Department for New Music - Composition

(Foto: Bernadett Peregi © 2018)

Class of 2020/21 (Claus Kühnl):

Marisa Algari (BA)

Marlene Jacobs (BA)

Ayumi Jung (ANE)

Leon Schneider (ANE)

Lars Schönebeck (BA)

Helene Streck (ANE)

The composition programme is offered in three departments of the Conservatory:

Composition teaching in the Department for Music Education for Youth and Adults - ANE:

Many talented and some highly gifted musicians from the ages of 9 to 25 have been making use of this option since 1984 - combining it with school or in parallel to study started elsewhere. Some of the first students of the Kühnl composition class have since achieved international success: Moritz Eggert, Bernhard König, Roland Böer, Franz Klee, Frank Gerhardt, Robin Hoffmann, Yiğit Aydın. They now work as professional composers or conductors. Other students have become established sound engineers or computer experts, such as Axel Gutzler and Frank Heckel.

Entry requirements:

  • Performance of original compositions or attempted compositions
  • Ear training test (simultaneous and successive intervals; chords; two-part free-tonal; listening dictation)

Registration and information


Composition (Bachelor of Music):

Entry requirements:

  • Presentation of at least three original scores
  • Four-part setting in the style of the 17th or the 16th Century (cantional setting) for specified melodies.
  • Questions on a piece from the 20th or 21st Century
  • Ear training: One-part and multi-part listening
  • Obligatory subject - piano
  • Performance of at least 2 pieces of medium difficulty from different periods.

Composition as part of Pre-College-Frankfurt:

In addition to composition lessons, the students can participate in several theoretical lessons. Within a period of max. 4 semesters the students prepare for the entrance examination for the major subject composition (bachelor's degree) at a music academy or music college.

Entry requirements:

  • Presentation of at least three original scores
  • Ear training: One-part and multi-part listening
  • Performance of at least 1 pieces of medium difficulty from 20./21. century.

Informations about studies:
Sabine Zuleger
T: 069-212 70171

Course information:

Also see:

Wilhelm Killmayer "Schumann in Endenich" / Concert as part of the programme commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Robert Schumann.