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Bachelor of Music Guitar

Bachelor of Music - Guitar

The guitar department at the Köln, Wuppertal, and Aachen campuses of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln has been renowned for its artistic and pedagogic guitar program for decades.

As leading artists, the University’s professors and instructors have dramatically shaped and continue to shape guitar development as well as guitar research and instruction for decades. Many national and international winners of the most renowned guitar competitions are graduates of their classes.

Moreover, numerous networks of extracurricular activities at the three campuses and the surrounding regions afford students a broad range of work opportunities. Numerous guitar festivals and competitions are hosted in the region, often initiated and organized by professors and instructors. Students at state-funded and private music institutions have the opportunity to participate in internships, some of which even lead to employment. Many concert series, churches, and independent organizers provide students with venues to perform.

All of this ensures a high-quality education that combines the traditional and current demands of different careers in the arts and instrument instruction with the University’s high educational standards, thus creating a practical focus for the new degree programs under the bachelor/master system.

General Information

  • Academic degree: Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)
  • Duration of degree program: 8 semesters (4 years)
  • Start of program: Winter semester
  • Degree requirements: 240 ECTS credits
  • Major: Guitar
  • Graduate program: Master of Music Guitar, Concert Exam

The application takes place online via the muvac platform. You can find all the information about the procedure on our Application page.

Admission Requirements

  • A general certificate of secondary education or other comparable higher education entrance qualification.
  • For non-German-speaking applications, proof of a language certificate at DaF level 3 is also required.
  • Successful completion of the entrance examination.

Entrance examination

The entrance examination consists of the following two parts:

  1. Practical performance test on the candidate’s first instrument of study (approx. 20 minutes)
  2. Music theory (approx. 90 minutes)

Detailed information can be found in the Entrance Examination Regulations, particularly in section 5: Content Requirements and Examination Format.

 For practical courses, we recommend that candidates contact their chosen subject tutor in good time. They will be happy to advise candidates individually.

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The degree program is divided into a basic program (first and second year) comprising a large number of obligatory modules and the advanced program (third and fourth year) which consists of different courses for different specializations.

The degree map comprises 6 main modules and the module 8, which give the choice between a Spezifikation in solo instument or instrumental pedagogy:

  1. Core module
  2. Artistic practical context
  3. Education
  4. Music appreciation
  5. Career development
  6. Bachelor/interdisciplinary capstone project
  7. Supplementary studies
  8. Specialization module

After the two-year basic program, the following specializations are available in the subsequent two-year advanced program majoring in guitar:

  • Solo instrument
  • Chamber music (with the following possible combinations: guitar duet, voice and guitar, flute and guitar, violin and guitar, mandolin and guitar, guitar trio, and guitar quartet)
  • Instrumental pedagogy

Downloads

  • Prof. Roberto Aussel, Gitarre
  • Prof. Gerd-Michael Dausend, Gitarre, Didaktik
  • Prof. Alfred Eickholt, Gitarre, Didaktik
  • Jörg Falk, Gitarre, Didaktik
  • Prof. Hans-Werner Huppertz, Gitarre
  • Prof. Hubert Käppel, Gitarre
  • Prof. Ansgar Krause, Gitarre
  • Prof. Gerhard Reichenbach, Gitarre, Didaktik

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