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Bachelor of Music -

Steep Career Ladder.

The guitar department of the Cologne University of Music and Dance with its locations in Cologne, Wuppertal and Aachen has been one of the most renowned addresses for the artistic and pedagogical training of students for decades. As authoritative protagonists, the teachers at the Hochschule have shaped and continue to shape the development of the instrument in recent decades, both artistically and in research and teaching. Numerous national and international prizewinners of the most famous guitar competitions have emerged from their classes to date.

If you have any questions about the study program, please contact the responsible person.

Basic information

Degree Bachelor of Music
Period of study 8 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 240 Credits
Major subjects Gitarre
Continuing study options Master of Music Guitar, Concert exam
Impressions from the study program
Unterrichtssituation Gitarre mit Professor und Studierende.
Zwei Personen spielen auf der Gitarre.

Special features of the study

Extensive networks of extracurricular activities in the three locations and the surrounding area ensure a broad field of activity for the students. There are a number of guitar festivals and competitions, often artistically initiated and directed by the teachers. In municipal and private music schools, students have the opportunity for accompanying internships, sometimes even resulting in initial employment.
Many concert series, churches and independent organizers offer students a forum for their artistic presentation. All of this leads to a high-caliber education that combines traditional and current requirements of the various artistic and instrumental pedagogical professions with the high educational standards of the university.


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

Admission requirements

  • General university entrance qualification or a comparable university entrance qualification
  • Proof of a TestDaF 3 language certificate for non-German-speaking applicants
  • Successfully passed aptitude test

Qualifying examination

The aptitude test takes place in two parts.

  1. Artistic-practical examination in the main subject (program duration 20 minutes)
  2. Music theory (approx. 90 minutes)

Detailed information can be found in the aptitude test regulations, especially in the appendix for content requirements and conduct of the test.
For the artistic courses of study, we recommend that you contact the main subject teacher of your choice in good time; they will be happy to advise you personally.

The program 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 6 main modules as well as module 8, which allows the choice between the profile Solo/Chamber Music and the profile Instrumental Pedagogy.

  1. Core module
  2. artistic practical context
  3. Education
  4. Mediation
  5. Professionalization
  6. Bachelor thesis / interdisciplinary project
  7. Profiling solo/chamber music or instrumental pedagogy

After the two-year basic study period, the following profiles are possible in the following main study period (also 2 years) with guitar as the artistic core subject:

  • Instrument Solo
  • Instrument chamber music (here the following instrumentations are possible: guitar duo; voice-guitar; flute-guitar; violin-guitar; mandolin-guitar; guitar trio; guitar quartet)
  • Instrumental Pedagogy
Ein Finger zeigt auf einen Notenständer mit Noten.
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Prof. Gerhad Reichenbach mit einer Gitarre
Prof. Gerhard Reichenbach
Vice Dean Department 1
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Sedanstraße 15
42275 Wuppertal