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Bachelor of Music Timpani and Percussion

Bachelor of Music - Timpani and Percussion

Timpani and percussion are taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. The University has successfully attracted internationally renowned soloists and educators, who have formed a balanced team that bestows all of its knowledge onto the students. The large number of successful graduates who have established themselves professionally after graduation or have won prizes at international competitions vouches for the high-caliber educational program that develops student skills. The drawing power that results is the reason why many gifted students apply for a spot in one of our programs.

During their four years of study, students studying timpani and percussion specialize in the following: solo performance, or teaching instrument use. Career goals and natural talent form the basis of students’ decisions which may be adjusted during their time at the University.

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: timpani
  • Graduate program: Master of Music Orchestra, Master of Music Solo Instrument, 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 three parts:

  1. Practical performance test in the candidate’s main subject (duration approx. 15 minutes);
  2. Practical performance test in the candidate’s second instrument of study (duration approx. 10 minutes);
  3. Music theory: aural skills, elementary harmonic theory (two written tests, total duration approx. 90 minutes)

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

For practical performance courses, we recommend that candidates contact their chosen subject tutor in good time. They will be happy to advise candidates individually. Applications for the entrance examination must be submitted by 1 March.


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 7 main modules:

  1. Core module
  2. Artistic practical context
  3. Education
  4. Music appreciation
  5. Career development
  6. Bachelor/interdisciplinary capstone Project
  7. Specialization module, profile solo Instrument or Profile instrumental pedagogy


  • Prof. Carlos Tarcha
  • Falko Oesterle, Solo Pauker - Essen Philharmoniker
  • Peter Hänsch, Schlagzeuger - Beethoven Orchester Bonn