The instrumental study programme "Harpsichord" includes seven compulsory subjects (the central artistic subject harpsichord; instrumental or vocal ensemble; performance practice; ornamentation, general bass; choir; theory, selected chapters from history of music; European culture in history and in the present) as well as various elective subjects. Each student has to successfully pass a practical training consisting of three stage performances. A master’s thesis must also be written. Students can choose between an academic and an artistic master’s thesis. The artistic part of the master’s examination consists of an exam repertory consisting of music from the sixteenth and seventeenth century, a representative piece by Bach, four sonatas by Scarlatti or Ibero-Italian contemporaries, an important piece by Haydn or Mozart, an important piece from the French Baroque era, two pieces of music from the 20th century as well as a chamber music piece or a bigger concert. The student will be advised of the programme he/she has to perform a week before the exam takes place. The exams will take place in public like in a competition.
If a bachelor programme was studied at the Mozarteum University Salzburg an entrance examination is not necessary. Applicants who studied at another university have to undergo an examination of their qualifications. In this examination applicants also have to prove their artistic potential to master the master’s programme. A programme must be presented which must include works of a high degree of difficulty from various stylistic epochs.