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Master of Music Music Theory

Master of Music – Composition

The Master’s Degree Programme in Composition/Music Theory is targeted at graduates of Bachelor’s programmes in composition and music theory (or other comparable qualifications). The programme’s focus is on enhancing and expanding material covered on the undergraduate course, as well as supporting the students’ personal development and emphasising analytical, theoretical and artistic subjects.  

 Through its interdisciplinary approach, the composition programme prepares students for a wide range of career options. The degree qualifies students to teach music theory at universities, conservatoires and music schools, prepares them for creative work as composers, arrangers and editors, as well as giving them the skills needed for careers in concert production, radio, journalism, publishing, arts management, etc.

 The possibility of specialising in film and media music/audio design, for which composition studies provide excellent qualifications, is attracting increasing attention. The "media city" Cologne is proving to be a locational advantage here, which the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln is seeking to capitalise on through growing networking with local institutions (academies, festivals, radio stations, etc.).

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: Music Theory

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

Admission Requirements

Proof of having successfully completed a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in composition or music theory, or other comparable qualification in these areas. 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 with a colloquium (interview).

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.



The Master’s programme takes 4 semesters (2 years) and, alongside the core study module, offers a broad spectrum of elective modules so that students can tailor their course load to suit their interests.


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  • Prof. Astrid Bolay, Tonsatz
  • Prof. Wolfram Breuer, Tonsatz, Gehörbildung
  • Prof. Tilmann Claus, Tonsatz
  • Prof. Joachim Herbold, Tonsatz
  • Prof. Lutz-Werner Hesse, Tonsatz
  • Prof. Friedrich Jaecker, Tonsatz
  • Prof. Reinhard Kretschmer, Tonsatz
  • Prof. Johannes Quint, Tonsatz
  • Prof. Johannes Schild, Tonsatz
  • Burkhard Wepner, Tonsatz


Künstlerische Mitarbeiter (Lehrbeauftragte)

  • Yaeko Albrecht, Tonsatz
  • Thomas Enselein, Tonsatz
  • Cynthie van Eijden, Tonsatz
  • Klaus Heiwolt, Tonsatz
  • Ryoko Ishii, Tonsatz, Hörerziehung
  • Renate Klinkhammer, Tonsatz
  • Dennis Mayer, Tonsatz
  • Dennis Stadtmann, Tonsatz
  • Andreas Winkler, Tonsatz