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Bachelor of Music -
Brass Instruments

About the programme

The bachelor's degree programme in brass at the Cologne University of Music and Dance can be studied with the main subjects horn, trombone, trumpet or tuba. In addition to individual tuition, chamber music is traditionally very important for brass students. The artistically well-matched team of teachers favours this ensemble work. In the newly founded brass academy, students make music together with their teachers. The work phases of the university orchestra, projects of the departments of old and new music, choir and opera performances expand the possibilities of experience for our students. Master classes, workshops and performances within the framework of our diverse cooperations complement the range of studies. Detailed information about the respective major subject can be obtained by contacting the respective major subject teacher directly.

If you have any questions about the degree programme, please contact: Prof. Ulrich Flad

Basic information

Degree Bachelor of Music
Period of study 8 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 240 Credits
Major subjects Horn, Posaune, Trompete, Tuba
Continuing study options Master of Music Wind Instruments, Master of Music Chamber Music, Master of Music Orchestral Playing
Impressions from the study programme
Unterrichtssituation mit Professor und Studierende mit dem Instrument Horn.
Unterrichtssituation mit Professor und Studierende mit dem Instrument Tuba.
Studierender auf einer Empore und spielt Posaune.
Eine Hand hält eine Posaune.

Applications are submitted online via the muvac platform. All information on the procedure can be found on our application page.

Admission requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualification or a comparable higher education entrance qualification
  • Proof of a language certificate Test DaF 3 for non-German-speaking applicants
  • Successfully passed aptitude test

Aptitude test

The aptitude test consists of the following three parts

  1. Artistic-practical examination in the main subject (duration approx. 15 minutes)
  2. Practical artistic examination in the minor subject piano (duration approx. 10 minutes)
  3. Music theory (elementary composition/ear training) (written examinations, duration together approx. 90 minutes)

Detailed information can be found in the aptitude test regulations, in particular in the appendix for content requirements and conduct of the examination.

The programme is divided into a basic study period (1st and 2nd year) with a high proportion of compulsory modules and a differentiated main study period (3rd and 4th year). The structural framework is formed by 7 main modules and the 8th profile-forming module:

Core module (main subject teaching)

  1. artistic-practical context (orchestra, chamber music, subsidiary subject)
  2. education (ear training, music theory, musicology)
  3. teaching (didactics)
  4. professionalisation (musicianship, etc.)
  5. Bachelor thesis / interdisciplinary project
  6. Supplement
  7. Profile formation, you can choose between the profile Orchestra and the profile Instrumental Pedagogy.

It takes four years to complete your Bachelor's degree. Participation in all required courses is certified in the form of credit points, 60 per year, 240 in total. Graded examinations in the core module (major subject) take place after the second and fourth year of study. The degree includes a Bachelor's thesis, which can be presented in the form of a one-hour concert, for example, taking into account your own profile. Public concerts and weekly auditions of the training classes serve - in addition to participation in the ensembles of the university - to test real performance situations.

Supervision in the core module includes weekly lessons and auditions, correpetition, secondary instrument lessons, reed/reed building (clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon) chamber music and orchestral literature playing (ensemble exercises). In addition, workshops are offered by renowned external musicians, for example for new playing techniques of contemporary music, performance practice of early music, mental training, ensemble-suitable listening, etc..

Aufführungspraxis für Bläser

  • Thomas WormittKöln


  • Thibaud RobinneKöln

Fachdidaktik 2 tiefe Blechblasinstrumente, Posaune

  • Jochen PauleKöln


  • Prof. Paul van Zelm, Dean Department 3 – Köln
  • Ralph FickerAachen
  • Clara-Christine HohorstWuppertal
  • Karsten HoffmannWuppertal
  • Clara KalmikKöln

Horn, Naturhorn

  • Ulrich HübnerKöln

Horn, Wagnertuba

  • Johann RindbergerKöln

Korrepetition Bläser

  • Philip van BurenKöln
  • Masako EguchiKöln

Korrepetition Horn

  • Zeynep Artun-KircherKöln

Korrepetition Klarinette und Trompete

  • Junko ShiodaKöln

Korrepetition Posaune, Trompete

  • Mio Kurihara-WippichKöln

Korrepetition Trompete und Posaune

  • Chie OgataKöln


  • Peter StuhecWuppertal
  • Jan BöhmeAachen
  • Prof. Ulrich FladKöln

Posaune, Bass-Posaune

  • Maxine TroglauerKöln


  • Prof. Urban AgnasKöln
  • Simon BalesAachen
  • Martin GrieblKöln
  • Florian KirnerKöln


  • Prof. José-Luis Estellés-DasiAachen

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