Teaching music in the 21st century requires a wide range of skills.

It is no longer enough merely to be a good musician with good pedagogical instincts. Teaching music is a creative and enriching profession, and a rare craft, one that opens aesthetic and emotional doors through social connections. The teaching of pedagogy at the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM) aims to give students the skills and resources to practise their future profession in the best possible conditions.

The four pillars of pedagogy at the HEM :

  • Educational sciences, which are taught by musicians who also hold university degrees in education sciences.
  • Didactics, which are covered by professors in instruments, singing or music theory, and who have been active at music schools for many years.
  • Internships, with the collaboration of music school professors who allow the students to experiment and improve their professional habits and skills in their class.
  • Autonomous management of a teaching project in a group and the production of a diploma thesis targeting personalized professional habits and skills.

Close collaborations with Geneva’s music schools and the mandatory school

The HEM's pedagogy department has formed close partnerships with Geneva's music schools, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique Danse Théâtre and the accredited schools of the Confédération des Écoles Genevoises de Musique. It also collaborates with the Department of Public Education of the State of Geneva (DIP) in partnership with the University Institute for Teacher Training of the University of Geneva (IUFE-UNIGE).

In the medium term, the pedagogy department wishes to develop a range of lifelong learning courses that meet the needs of the field. An initial module will be offered from February 2024 on how to handle orchestras in the classroom, in collaboration with the DIP's Service écoles et sport, art, citoyenneté (SESAC).


Teachers of major disciplines

Sarah Branchi-Cascone

Professor of piano Jaques-Dalcroze

Born in Aix-en-Provence, Sarah Branchi Cascone began her musical studies there, later completing them at the CRR of Montpellier. After obtaining Diplomas in Musical Studies in piano and chamber music, she joined the Cefedem-Sud (now IESM) at a very young age, where she earned a piano teaching diploma. Her musical journey then led her to the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM) to continue her studies in the class of Dominique Weber. There, she obtained a teaching diploma and later a concert diploma. Passionate about pedagogy and teaching from a young age, Sarah Branchi Cascone has been teaching piano since 2003 at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze and within the Master’s in Pedagogy program, Jaques-Dalcroze orientation, at HEM. She has performed as a soloist and in various chamber music formations in Switzerland, France, and Argentina. In 2008, she founded the Tashko-Branchi duo with pianist Olta Tashko. The two pianists regularly perform recitals in France and Switzerland. In 2017, they participated in the complete concertos of J.S. Bach for 2, 3, and 4 pianos with the Terpsycordes Quartet. In 2019, they premiered the show "Vagabond et Visionnaire" by S. Arnauld, based on poems by F. Nietzsche.

Pablo Ernesto Cernik

Professor of Keyboard Harmony and Jaques-Dalcroze Writing - Instrumental Improvisation - Physical and Mental Preparation: Bodily Approach to Music through Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics - Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics - Jaques-Dalcroze Solfège

Pablo Cernik is currently employed as an adjunct professor, teaching in the Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and CAS programs in the Music and Movement Department at the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM). He collaborates with the department's administration on tasks related to the visibility of the programs and also with the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in coordinating the Diplôme Supérieur. He is the director of the Dalcroze Certificate programs in Italy, Spain, Chile, and Argentina. He has significantly contributed to the dissemination of the method by conducting workshops and conferences in various regions and countries across Europe, Asia, and Latin America. As an opera, chamber music, and dance pianist, his presentations have placed particular emphasis on multidisciplinary creation. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Arts at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA) in Buenos Aires. He is a member of the Jaques-Dalcroze College and the central committee of the International Federation of Eurhythmics Teachers (FIER). He is also the president of the Dalcroze Association of Argentina.

Tamaé Gennai Deveaud

Professor of Instrumental Improvisation - Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics - Jaques-Dalcroze Solfège

