The composition program is a broad academic program that teaches artistic, practical, academic, and teaching skills in the fields of composition and music theory. In addition to classical syntax, the program also encompasses the acquisition of music analysis, compositional style analysis and music history, the methodology and didactics of composition, artistic, practical use of modern notation and production software, and the planning and organization of one’s own productions and performance projects. The goal of this program is to provide students with a thorough, creative and re-creative analysis of music’s aesthetic diversity in the past and present.
The entrance examination consists of the following parts:
Detailed information can be found in the Entrance Examination Regulations, particularly in section 5: Content Requirements and Examination Format.
The degree program is divided into a basic program (first and second year) comprising a large number of obligatory modules and an advanced program (third and fourth year).
The degree map comprises 7 main modules:
The interdisciplinary nature of the composition program opens up a wide range of career fields to students. The program qualifies students to instruct music theory subjects at institutions of higher education for music, universities, conservatories, and music schools as well as to work in the creative arts as composers, arrangers, and revisers, in addition to various concert activities, broadcasting, feuilleton, publishing houses, cultural establishments, etc.
The composition program prepares students exceptionally well for music and audio work in film and the media, and specialization in these fields is gaining recognition. The fact that Cologne is known as a “media city” benefits the University – an advantage that the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln tapping into by expanding its network of resident institutions (e.g., academies, festivals, broadcasting stations).