Student life

A renowned educational institution, HEMU – Haute École de Musique, is recognized for its elite, demanding, and comprehensive training, as well as its close ties to professional circles and commitment to musical life. Guided by the values of Respect, Excellence, Innovation and Sharing, we perpetuate a tradition while encouraging creativity.

HEMU is dedicated to training the musicians of tomorrow. Our tailored pedagogical approach promotes artistic development, ease, and flexibility. Multidisciplinary and multi-stylistic, HEMU covers all profiles of training in classical music, jazz and pop music, reinforcing our commitment to musical diversity.

This synergy between tradition and innovation creates a warm and intimate atmosphere, based on mutual respect and complicity with professional circles.

HEMU shapes its students as complete artists, emphasizing artistic excellence, creativity and community engagement.

At HEMU, you will be surrounded by talented and dedicated students from 47 countries. With 500 students, HEMU offers a human-sized environment in a friendly atmosphere. The inspiration and support you provide each other and the synergy of so much creativity in one place are key elements of your artistic development.

Performing in front of an audience is one of the most valuable aspects of your training. HEMU offers students from all sites and styles numerous opportunities to perform. Our students participate in more than 300 public performance activities each year, both in our concert halls and in the main venues of the three cantons. Open to the public, these concerts and events attract a wide audience.

Understanding music beyond styles deepens your approach. At HEMU, students from all music departments and styles – classical, jazz, and pop – come together for stimulating interdisciplinary work. From the first year of study, HEMU provides access to musical ensemble leading to concerts. Its ensembles regularly perform with renowned musicians and are welcomed on prestigious stages.

To help you make your choice, take a look at the videos from our Information Days 2024, which provide detailed explanations of our various courses of study.

The faculty at HEMU includes some of the most renowned artists in their field, hailing from the city, the region, and around the world. They will train and guide you throughout your education, sharing with you the knowledge that only the best professional artists can offer.

Check the list of professors.


Information Days:

Many of our professors are available for consultation sessions with prospective students during our information days. Our Information Days take place in January each year.

In the meantime, take a look at our 2024 Information Days videos, which provide detailed explanations of our different courses.

HEMU provides its students with four competency sites with complementary identities and qualities. Its presence in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, in the cantons of Vaud, Fribourg, and Valais, allows for a wide diversification of collaborations and partnerships. Classical music is practiced at these three locations. The Flon district in Lausanne hosts the campus dedicated to Jazz and Pop music.

Classical music
Jazz and Pop music

The Student Association (ADE HEMU) creates a direct link between students and the school's administration. If you have any question regarding your studies, ADE are here to help!

Additionally, the student association organises concerts, a Ball, events to welcome new students, various bonding activities and parties throughout the school year.

Finally, the ADE defends the quality of life and work of the students, mainly by helping with living arrangements and practice rooms, as well as reevaluating the current practice room system on a regular basis.

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