Instrumental Studies and Conducting (Focus: Performance)

You would like to turn your passion for music and your instrument into a profession? There are many ways to achieve this goal. For us at the HfMDK, therefore, the following applies: We comprehensively support students in their talents and motivate them to develop their own professional profile.

Whether your profile then points in an artistic-concerting, a musicological-reflective or artistic-pedagogical direction - or in all directions at the same time - that is for you to decide.

Study programs & application information

Ready for multiple careers

In addition to individual lessons on the instrument, the wide range of subjects at the HfMDK enables students to orient themselves freely and to work towards multiple careers even while still studying - as soloists, soloists and as artistic teachers, in orchestras and ensembles. The career profiles are becoming increasingly diverse, individual and international.

In the Bachelor, Master and concert exam you will learn with us from artists who are renowned and networked, and who therefore know exactly what current developments and discourses are currently occupying the music world. All teachers are methodically excellent experts, always open to new ideas and take on responsibility: they support and advise, for example in preparing for competitions and auditions.

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In the instrumental training, more than 400 students meet at our university, and the atmosphere is international and interdisciplinary. This often results in invaluable opportunities for lively exchange and a stimulating ensemble culture, just as it does in the close collaboration with the Master's programmes Chamber Music and Historical Interpretation Practice (HIP) or the Institute for Contemporary Music IzM.

We offer a variety of performance opportunities, you have access to masterclasses, and you can also participate in projects that we initiate together with the Dance Department and the Acting Department. Outside the university, we cooperate with the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and the Alte Oper Frankfurt, among others

Ensemble mit 7 Musiker*innen auf der Bühne, im Vordergrund sieht man den Dirigenten von hinten.
(Foto: Laura Brichta)


Since the summer semester of 2022, there is a new conducting studio at the HfMDK: Students of conducting classes and church music lead a student instrumental ensemble and thus gain valuable practical experience. We are looking for interested instrumentalists who would like to participate in the conducting studio. Participation can be credited.

Seitliche Ansicht eines Orchesters auf der Bühne, rechts im Bild der Dirigent.
(Foto: Laura Brichta)


The university orchestra consists mainly of students of the Instrumental Studies with a focus on performance. There are usually two larger orchestra projects per semester, which culminate in concerts or a video or audio production. The Great Hall of the HfMDK is not the only place where the orchestra regularly performs: guest performances take us to various stages in the Rhine-Main area.

Probe des Kammerchors, der Fokus des Bildes liegt auf einem Sänger
(Foto: Laura Brichta)


From the 100-voice university choir to the small chamber choir - from the Renaissance to the modern age: the choirs of the HfMDK offer variety at all levels.