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Institutes, Centers and Projects

The Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln is supported by two large, program-based institutes as well as the Institute for Early Music and the Institute for New Music.

In addition to a large number of world-renowned instructors, the highlights of the Institute for Early Music include the the multifaceted, often inter-disciplinary projects it produces, as well as its connections to Cologne’s early music scene and numerous well-known ensembles.

Established in 2009, the Institute for New Music stands out for its excellent setting for students (e.g., a Paris scholarship for highly talented composers starting 2010/11), the planned construction of its own branch office, as well as joint productions with the MusikFabrik NRW and the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). Students at the Institute regularly participate in music festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage and the Musik Triennale Köln.

The establishment of the Centre for Contemporary Dance in 2009 completely reformed the dance degree program and gave it a clear, contemporary direction. Students can earn a university degree (B.A. Dance) recognized throughout Europe, in which they specialize in stage dancing or dance education after two years. Students can further gain training in dance studies and dance education by completing a master’s degree. The curriculum at the Center for Contemporary Dance is highlighted by practical experience, relevance to the profession, internationality, inter-disciplinary courses, performance experience, and the incorporation of current trends. The Centre for Contemporary Dance also considers itself a transdisciplinary centre for dance research that uses dance as a vehicle for collaboration with other institutions and partners in order to increase what we know about the body, movement, dance, and performance and develop concrete forms of artistic and academic events.

In addition, the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln not only offers the same degree programs for “classical disciplines” that an academic music or performing arts institution might offer, but also the following innovative opportunities:

  • The PreCollege Cologne, a sponsoring organization that focuses on talented children and young people
  • The Center for International Arts Management supported by three other partner higher education institutions (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Hochschule für Medien Köln, Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf) and dedicated to expanding the scope of the arts through its Master of Arts in International Art Management, interdisciplinary curriculum, advanced training opportunities, publications, and research and development activities
  • The Peter-Ostwald-Institut for musicians’ health – an institute dedicated to research and therapy as well as therapy education in the overlapping area between music and medicine