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Master of Music Mandolin

Master of Music - Mandolin

For three decades, the mandolin department at the Wuppertal campus of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln has been the place for artistic and pedagogic mandolin education.

The Wuppertal campus of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln currently chairs the only degree program for mandolin in Europe. For decades, the mandolin program has set benchmarks in student career development, and it is internationally regarded in the mandolin world as the center for acquiring skills. Highly skilled instructors bestow students from all programs with artistic skills and specialized knowledge of didactic and musicology, which ensures that students receive a thorough education.

The mandolin program may be expanded by adding the soprano lute/baroque mandolin programs. The combination of these instruments affords students a wealth of opportunities for achieving their artistic goals. Course work is supplemented by weekly recitals and chamber music events.

Numerous concert performances at the University and elsewhere as well as the possibility of participating in competitions round out the music program and offer students an opportunity to gain varied artistic experience. The possibility of participating in coaching sessions for the guitar/lute contributes to the analysis and performance of new music pieces.

General Information

  • Academic degree: Master of Music
  • Duration of degree program: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Start of program: Winter semester
  • Degree requirements: 120 ECTS credits
  • Major: mandolin
  • Graduate program: Concert Exam

Admission Requirements

  • Proof of having successfully completed a four-year Bachelor’s Degree with Mandolin Performance as the main subject or other comparable degree from a conservatoire, university or equivalent institution.
  • For non-German-speaking applicants, proof of a language certificate at level A2 (based on the European Reference Framework for Languages) is also required. Successful completion of the entrance examination.

Entrance examination

The entrance examination consists of a practical performance test on the mandolin as the candidate’s main subject (duration: approx. 20 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 programme consists of four modules. The core material (Module 1) is supplemented by a Practical Performance in Context module, as well as a broad range of elective material. Module 4 consists of the Master’s thesis or final Master’s project and concludes the course of study.

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Prof. Caterina Lichtenberg

One highlight of the program is the collaboration with the “Cappella dei Leutini” ensemble. This unique ensemble, which plays on historical instruments from the lute family, skillfully brings to life the diverse music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Students, graduates, and instructors from the Wuppertal campus of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln create music with soprano lutes, tenor lutes, baroque guitars, vihuelas, and viola da gambas.

Didactic skills are taught in a practical setting. Collaboration with music institutions, i.e., internships, work with amateurs at seminars and workshops, and collaboration with string orchestras, creates work opportunities that reinforce the educational program and create future career contacts.

Musicology expertise increases access to this instrument which, in many respects, has been the subject of relatively little research. Teaching approaches that facilitate access to unknown literature and sources and the use of new media is also an important component of the program.

The University’s high educational standards ensure that both traditional and modern-day skills required for various artistic and pedagogical careers are attained in a practice-based manner within the bachelor/master system.

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