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Bachelor of Music -
Woodwind Instruments

World-class new and early music.

The woodwinds program can be studied with the main subjects bassoon, clarinet, flute, saxophone and oboe. The artistic and personal team of professors favors ensemble work in all formations, and in the newly founded Wind Academy students make music together with their teachers. The work phases of the university orchestra, projects of the departments of old and new music, choral and opera performances succeed not least because of the excellent performance of our students.

The high number of successful university graduates who have been able to establish themselves professionally after their studies or prize winners of international competitions confirm the high level of systematic pedagogical development work. The resulting attractiveness prompts many highly talented applicants to qualify for a place at our university.

Detailed information about each major can be obtained by contacting the respective major instructor directly.

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

Basic information

Degree Bachelor of Music
Period of study 8 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 240 Credits
Major subjects Fagott, Klarinette, Oboe, Querflöte, Saxophon
Continuing study options Master of Music Wind Instruments, Master of Music Chamber Music, Master of Music Orchestral Playing
Impressions from the woodwind study program
Unterrichtssituation mit Professor und Studierender mit einer Klarinette.
Unterrichtssituation Fagott mit Professor und Studierender.
Unterrichtssituation mit Professor und Studierender auf einem Saxophon.
Unterrichtssituation Fagott mit Professor und Studierender.

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 consists of the following three parts:

  1. Artistic-practical examination in the main subject (duration approx. 15 minutes)
  2. Artistic-practical examination in the minor subject piano (duration approx. 10 minutes)
  3. Music theory (elementary theory of movements/aural training) (written exams, duration together approx. 90 minutes)

Detailed information can be found in the Qualifying Examination Regulations, in particular in the appendix for content requirements and conduct of the examination.

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 7 main modules and the 8th profile-forming module:

  1. core module (main subject teaching)
  2. artistic-practical context (orchestra, chamber music, minor subject)
  3. education (ear training, music theory, musicology)
  4. mediation (didactics)
  5. professionalization (musicianship, etc.)
  6. Bachelor thesis / interdisciplinary project
  7. Supplement
  8. 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, a total of 240 you must achieve. Graded examinations in the core module (major) 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 the student's 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/blade construction (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-oriented listening, etc..

Assistenz Gauthier

  • Roman MarkelovKöln

Assistenz Wetzel

  • Jérémy SassanoKöln


  • Bettina SimonKöln


This teaching subject has not been assigned to any persons.


  • Benedikt SeelWuppertal
  • Mathis StierKöln
  • Valentino ZucchiattiAachen
  • Minori TsujiyamaKöln
  • Yumi DegerKöln
  • Prof. Ulrich HermannKöln
  • Oskar MünchgesangKöln


  • Thadeus WatsonKöln


  • Michael SchmidtWuppertal
  • Christoph SchneiderAachen
  • Prof. Christof HilgerKöln
  • Prof. Frank Ralph Manno, Vice Dean Department 3 – Köln

Klarinette, Fachdidaktik

  • Nicolai PfefferKöln

Korrepetition Bläser

  • Philip van BurenKöln
  • Masako EguchiKöln

Korrepetition Holzbläser, Schwerp. Klarinette, Klavier

  • Nenad LecicKöln

Korrepetition Holzbläser, Schwerpunkt Flöte

  • Hanna HeinmaaKöln

Korrepetition Holzbläser, Schwerpunkt Oboe und Fagott

  • Jin Young LeeKöln

Korrepetition Holzbläser, Schwerpunkt Saxophon

  • Robbin RezaKöln

Korrepetition Klarinette und Trompete

  • Junko ShiodaKöln

Korrepetition Saxophon

  • Jang-Eun Bae-GauthierKöln


  • Peter VealeKöln
  • Prof. Christian Wetzel, Vice Dean Department 3 – Köln
  • Keita YamamotoAachen
  • Manuel BilzWuppertal


  • Ulrike SieblerWuppertal


  • Prof. Dirk PeppelWuppertal
  • Prof. Robert WinnKöln
  • Camila Moukarzel OrtegaKöln

Querflöte/ Piccolo

  • Eva Maria ThiébaudAachen


  • Sebastian PottmeierKöln
  • Anze RupnikKöln
  • Prof. Daniel Gauthier, Vice Dean Department 3 – Köln

Saxophon Ensemble

  • Xavier Larsson PaezKöln


  • Prof. Leonard SchelbKöln

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Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Unter Krahnenbäumen 87
50668 Köln