Hamburg School of Music

State-approved school for popular music

Follow your dream and become a professional musician.


Entrance Exams:  6th – 8th July 2024 – Fully booked!  Additional date: 13th July 2024

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State-approved vocational school for popular music

Massively creative – since 1999 in the media bunker in Hamburg

Stylistic diversity in step with an individual practical training

One-on-one lessons in the major and minor instrument

Pianobasics– essential for understanding music theory

Renowned lecturers that shaped the Hamburg sound

An effective network spreading far beyond the city limits

Rehearsal opportunities included – students may use the HSM studios outside of lessons

Performance opportunities in Hamburger Clubs included – Pupils perform outside of class during their training

Training as a professional musician in the field of popular music, Student Loan -BAföG possible

              Your journey, your training

Your passion for music is stronger than any other career aspiration. You are talented and ready to leave your comfort zone?

Then you’ve come to the right place. At the Hamburg School of Music your passion becomes your profession. We will help you develop your artistic personality in a challenging and supportive environment. Renowned lecturers accompany you individually, become mentors and help you set the right course for your professional future.

In the heart of the music stronghold Hamburg, the professional musicians of tomorrow have been trained for over 25 years. And the graduates of “THE SCHOOL” , as everyone calls us, have not only shaped the musical identity of this city for many years, the HSM students and graduates are everywhere. They perform their songs in clubs and arenas regionally and internationally, write music for film, theater, series, video games and teach at music schools, general schools and universities.

The Hamburg School of Music is not only characterized by its many years of experience, but also by one thing in particular: it takes care of YOU. One-to-one tuition, individual encouragement, support and advice are an essential part of the school and show who is the focus here: YOU!

The lecturers and guest lecturers, classmates, graduates and employees have a global network and take YOU into their midst! Once you’re in the School family, you won’t leave anytime soon! Above all, the school’s network offers you the opportunity to make the right contacts during your training, to gain experience on stage, to build up your own network so that you can later get your desired engagements and assignments as a professional musician.

Here are just a few references of where our students and graduates perform:
Uebel & Gefährlich  Molotow  Hebebühne  Grüner Jäger  Grünspan  Mojo  Docks  Birdland Hamburg  Angie’s  Bar Italia  Knust  Freundlich & Kompetent  Rock am Ring  Hurricane Festival  Wacken Open Air  Kieler Woche  Thalia Theater  St.Pauli Theater  Stage Operettenhaus  Indra  Stage Neue Flora  König der Löwen  Logo…..and many more.


Summer Academy

The best summer of your life!

Two weeks of pure music: jamming, lessons in major subjects as well as music theory, songwriting, recording in one of the best Hamburg studios, meeting like-minded people, having fun and, as the crowning highlight, rocking it at the final concert.

The Summer Academy is the perfect opportunity to get to know the training to become a professional musician!

We look forward to jamming with you!


22th July – 2nd August 2024


Lessons take place Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Accomodation and Catering are not included in the price. 


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Theory crash course

You don’t feel well prepared for the entrance exam at the Hamburg School of Music? Then register now for the theory crash course. The theory crash course prepares you perfectly for the entrance exam. Our teacher knows exactly what is important and will teach you everything you need to know.

Dates: 2025 – Stay tuned!

Wednesdays –  10.01., 17.01., 24.01., 31.01., 07.02., 14.02., 21.02., 28.02., 06.03., 13.03., 03.04., 10.04., 17.04., 24.04. and Practice Entrance Exam on monday, 29.04.2024

from 18:00 – 20:00  


Practical excercises in :

  • Notation in violin and base clef
  • Keys and their accidentals
  • Intervals, triads, 4-note chords
  • Cadence analysis
  • Rhythmical ear training

The course is suitable for advanced beginners. Cost: 390 Euro.

Just click on “To application” and secure your place in the theory crash course today!

No theoretical knowledge? No problem…contact us at

OPEN DAY 2025 – Stay tuned!

From 12:00 to 16:00, you can look forward to comprehensive input on the subject of music and what it means to become a professional musician.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONALS: Lecturers and students will provide information about  the two-year BAföG-funded vocational training program and their experiences as musicians and students. An introductory lecture and individual consultations clarify all questions about the career goal and open up the various paths to studying: from the preparatory year or orientation year to the successful application for the entrance exam. Further insights are provided by hands-on lessons in singing, drums, guitar, bass and piano. Our instructors are available for individual classes.

