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Master of Music -
Catholic Church Music

Professionalization of their own art.

The master's program lasts four semesters and complements an undergraduate degree. The study program serves the artistic deepening in the most important church music disciplines following the study program Bachelor of Music Church Music. With the Master of Music Catholic Church Music degree, it is possible to take on an outstanding position as a church musician (previously: A position). In addition, the Master's degree in Church Music offers many other job opportunities in the music profession due to its comprehensive qualification.

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

Basic information

Degree Master of Music
Period of study 4 Semester
Course begin Sommer- und Wintersemester
ECTS points 120 Credits
Major subjects Kirchenmusik
Impressions from the study program
Orgelraum der HfMT Köln
Ausschnitt der Orgelpfeifen.

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

Admission requirement

  • A Bachelor's degree in church music or a comparable degree in a traditional, undergraduate academic program (e.g. church music diploma) is required.
  • Students who have not earned their degree at a German-speaking institution must prove that they have sufficient German language skills (min. level A2 according to the European Framework of Reference).
  • Successfully passed aptitude test

Qualifying examination

The aptitude test is an artistic-practical examination with an approximate duration of 20 minutes, in which skills in organ, choral conducting, improvisation and singing must be presented. Detailed information can be found in the Qualifying Examination Regulations, especially in the appendix for content requirements and conduct of the examination. Application for the program can be made for either the winter semester or the summer semester. The application deadline is either 01.03. (winter semester) or 01.10. (summer semester) each year.

In the postgraduate studies Master Church Music, the knowledge acquired in the Bachelor (or Diploma) program is expanded. In the 3rd and 4th semesters there is also a deepening of a self-selected core module in the subject of choral conducting, orchestral conducting, children's choral conducting, organ or liturgical organ playing.

You can find a list of our lecturers on the following page.

The following organs are used in the college for practice and lessons:

  • Klais/Thomas III/47
  • Schuke - III/38
  • Ahrend - II/19
  • Cavaille Coll/Mutin - II/12
  • Eule - III/6 (various alternating loops)
  • Rohlf - II/5

Outside the university there are possibilities to use various instruments of the diverse Cologne church landscape. In particular:

  • St. Kunibert, Kuhn - III/42
  • Trinitatiskirche, Klais - III/44, inauguration January 2010
  • Cathedral, Klais - IV/89 and III/53 (students of the university play regularly at the weekday noon prayers in the cathedral)
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Prof. Dr. Winfried Bönig
Orgel/Liturgisches Orgelspiel
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Unter Krahnenbäumen 87
50668 Köln