The Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne is one of the world’s foremost performing arts schools and one of the largest music institutions for higher education in Europe with its three campuses in Cologne, Wuppertal, and Aachen.
In 1927, as one of the first academic institutions for music in Germany, the University was honoured with the title of “Hochschule” (institution of higher education). This distinction followed the decision to abandon traditional academic programmes, which focused solely on soloist performance offered at conservatories, to instead embrace a more global goal by introducing the “music education” programme: artistically and pedagogically educating musicians to be as multifaceted as possible.
Even today, this aim of versatility remains the foundation for the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne's forward-looking image. The University is committed to providing students from around the world with a comprehensive education and a high level of professional skills.
The University’s three campuses help distinguish the University in a special way. The Aachen campus substantially contributes to the Opera/Musical Theatre master’s programme by collaborating with the Theater Aachen and the recently established musical theatre chair through the Rheinische Opernakademie. The Wuppertal campus is planning a broad expansion of its specializations in the music education programmes, noteworthy for their extensive networks of partners in the field of music education and for its many fields of specializations, e.g., the only mandolin chair in Europe. Of the three campuses, the Cologne campus boasts the most comprehensive and extensive course offerings in the arts, education, and academics.