Tamaé Gennai was born in Geneva, where she began her musical training at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze from a young age. In 2007, she graduated with a Master of Arts (Jaques-Dalcroze Pedagogy, receiving the Conseil d’Etat Prize and the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze Prize). She continued her studies in solfège and counterpoint at the Haute école de musique de Genève, obtaining her advanced solfège certificate in 2008. She furthered her piano and pedagogical training with Robert Kaddouch in Paris. Tamaé teaches music and movement to diverse audiences (parents-children, adolescents, seniors, the psychiatric department of HUG, etc.), and in 2019, she received the Diplôme Supérieur in the Jaques-Dalcroze method, allowing her to teach the method to professionals. On this occasion, she was awarded the Aletheia Foundation Prize for her group choreography. She teaches eurhythmics, solfège, pedagogy, improvisation, and performance creation at the Haute Ecole des Arts de Berne. Since 2021, she has also been teaching regularly in Bucharest. In addition to her career as a pedagogue and teacher, Tamaé performs as a musician and singer on stages in Switzerland, France, and Sweden with singer and guitarist Jackson Wahengo (traditional music of Namibia) and writes and directs numerous multidisciplinary shows (music, dance, theater) with the Compagnie TaMiErO. In 2019, she was awarded a writing grant from the Swiss Society of Authors for her children's show "L’enfant do," which was premiered at the Petit Théâtre de Lausanne. Dedicated to linking her stage and pedagogical skills to serve audiences with limited access to the arts, she has created several performance projects in the slums of Kolkata and Mumbai, in Geneva's Villas Yoyo, and within the creativity workshops of the IJD. Learn more about Tamaé Gennai Deveaud.

Stephane Ginsburgh

Professor of Jaques-Dalcroze Piano

Stéphane Ginsburgh has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at numerous international festivals such as Ars Musica, Quincena Musical, ZKM Imatronic, Agora Ircam, Bach Academie Brugge, Ultima Oslo, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Gaida (Vilnius), Warsaw Autumn, Musica Strasbourg, Klara Festival, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. A tireless explorer of the repertoire and an adventurer in new combinations involving voice, percussion, performance, or electronics, he dedicated himself early on to contemporary music while developing a vast classical repertoire. He regularly performs with the Ictus ensemble and has collaborated with composers such as Frederic Rzewski, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Stefan Prins, Alec Hall, and Matthew Shlomowitz, premiering their works. He has also worked with choreographers such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Enthusiastic about immersive performances, Stéphane Ginsburgh has performed the complete Prokofiev sonatas or the last six Beethoven sonatas in a single evening. After earning a Master's degree in music, he studied with Paul Badura-Skoda, Claude Helffer, Jerome Lowenthal, and Vitaly Margulis. He was the artistic director of the Centre Henri Pousseur, a studio for mixed and electronic music based in Liège. He holds a Bachelor's degree in the philosophy of science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a PhD in Arts from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. Stéphane Ginsburgh has recorded about fifteen albums for Sub Rosa, World Edition, Grand Piano (Naxos), and Kairos. His complete recording of Prokofiev's Piano Sonatas, described as a “captivating” and “essential” version (La Libre Belgique), was released by Cypres Records. Learn more about Stéphane Ginsburgh.

Florence Jaccottet

Head of the Music and Movement Department - Professor of Creative Experimentation Workshop - Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics - Movement Technique and Composition - Coordinator of Physical and Mental Preparation

Born in 1989 in Lausanne, Florence Jaccottet began studying Jaques-Dalcroze eurhythmics at a young age at the Conservatory of her hometown. Simultaneously, she studied piano in the class of Helena Maffli, completing her course in 2008 with a Prize of Excellence. Driven by her passion for both musical and physical expression, she pursued the Music and Movement program at the Haute école de musique de Genève, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 2011, awarded the Marguerite Croptier Lange Pedagogy Prize. Two years later, she completed her studies with a Master of Arts in Jaques-Dalcroze Pedagogy, which was recognized with the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute Prize. Florence Jaccottet is currently a scholarship recipient working towards a Diplôme Supérieur, during which she received the Prize for Excellence in Teaching Solfège. Her creation "Entrée en matières," presented in 2017 in a duo with percussionist Michael Chapon, was awarded the Alethéia Foundation Prize. In 2015, Florence Jaccottet was awarded the title of Professor of Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics by the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute. She has been teaching this method to both adults and children in various settings since 2011 and continually deepens her expertise by participating in numerous masterclasses abroad. Since 2015, she has been teaching movement technique, composition, and creation at the Haute école de musique de Genève, and in 2018, she was appointed lecturer in eurhythmics at the institution. Balancing teaching with artistic expression, Florence Jaccottet's activities also revolve around her passion for dance, which she has explored in various forms for many years. Since 2013, she has focused particularly on contemporary dance and improvisation with Professor Emilio Artessero Quesada. Her artistic research centers on expressing rhythm and musicality through movement, creating a unique contemporary dance language. This distinctive approach has led to invitations to present her performances and the techniques she develops for future eurhythmics practitioners in Switzerland and, more recently, internationally, including in Japan and South Korea.

