Harpsichord is offered at all levels of study, both graduate and undergraduate. Lessons
are available to students with prior keyboard experience by audition. It is possible
to major or minor in harpsichord performance and to elect harpsichord for the B.M.
in Piano Performance to fulfill the secondary keyboard requirement.
The Scheidt School of Music has three harpsichords: a Richard Kingston single and
a double; a Tom Bailey spinet. There are also two clavichords: a Zuckerman kit and
Harpsichord students study touch, technique, ornamentation, and articulation as well
as the different national schools (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, etc.)
of style. Continuing students usually study contemporary harpsichord music in addition
to the usual Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical eras. Students may also elect
to study figured bass and continuo playing.