Nuremberg University of Music

Studying music in the city of the Meistersinger

Tradition and innovation

The Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (Nuremberg University of Music) is the most recently established institution in Germany to offer an academic musical training, but it can look back on a long and firmly-rooted tradition.

The third State University of Music in Bavaria was inaugurated in Nuremberg in 2008. It was created from the Meistersinger-Konservatorium and the communal University of Music Nuremberg-Augsburg. Around 400 students are now trained here in the basic areas of study – musical performance and music education – in the heart of the metropolitan region of Nuremberg.

Courses are offered in all the orchestra instruments, but also in singing, piano, organ, guitar, accordion and classical saxophone. There is also a lively jazz department, which is thoroughly integrated in the clubs of the city, and a department of early music, which regularly attracts unusual events to Nuremberg, thanks to its links throughout Europe.

Cooperation and autonomy

The department of Elementary Music Education (EMP) coordinates and creates projects in musical education for young people as well as adults. The symphony orchestra, the madrigal choir, the University of Music choir, the Big Band and many other chamber music ensembles and jazz groups enrich the cultural variety of the city. Together with the State Theatre the University of Music runs the International Opera Studio; Early Music Days and symposia take place regularly in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in co-operation with the University of Music. A study centre of the University of Music is being set up in Neumarkt/Oberpfalz.

Multiple qualifications and vocational orientation

As well as the high quality of its artistic training, the University of Music sees vocational orientation as an important aspect of its courses. In particular, multiple qualifications increase the employment opportunities of our graduates. In addition to classical orchestra and singing courses extra qualifications can be gained in the music education area in other instruments, in historical performance practice, in Elementary music education and also in directing choirs and ensembles.


Here you can find information on the application procedure for a place at the university.


registrar’s office  (Studienservice)

Tel. +49 (0)911 231-3971, -14922

E-mail: studienservice(x)

Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
Veilhofstr. 34
D-90489 Nürnberg