Hélène Nicolet

Professor of Instrumental Improvisation - jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Hélène Nicolet was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and began her musical journey through Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute from a young age. With a jazz musician father and an educator mother, her artistic path has been deeply influenced by improvisation and a corporeal approach. She obtained her teaching license in the Dalcroze method in 2006 (awarded for the best level of license, best adult lesson, and best rhythmic exam). Her commitment to teaching was further solidified when she earned a Master of Music Diploma from the Haute école de musique de Genève. During her stay in New York in 2011, she enhanced her interest in movement by becoming a Certified Movement Analyst at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. In 2013, she completed her Advanced Diploma at the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute, the highest title allowing her to fully teach and represent the method (Eurhythmics, Solfege, Improvisation). Alongside her professional training, Hélène Nicolet studied classical piano and received the amateur certificate from the Federation of Music Schools with honors from the jury. She continued her piano study through jazz and classical improvisation. She started playing the cello in her teens and participated in various musical formations (accompanist for opera singers or instrumentalists, baroque trio, jazz-folk duo, and jazz quartet). Currently, she teaches students in the Music and Movement department (Bachelor, Master, and CAS in Dalcroze Eurhythmics). She is frequently invited abroad to teach and present the Jaques-Dalcroze method at various universities and partner centers. Additionally, she works at the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute, where she has been the director since August 2023. Research Projects Proceedings of the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute Congress: https://www.hesge.ch/hem/recherche-developpement/projets-recherche/termine/actes-du-congres-linstitut-jaques-dalcroze Publications Silvia Del Bianco, Sylvie Morgenegg, Hélène Nicolet, Pédagogie, art et science: l’apprentissage par et pour la musique selon la méthode Jaques-Dalcroze, actes du Congrès de l’ijd 2015, Editions Droz et HEM, 2017.https://www.hesge.ch/hem/publications/pedagogie-art-et-science Mary Brice, Ruth Gianadda, Hélène Nicolet, « Racines d’une pratique encore en mouvement », 2019.https://www.dalcroze.ch/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Racines-dune-pratique-encore-en-mouvement.pdf Mary Brice, Ruth Gianadda, Hélène Nicolet, « Roots of a practice still in movement », 2019.https://www.dalcroze.ch/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Roots-of-a-practice-still-in-movement.pdf

Stéphane Orlando

Professor of Improvisation Workshops (Coordinator) - Keyboard Harmony and Dalcroze Writing - Instrumental Improvisation

Laureate of the SABAM for Culture Award for contemporary music in 2020, pianist and composer Stéphane Orlando regularly collaborates with various musicians, ensembles, and orchestras. Since 2022, he has become the composer-in-residence at the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. Stéphane Orlando draws his inspiration from classical, traditional, and jazz music, as well as from his own practice of piano improvisation. He enjoys composing for a single instrument or chamber music, with or without electronics, as well as for orchestras. Above all, he likes to embed his music in a rich narrative context, with a strong sensitivity to images, words, and movements. Stéphane Orlando teaches instrumental improvisation at the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM).

Pascale Rochat-Martinet

Professor of Experimental Workshop: Applied Pedagogy - Keyboard Harmony and Dalcroze Writing - Instrumental Improvisation - Improvisation for Movement and Teaching

Holder of the advanced diploma from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Pascale Rochat-Martinet furthered her education with choral conducting studies in Paris, classical singing at the Conservatory of Lausanne, and training for seniors at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze. She is also involved in the creative group "Aldente," which combines music, theater, and movement. Passionate about pedagogy, she has created numerous rhythmics-solfege courses at the Conservatory of Lausanne, leading her students to certification. Currently, she teaches piano improvisation, rhythmics, and solfege at the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM) as well as at the Haute école de musique de Lausanne (HEMU). Her teaching is directed towards rhythmicians, future piano teachers, and concert performers. She is regularly invited to teach at international higher education institutions and universities. Always seeking to refresh and renew her teaching methods, she has undertaken jazz piano studies. Improvisation being her specialty, she also practices this discipline in various fields: organ improvisation, accompanying Gospel singers, and creating music for podcasts. Her artistic journey is rich, varied, and eclectic. Pascale Rochat-Martinet loves to share her joy of music with everyone, without distinction.

