The instrumental studies programme “Harpsichord” consists of twenty compulsory subjects. These are: central artistic subject with didactic transparency, organ, pianoforte, new harpsichord music, score playing and transposition, basso continuo, performance practice in ornamentation, choir, aural training, advanced aural training, theory, study of musical form, music analysis, acoustics, study of instruments, basics of harpsichord making and harpsichord maintenance, history of music, history of piano music, history of harpsichord music after 1945 as well as academic working techniques. As of the second semester at least one stage performance per semester must be done. At the end of the second semester an examination of the artistic development of the student will take place before a committee, this will be followed by a guidance talk. Two bachelor theses must be written in the course of the study programme. The topic of these must be chosen during two courses. The bachelor examination consists of a 45-minute recital of works of solo and chamber music literature of different epochs. Most of them must be played by heart. The examining committee will choose the programme and advise the student of the chosen programme a week before the exam takes place. The exams will take place in public like in a competition.
An entrance examination is compulsory. It consists of an instrumental audition, an examination of basic knowledge of general music theory and an exam in elementary piano playing. The performance is assessed by a score system; the instrumental audition has the most importance.