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Bachelor of Music -

A unique study.

For three decades, mandolin training at the Cologne University of Music and Dance in Wuppertal has been the top address for artistic and pedagogical studies of the instrument. This is also where the only professorship in Germany for the artistic major mandolin is currently located. Mandolin education has been setting standards in the professionalization of students for decades and is considered a center of excellence in the international mandolin world. Artistic skills, didactic as well as musicological knowledge are taught to the students by top-class lecturers and lead to a comprehensive education. The artistic education in the main subject mandolin can be extended by the study of the soprano lute / baroque mandolin and offers in the combination of both instruments far-reaching possibilities of artistic realization. The lessons in the main subject are supplemented with weekly auditions as well as chamber music units. Numerous concert performances inside and outside the university as well as the possibility to participate in competitions complement the artistic education and offer the opportunity to gain a wide variety of artistic experiences. The possibility of correpetition with guitar / lute supports the development of new works and their performance.

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

Basic information

Degree Bachelor of Music
Period of study 8 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 240 Credits
Major subjects Mandoline
Continuing study options Concert exam, Master of Music Mandolin
Impressions from the study program
Unterrichtssituation mit zwei Studierenden mit dem Instrument Mandoline
Ausschnitt einer Mandoline

Special features of the study

A highlight of the training is the participation in the ensemble Cappella dei Leutini. This unique ensemble, which performs on historical instruments of the lute family, brings the diverse music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods back to life in a particularly striking way. Students, graduates and lecturers of the Cologne University of Music and Dance, Wuppertal location, make music together on soprano lutes, tenor lute, baroque guitar, vihuela and viola da gamba. Didactic skills are taught in a practical way. Cooperation with music schools, for example in the form of internships, as well as work in the amateur sector through participation in seminars and workshops, and collaboration with plucked string orchestras create fields of activity that underpin the education and create early links to later professional life.

Musicological know-how broadens access to the instrument, which in many respects is still unexplored. The teaching of procedures that facilitate access to unknown literature and sources or the use of new media is also a significant part of the training. The high educational standards at the university ensure that the traditional as well as current requirements of the various artistic and instrumental pedagogical professions are met in a practice-oriented manner within the framework of the Bachelor's and Master's system.

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 (approx. 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.

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 and the profile-forming module 8:

  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 studies, the following profiles are possible in the following main studies (also 2 years) with the mandolin as the artistic main subject.

  • Instrument solo/chamber music
  • Instrumental Pedagogy

Fachdidaktik Mandoline

  • Jeannette Mozos del CampoWuppertal

Korrepetition Mandoline

  • Elizaveta SoloveyWuppertal


  • Prof. Caterina LichtenbergWuppertal

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Prof. Caterina Lichtenberg
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Sedanstraße 15
42275 Wuppertal