“We don’t just inform music enthusiasts about the training that allows you to turn your passion into a career,” says Helge Zumdieck, CEO of HSM. “We also present tried and tested courses. For example, our Summer Academy, where you can put your career goal to the test for two weeks.”

HSM students perform live music at its finest in Studio 1. And anyone who would like to give it a go can perform at the Open Stage.



Visit the school during daily operations and discover what happens in class in the various subjects.

Mondays: Rock-Pop-Metal History and Repertoire

Tuesdays: Theory & Pedagogy

Wednesdays: Songwriting & Singing

Thursdays: Rhythm&Groove & Arrangement

Fridays: Music production

Of course there is much more going on….

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The hard music scene of tomorrow needs fresh blood and well-trained musicians who not only know their instruments, but also the business perfectly: That’s why Wacken Open Air launched the Wacken Metal Academy in cooperation with the Hamburg School Of Music and the West Coast University of Applied Sciences. The Wacken Metal Academy offers rock musicians a state-recognised training opportunity with a focus on rock & heavy metal.

Instrumentalists and singers from the world of rock & metal can train at the Hamburg School Of Music as part of the Wacken Metal Academy and be provided with the knowledge they need to work professionally. The instructors at the Wacken Metal Academy are renowned live and studio musicians, producers, composers and arrangers and work with bands such as Subway to Sally, Lord of the Lost, Beyond the Black, Ray, Xandria, Joachim Witt, Iron Savior, Alestorm, Schandmaul, Knorkator, Epica and many more.

The Latonius

Instructor, Recording Artist

“It’s a place where you can create another family type environment. They won’t leave you, they won’t make you feel that it’s a competition.”

Ina Müller

singer, music cabaret artist, presenter, book author

»Through the HSM I meet highly talented, motivated singers and musicians. I can completely rely on them since they play a large role in my success on stage. In return I offer them a chance to experience a musicians life on tour. This is a wonderful symbiosis.«

Jessy Martens

Instructor, Recording Artist

“Just grit your teeth for two years and strive for your goal in life, for your dream. And it will happen too! Then we’ll see each other again at some point on the big stages. “

Inga Rumpf

Singer, Songwriter
Patron of HSM for Rock Music

»For 20 years now the HSM is an indispensable part of Hamburg‘s music scene. It has nurtured an unusually creative environment to develop impressive young musicians.«

Leo Lazar

Alumni HSM, Multi-Instrumentalist (Hauptfach Drums), Songwriter, Arrangeur, Produzent

» HSM is the ideal basis for young musicians to test themselves, to get to know wonderful lecturers and to immerse completely and directly into the music scene!«

Gordon Domnick

Student, Graduate, Recording Artist

“Half of the lecturers I had, have now become my friends. They connected with me and brought out every hidden talent I had!”

Reinhold Beckmann

TV Anchor man, Sport moderator, singer songwriter (Reinhold Beckmann & Band)

»Creative freedom, know-how and professional support for up-and-coming musicians to build a successful, longterm future. The HSM is an excellent and needed alternative to any fast moving TV-Castingshows.«

Jens Salsa


„This network that you build up here, accompanies you throughout your entire music career.“

The Latonius

Instructor, Recording Artist

“How about you come here and learn how to fight and learn how to be ahead of the game. And I promise you once you leave here you will be ready for anything! So now is the time to do it! Don’t hesitate! Make it happen!”

Heinz Canibol

sony, 105music

» HSM is the platform for young unique talent.«

Marcus Deml

Instructor, Recording Artist

“Here at the HSM there are an incredible number of qualified lecturers who enable you to really find your way out there as a professional musician.”

Robin McMinn

Graduate, Drummer among others atMEUTE, SARAJANE, INGA RUMPF , REINHOLD BECKMANN

“When I started my training at the Hamburg School of Music in 2005, I felt like a“ late bloomer ”at the age of 25, but I found exactly what I was looking for: professional teaching and a network that paved the way for my future career.” “To this day I can attribute almost every professional and some private relationships that I have today to the decision to appear well prepared for the entrance exam at the HSM in 2005.”

Rupert Keplinger

Songwriter, Recording Artist, Gitarrist/Bassist – bands: EISBRECHER, PETER MAFFAY

“The best musician is nothing without the right contacts. The network at the school laid the foundation for my career. “

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Contact us

Tel: +49 (0)40 431 900 99


Office hours:

Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 to 1:00 pm



Feldstraße 66, in the “media bunker”, 5. OG, 20359 Hamburg