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Master of Music -

Secretly second conducting.

The master's degree program in percussion and timpani at HfMT Cologne offers students the opportunity to gain diverse playing experience in a variety of ensembles, to try things out and to gain extensive experience. Internationally renowned soloists and teachers pass on their skills to the students.

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

Basic information

Degree Master of Music
Period of study 4 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 120 Credits
Major subjects Pauke/Schlagzeug

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

Admission requirement

  • Proof of successful completion of a four-year Bachelor's degree with percussion as the main artistic subject or a comparable degree from a conservatory, university or equivalent institution.
  • Students who have not obtained 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 consists of an artistic-practical examination in the main subject percussion (duration approx. 20 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. Applications for the qualifying examination must be submitted by March 1.

The course of study provides for four modules. The core area (module 1) with the main subject teaching clearly forms the focus of the study. It is supplemented by the module artistic-practical context and an elective area. Module 4 concludes the program with the master's thesis or project.

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

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Konzertsaal Köln


Prof. Carlos Tarcha
Schlagzeug / Pauken
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Unter Krahnenbäumen 87
50668 Köln