Olivier Rogg

Coordinator of the Music in Schools Orientation, Professor of Modern Improvisation, Transcreations, Ensemble Practice of Contemporary Music

Pianist, composer, and teacher, Olivier Rogg has practiced improvisation from a young age and has accumulated diverse experiences in all areas of contemporary music. In 1983, he obtained his Master of Music Diploma from the Conservatory of Geneva and won the 1st prize for jazz improvisation at the Lyon Festival as well as the Rochette Prize for organ improvisation in Geneva. A member of several groups, including the renowned collective Piano Seven, he has recorded around twenty CDs and performed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Lebanon, Egypt, Brazil, the United States, China, Thailand, and Singapore. He composes for various ensembles, from piano duos—notably with Alaskan Lee Maddeford—to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, for which he wrote "Météorythmes" in 1999 and "Cyclomotion" in 2010 with his colleague and friend Philippe Genevay. With his wife Cécile Polin Rogg and lyricist Janry Varnel, he has co-written more than 150 songs, mostly intended for children's choirs. Deeply involved in music education in public schools, Olivier Rogg teaches at Collège du Renard and the Haute école de musique de Genève, where he is the coordinator of the "Music in Schools" program. Learn more about Olivier Rogg

Carine Tripet

Responsibles of pedagogical programs - Professor of Education Sciences

Holder of a PhD in Social and Political Sciences, specializing in Education Sciences, Carine Tripet is also a musician. Coming from a jazz background but specialized in world vocal music, she is active in Valais where her musical projects revolve around immigration issues and Valaisan heritage. She received the Musique Pro Valais cultural scholarship for the period 2014-2017 with her project ViaVallesia. Formerly a professor at the Haute Ecole Pédagogique du Valais, where she led several programs, she also taught Applied Education Sciences in Music Education for six years at HEMU. The content of her courses is decidedly interdisciplinary, drawing from various relevant disciplines (including, but not limited to: didactics, sociology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, ethics, law), to establish a solid network of concepts and notions that enable young teachers to self-analyze their practice. Her research focuses on the construction of the professional identity of music teachers in connection with cultural democracy. Since 2022, she has been coordinating the pedagogy program at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.

Daniel Zea

Creative Experimentation Workshop / Electroacoustic Jaques-Dalcroze

Designer, sound artist, and composer, Daniel Zea lives and works in Geneva. His artistic universe revolves around instrumental and electroacoustic music, hybrid performances combining video, sound, gesture capture systems, physical computing, and programming. He regularly collaborates on interdisciplinary projects (visual arts, choreography, performance) and teaches at the Haute École d’Art et Design in Geneva. He is involved in the artistic direction of the ensemble Vortex, working both as a composer and performer of electroacoustic music. Highly active in the pedagogical field, he has been a reference artist for multidisciplinary artistic residencies at the Fondation Royaumont and recently at GRAME, a center for musical creation in Lyon. His piece The Fuck Facebook Face Orchestra won the Giga Hertz Preis 2016 from ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), and in 2017, Pocket Enemy was selected by the International Rostrum of Composers. In 2023, he received the Prix pour les Arts Sonores from the Liechti Foundation. In his work, he critically examines the relationship between our society and the digital world, sometimes with a certain political engagement and a touch of humor. However, his musical interests do not end with contemporary experimental creation. He is also passionate about folklore. On the Colombian side, he explores the repertoire of the Caribbean region (cumbia, fandango, porro) with Palenque la Papayera. A lover of traditional music from Southeast Mexico, he is a member of the groups Cocoxoca and Gema y sus Valedores. Daniel Zea was a guest at the Les Amplitudes Festival in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 2024. Learn more about Daniel Zea.

