Pop Music


The goal of the Bachelor of Arts in Music is to impart the knowledge and techniques specific to each discipline, while also promoting a more interdisciplinary general approach. These studies usually last three years and are worth 180 ECTS credits. It is compulsory to obtain the title of Bachelor before entering the second cycle of studies, the Master (MA). 

The HEMU offers three Bachelor’s degree tracks, all organized in the same way. The students take five modules corresponding to their specific track:

  • Main Discipline
  • Bachelor work
  • Opening module
  • Experience path
  • General Musical Training 

Practical training and a general education in musical culture thus complete the study of the main discipline. In the 2nd and 3rd years, a choice opening module prefigures master level specialization and future professional integration and opens up to interdisciplinarity and innovation. 

Rules and regulations for Bachelor and Master studies (.pdf)

Because of the numerous registration queries the HEMU receives annually, candidates applying for a Bachelor’s degree will be subjected to a competitive entrance examination in order to evaluate their skills.

STUDY PLANS 2019-2020

STUDY PLANS 2018-2019

STUDY PLANS 2017-2018

Please read the full page below before filling out your application form.


The deadline for enrollment in the entrance exam is March 1st of every year.


Applicants must be in possession of a recognised secondary school diploma, a recognised professional diploma, or a recognised specialized diploma in Music and Performing Arts department. There is no age limit. Special dispensations are occasionally granted to candidates of outstanding ability.


Courses are given in French. A minimal level of French is required. The recommended level is the B2 level of the "European Portfolio of Languages".


The enrollment should be done by filling in the enrollment form to the admission exams.

Only fully completed, type-written application forms with the following attached documents will be considered:

  • registration form, including exam program (page 5 of the registration form)
  • 2 passport-size photos (with first name and family name written on the back), one of whom must be pasted on the registration form
  • curriculum vitae
  • essay in support of one’s application
  • list of repertory learned during previous studies
  • a copy of applicant’s diploma (maturité, baccalauréat, Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, General Certificate of Education, Kotogakko, etc.)
  • copies of previous musical diplomas and transcripts
  • copy of valid ID (identity card or passport)
  • proof of payment of the CHF 80.- enrollment fee (non-refundable)
  • copies of the admission program's musical scores

The complete application dossier should be sent to:

Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne
Musique Actuelles
Côtes-de-Montbenon 22
CH - 1003 Lausanne
T. + 41 21 321 35 39


The CHF 80.- enrollment fee must be paid by bank transfer to:

Fondation du Conservatoire de Lausanne
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
Case postale 300, 1001 Lausanne
Account n° 796.42.85 / Clearing : 767
IBAN number : CH35 0076 7000 R079 6428 5

Proof of bank transfer must be included in the application dossier. The enrollment fee is non-refundable

Taxes et écolages 2019-2020 (.pdf)


From 8 to 12 April 2019 (these dates are subject to change).


Selon conditions d’admission : Conditions d’admission Bachelor Musiques Actuelles procédure 2019 (.pdf)

Liste de répertoire (.pdf)


Examen d'admission théorique (.pdf)


Règlement des études Bachelor et Master (.pdf)


Students, and particularly foreign students, are not insured by the HEMU in case of accidents or illness. Students must subscribe to a private insurance policy and furnish proof of subscription at the time of enrollment.

The HEMU’s Bachelor of Arts as Creative Performer focuses on developing instrumental and theoretical skills, as well as original and creative artistic abilities. It also puts the emphasis on acquiring technical knowledge to train musicians to be in tune with the technologies used in the professional industry.

Classes, workshops, conferences and masterclasses address a large panel of disciplines that are essential to a professional career:

  • Instrumental / vocal techniques
  • Creative workshops & masterclasses
  • Harmony & Music theory
  • Composition & Song writing
  • Recording & Studio mixing
  • Computer-assisted music (CAM)
  • Environment & Management
  • History of Popular Music

In modern and adapted infrastructures, students benefit from personalized supervision within classes where the numbers allow for dedicated care and attention. They receive lessons and advice from experienced teachers and contributors who are renowned in their practice. Efficient monitoring helps them develop their creative talent and understand how to make the most of it in their future career. Personal homework and workshops bring practical experience through studio or stage projects, in an ensemble or as soloist.

Everything the students need to become musicians, composers or producers, to work as independent artists or as relevant agents of the music industry, is provided. During the course, works of personal composition and performance at a professional standard will feed into a portfolio, an essential reference tool for the development of their career. As they grow to become reliable professionals, the students will learn to debate, argue and develop critical thinking, which will be essential in their future artistic activities.

To gain admittance to the Department of Popular Music is to benefit from rewarding collaborations with internationally and Swiss renowned artists and institutions. It also means belonging to a creative community and having the opportunity to create a network. Once the studies are over, the students can still enjoy support and help to develop their career.

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