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Composition (bachelor’s)

Composition students can earn a degree in the Music program.

The bachelor’s program in Composing generally takes eight semesters. At its core are instruction in music aesthetics, music theory and musicology. In addition, the first six semesters also include instrumental or voice instruction and sightreading from the score. In addition, a wide range of electives offer students the opportunity to further develop their abilities and study outside their individual specialty. Successful graduates from the bachelor's program can continue with a four-semester master’s program in Composition.

The Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf offers opportunities for students to present their own compositions in class evenings or in the annual New Music Marathon Night.

Detailed information about the sequence and contents of the program can be found in the Composition (bachelor’s) module overview.


Prof. Oliver Schneller
Jose Maria Sánchez-Verdú

Proficiency test

Candidates for the Conducting program must complete a proficiency test: Requirements for the Composition bachelor’s program. The proficiency test for the bachelor’s program also includes tests in music theory and aural skills at level 3. Sample exams are available in the Music Theory section of this website.

Proficiency in German

International applicants must possess adequate German language skills. The B2 certificate (according to the Goethe Institute classification system) or a comparable qualification is required. This also applies to direct enrollment in a higher semester.

Commencement of studies and application deadlines

It is only possible to commence studies in the Composition bachelor’s program in the winter semester. The application deadline is March 1. The date-of-receipt stamp of the university applies.


Applications must be submitted online, along with access to the online application portal Muvac. Further information can be found here (German).

Further Information

Questions about the academic program will be answered by subject tutors and the Registrar’s Office.

Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf Fischerstraße 110, 40476 Düsseldorf

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