The various buildings that make up the site in Geneva are located in the city centre, in the district of Plainpalais. The students thus benefit from the amenities of the city centre (accessibility, shops and services, leisure) and physical proximity to our main partner institutions: the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Contrechamps, etc. The main concert halls are also nearby (Victoria Hall, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, Studio Ansermet, etc.)

The Dufour building is the main building at the Geneva site. The site also contains several concert venues, including the Blackbox, the Centre des cultures, a cinema, a cafeteria, a lecture hall, a video studio, and numerous classrooms. Also at the site are the offices of the directors of the team coordinating the Master’s in music education course.

A short distance away, the Petitot building houses the Stock Exchange room, several classrooms, the Centre de musique électroacoustique, the recording studio and most of the activities run by the early music department. There are also classrooms at 58, rue du Stand. The percussion centre is the focus of the activities and instrument store for the percussion classes. It is situated underneath the Uni-Mail esplanade.

Finally, the Synagogue building contains all of the HEM’s administrative services (Management, Studies Office, Accounting, Human Resources, Communication, Production, Coordination of Teaching, Research) and the CMG-HEM library.

Plan of the sites in Geneva and Neuchâtel
Plan of the Dufour building


All room bookings are carried out solely online, using the student’s AAI account name followed by

  • All the buildings at the site in Geneva are equipped with a new digital system enabling them to be accessed outside the official opening hours.
  • The students have the ability to use certain workrooms when they are not being used for lessons or academic activities.
  • Only students who have paid their student tax can access the rooms. They are personally responsible for booking their room, and this must be done online.
  • Students may only book rooms whose use, for the family of instruments to which their instrument belongs, is authorised.
  • Bookings may be made up to 2 days in advance, from 7pm onwards each evening.
  • A total of 4 consecutive hours per day is permitted. 2 additional hours per day may be added up to 5 minutes before the time of the booking.
  • Chamber music rooms may be booked a maximum of 7 days before the room is used, and a minimum of 48 hours before it is used.

Reading room

The reading room, located on the 2nd floor of the Dufour building, provides a quiet working area from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.