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Master of Music -

Virtuoso string sounds across musical styles.

For three decades, the mandolin training at the HfMT Cologne in Wuppertal has been the first address for the artistic and pedagogical study of the instrument and is considered a center of competence in the international mandolin world. It is currently home to the only professorship in Europe for the artistic major of mandolin. Artistic skills, didactic and musicological knowledge are taught to the students by the lecturers in an interdisciplinary manner 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 far-reaching possibilities of artistic realization in the combination of both instruments. 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.
In addition to the classical main subject lessons, 1/3 of the main subject lessons can be in other styles such as jazz, pop, Brazilian choro, bluegrass, etc. These lessons are taught by an appropriate faculty member, thus giving students the opportunity to further their stylistic development.

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

Basic information

Degree Master of Music
Period of study 4 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 120 Credits
Major subjects Mandoline
Continuing study options Concert exam
Ausschnitt zweier Personen die jeweils eine Mandoline halten

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, perform together on soprano lutes, tenor lute, baroque guitar, vihuela and viola da gamba. In addition, music-making in the high plucked string orchestra is offered. 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 cooperation 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 requirement

  • Proof of successful completion of a four-year bachelor's degree with mandolin 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 mandolin (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; 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.

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