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Street Address:

Käthe-Kollwitz-Ufer 97, D-01309 Dresden, Germany


+49 351 318 6422


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts. Four years. Music studies include performance, choral and orchestral conducting, church music, Gregorian chant, composition, aural skills, hymnology, liturgy, theology, music education (Preparation for teaching music in schools but needs to be followed by a two-year Master program in education to gain the qualification). All students sing in the choir. Students are also trained to work with children’s activities (play groups, singing games, use of Orff instruments), and to work in community groups with little or no experience with music. On completion students earn the qualification for Church Music B.


Graduate programs


Master of Church Music. In choral and orchestral conducting, organ improvisation, piano, harpsichord, popular music, theory, aural skills, Gregorian chant. Leads to Church Music A qualification. If the music education program is taken it gives the qualification for teaching music in schools.


Other programs


Post-graduate courses in organ playing, improvisation, harpsichord playing, choral conducting.

Institution Notes:

The Hochschule was established in 1949. The training covers both Catholic and Protestant rites. It has a library with a good collection of choral and instrumental music. There are seven practice organs as well as one large church organ.

Country Notes:

MUSIC FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN. Initial music training in Germany may be given either by private teachers or at one of the growing numbers of music schools. Music is a curriculum subject at the elementary school level and may be taken as a specialist subject through till the end of secondary schooling. PROFESSIONAL MUSIC SCHOOLS. Entry to most professional music schools is at minimum age 17. Higher music training is available at a number of different types of institutions: • College of Music (Musikhochschule), providing the most advanced training and catering for the potential professional musician. They are regarded as equivalent to university level. Each has an attached special school of music which prepares specially gifted children for future study at a college of music. There is an association of Colleges of Music throughout Germany, called the Rektorenkonferenz der Musikhochschulen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. • Conservatorium (Konservatorium) and Music Academy (Akademie), providing training to both professionals and amateurs. The program is similar to that of the musikhochschulen, but does not normally include training for school music teachers or full-time church musicians. • Teacher Training College (Pädagogische Hochschule). Training for teachers of music at elementary and/or secondary modern school (Realschule) levels. Many former teacher training colleges have been incorporated into Comprehensive Colleges or Universities. • Comprehensive College (Gesamthochschule). Only two of these exist (at Hessen and Nordrhein-Westfalen). They grew out of teacher training colleges, and link together different institutions of higher learning, such as teacher training colleges, music colleges and universities. • University (Universität), providing training in musicology, usually leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. A few universities provide programs for the training of music teachers for elementary and secondary schools. Many universities have attached Musicological Institutes (Musikwissenschaftliche Institute) or Seminars (Seminare). These are research establishments, usually publishing journals on musicological or related topics. Since 2003 universities in Germany have changed to the Bologna System, offering a three-year Bachelor, a two-year Master and a three-year Doctorate. CHURCH MUSIC SCHOOLS. A number of church music schools (Kirchenmusikschulen) provide specialised training for Catholic (katholische) and/or Lutheran (evangelische) musicians. Most of the larger church music schools offer studies in both Catholic and Lutheran music; some specific church music schools offer only one or the other. Their courses are of three types: i. Diploma A (Major): For those wishing to make church music their main occupation - twelve semesters. The award is made after a Staatsexamen. ii. Diploma B (Intermediate): For those wishing to work in smaller parishes - eight semesters. iii. Diploma C (Minor): For those expecting to work part- time in rural or small urban parishes - four to five semesters. The examination is conducted by the church. SCHOOLS FOR LUTHIERS. Two craft schools train craftsmen as musical instrument makers - one in Mittenwald, the other in Ludwigsburg. Many German music schools are members of the GERMAN VERBAND DEUTSCHER MUSIKSCHULEN (VDM), which itself is a member of the European Music Schools Union (EMU) with headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands. Email: . GERMAN MUSIC INFORMATION CENTRE (Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum/Musikrat MIZ). The Centre, founded in 1997 and operating under the aegis of the German Music Council, provides information on all aspects of musical life in Germany, including music education, educational and training centres, amateur music-making, music promotion and funding, orchestras, music theatres and festivals, research and documentation centres and archives, professional associations music in the media and music economy. There is information on contemporary composers, ensembles, institutions, festivals, funding and promotion, publishers, specialised archives and libraries. The Centre publishes the Music Almanac supplying information on developments in the world of music. It has a database providing basic information on more than 10,000 music organisations and institutions in Germany. Weberstraße 59, Bonn 53113, DE-53113, Germany. Website: The German Music Information Centre is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Last Updated:

June 2019