Sarah Branchi Cascone
Pablo Cernik
Tamae Gennai
Stephane Ginsburg
Florence Jaccottet
Helene Nicolet
Stephane Orlando
Pascale Rochat
Olivier Rogg
Carine tripet
Daniel Zea
Teachers of minor disciplines
  • François Abeille
    Didactique instrumentale (violoncelle)
  • Anne Bassand
    Didactique instrumentale (harpe)
  • Félix Bergeron
    Didactique de l'improvisation
  • David Alberto Brito Fuenmayor
    Didactique instrumentale (contrebasse classique)
  • Natacha Casagrande
    Atelier choral, Éléments de direction de chœur (pour Musique à l'école)
  • Jure Cerkovnik
    Didactique instrumentale (guitare)
  • Pablo Ernesto Cernik
    Harmonie au clavier et écriture Jaques-Dalcroze, Préparation physique et mentale : Approche corporelle de la musique par la rythmique Jaques-Dalcroze, Théorie Jaques-Dalcroze
  • David Chappuis
    Didactique instrumentale , Introduction à la musique ancienne , Partimento, Solmisation, Solmisation médiévale , Didactique de la théorie en Haute école de musique , Analyse de l'activité
  • Jean-Marc Daviet
    Didactique instrumentale (cuivres)
  • Juan Pablo Di Pollina
    Didactique de la théorie en école de musique, Didactique instrumentale (théorie école de musique)
  • Philippe Ehinger
    Didactique instrumentale (clarinette)
  • Elie Fumeaux
    Didactique instrumentale (saxophone)
  • Emilie Gruffel
    Analyse de l'activité, Préparation au concert médiation
  • Florence Jaccottet
    Technique et composition du mouvement
  • Cecilia Knudsten
    Didactique instrumentale (viole de gambe - atelier collectif musique ancienne)
  • Théo Kummer
    Guitare d'accompagnement (musique à l'école)
  • Jörg Lingenberg
    Didactique instrumentale (flûte traversière)
  • Frédéric Meyer de Stadelhofen
    Didactique instrumentale (chant)
  • Sylvain Muster
    Didactique instrumentale (chant)
  • Veneziela Naydenova
    Didactique instrumentale (piano)
  • Hélène Nicolet
    Théorie Jaques-Dalcroze
  • Katherine Nikitine
    Didactique instrumentale (piano)
  • Stéphane Orlando
    Harmonie au clavier et écriture Jaques-Dalcroze, Atelier d'improvisation
  • Louis Pantillon
    Didactique instrumentale (violon et alto)
  • Jean-Marie Paraire
    Didactique instrumentale (percussion)
  • Pascale Rochat-Martinet
    Harmonie au clavier et écriture Jaques-Dalcroze, Préparation physique et mentale : Approche corporelle de la musique par la rythmique Jaques-Dalcroze
  • Olivier Rogg
    Improvisation jazz et musiques actuelles, Improvisation moderne, Pédagogie et méthodologie de la musique à l'école, Transcréations
  • Marjorie Saunier
    Analyse de l'activité, Préparation au concert médiation
  • Pascale Servranckx
    Didactique instrumentale (violon et alto)
  • Sébastien Singer
    Didactique instrumentale (violoncelle)
  • Carine Tripet
    Analyse de l'activité, Gestion de l'enseignement en groupe, Sciences de l'éducation
  • Fabrice Vernay
    Analyse de l'activité, Sciences de l'éducation
  • Catherine Westphal-Pepin
    Didactique instrumentale (anches doubles)
  • Daniel Zea
    Électroacoustique Jaques-Dalcroze, Eclairage et régie
  • Nicolas Zorzin
    Didactique instrumentale (flûte à bec)
Transversal academic functions
  • Noémie Bialobroda
    Professor of Chamber Music with Strings - Coordinator of Chamber Music (GE)
  • Nicolas Bolens
    Head of the Composition and Theory Department - Professor of Counterpoint, 20th-Century Writing, and Practical Writing - Coordinator of General Music Training Modules
  • Guillaume Castella
    Adjoint scientifique
  • Manon Edouard-Douriaud
    Assistante HES
  • Florence Jaccottet
    Head of the Music and Movement Department - Professor of Creative Experimentation Workshop - Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics - Movement Technique and Composition - Coordinator of Physical and Mental Preparation
  • Edmée Pasche
    Coordinatrice de la préparation aux métiers
  • Nancy Rieben
    Coordinatrice de l'enseignement
  • Christophe Sturzenegger
    Professeur d'Harmonie au clavier - Harmonie au clavier et improvisation (pour les pianistes) - Piano comme instrument secondaire - Coordination harmonie au clavier et piano comme instrument secondaire
  • Carine Tripet
    Responsibles of pedagogical programs - Professor of Education Sciences
  • Johann Vacher
    Professeur d'Atelier de recherche Master - Harmonie au clavier - Piano comme instrument secondaire - Journées thématiques (coordinateur) - Coordinateur de la musique contemporaine
  • Gerardo Gustavo Vila
    Professor of Chamber Music – Coordinator of Chamber Music (NE)
  • Nicolas Hafner
    Accompagnement de chansons

Research projects