Swiss University Unveils Yodelling Degree

Yodellers in Switzerland have something to sing about after a university revealed it will offer degrees in the alpine art-form. The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Luasa) will run a three-year bachelor’s degree and a twoyear master’s, starting from the 2018-19 academic year.

Yodelling is a form of singing which involves wobbling the voice up and down in a rapid change of pitch. It was traditionally used by Swiss herdsmen to communicate in the mountains, but later adopted by musicians for its entertainment potential. Luasa is the first university in Switzerland to unveil a yodelling degree. The course will be led by Nadja Räss, a prize-winning Swiss yodeller with her own academy in Zurich.

Michael Kaufmann, who heads the university’s music department, said he was thrilled by the development.