Skip to main content


Art or science? Art and science!

Behind art is science and behind science is art.

Two supposed opposites that are not at all mutually exclusive, but are closely intertwined in our work. We understand music and dance not only as artistic expression, but also as an important part of culture, history and society.

Research areas

At the Cologne University of Music and Dance, intensive scientific research is conducted in the subjects of musicology, music education, dance studies, musician's medicine and arts management. Doctoral degrees can be earned in these subjects as part of the doctoral program. Two scientific institutes are located at Department 5: the Institute for Historical Musicology (IHM) and the Cologne Institute for Music Pedagogical Research (KIM). Numerous research foci contribute to the interdisciplinary scientific profile of the university. The results of the research are presented to the public in the university's weekly lecture series, in regular international symposia, in the university's publication series "musicolonia" and in a variety of other publications.

Guidelines of good scientific practice

The Cologne University of Music and Dance is committed to adhering to the guidelines of good scientific practice. Further information can be found in the following file.

Composition of the Ombudsman Board

  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Hottmann (University of Siegen)
  • Prof. Dr. Yvonne Hardt (HfMT Cologne) as deputy ombudsperson