The School’s life story began in 1850, when the “Conservatorium der Musik in Coeln” had been opened. In the very beginning its main orientation was training for amateur performance at home. The teaching of future professionals began a half of century later. In 1925, after new curricula and examination order were adopted, the School became the third after those in Leipzig and Berlin to be confirmed as the State Educational Institution. The present-day name it bears since 1987, after the conservatories of Aix-la-Chapelle and Wuppertal were incorporated. Some departments are located in the other cities of Northern Rhine-Westphalia.

The courses of study, which include 24 specialities, are divided among 9 departments. Also supplementary courses are being thought, concerning e. g. chamber music performance, song accompaniment, dance training.

Owing to it each student feeling himself talented enough would have got possibility to enrich and expand its professional training results.

The highest level of training stipulates many students to become participants of prestigious competitions to be further world-class performers.