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Master of Music -

Passion becomes profession.

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 of the guitar for decades. As decisive protagonists, the teachers of this college have shaped and continue to shape the development of the instrument in recent decades, both artistically and in research and teaching. Their classes have produced numerous national and international prize winners of the most renowned guitar competitions.

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

Basic information

Degree Master of Music
Period of study 4 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 120 Credits
Major subjects Gitarre, Historische Zupfinstrumente
Continuing study options Master of Music Historical instruments & baroque singin, Concert exam
Impressions from the study program
Unterrichtssituation Gitarre mit Professor und Studierende.
Unterrichtssituation mit einer Studierenden die Gitarre spielt.

Special features of the study

Extensive networks of extracurricular activities in the three locations and the surrounding area also ensure a broad field of activity for 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 also offer students a forum for their artistic presentation. All of this leads to a high-caliber education that combines traditional as well as current demands of the various artistic and instrumental pedagogical professions with the high educational standards of the university and thus forms the practice-oriented context for the new courses of study within the Bachelor's and Master's systems.


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 the artistic major guitar 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 guitar (program duration approx. 45 minutes). Detailed information can be found in the aptitude test regulations, especially in the appendix for content requirements and conduct of the test. We recommend for the artistic courses to contact the main subject teacher of your choice in time, you will be gladly advised personally.

The course of study provides for four modules. The core area (Module 1) with the main subject teaching 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.

Current events

Konzertsaal Aachen
Konzertsaal Aachen
Konzertsaal Aachen
Konzertsaal Aachen


Prof. Gerhad Reichenbach mit einer Gitarre
Prof. Gerhard Reichenbach
Vice Dean Department 1
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Sedanstraße 15
42275 Wuppertal