the Flon and downtown Lausanne neighbourhoods. Inside the HEMU building, the numerous high-quality concert halls, teaching studios and practice rooms, in addition to the school’s instrumental and technical resources, contribute to highly favourable learning conditions. All the HEMU Bachelor’s degree programmes and the majority of its Master’s degree programmes are based in Lausanne.
The modern Fribourg HEMU site is just a few kilometres away. Located in one of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities, the site welcomes students working towards Master’s degrees in wind band conducting and sacred music. Distinguished instruction in singing and in string and wind instruments is also offered.
The Sion site, set at the heart of the Rhone Valley in the Swiss Alps, is suffused with the same energy. The legacy of the famed Hungarian violinist Tibor Varga and the Music Academy that bears his name, with which the HEMU shares a building, ensure excellent instruction for students of string instruments, piano and guitar.