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Bachelor programme Harpsichord and Basso Continuo

Content and focus of the degree programme:

This study programme is only available in German.

The instrumental studies programme in Harpsichord and Basso Continuo imparts knowledge of the specialised repertoire for this instrument in the fields of solo performance, chamber music and orchestral literature and qualifies graduates to meet the unique demands of their profession. Thus, versatile involvement in the most diverse situations becomes possible. Graduates will have practice-oriented and comprehensive understanding of specific styles and of performance practice of early music. Students will attain stage presence at a high level.

Higher education institution:
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz
Group of fields of study:
Art Studies
Degree programme:
Harpsichord and Basso Continuo
Bachelor programme
Academic degree:
Bachelor of Arts, BA
8 Semester / 240 ECTS*

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 21,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2018/19, Stk. 29

Definition of the field of studies

The instrumental studies programme in Harpsichord and Basso Continuo provides comprehensive training and perfection in musical and interpretative capabilities as well as the technical skills to perform on the instrument harpsichord, all of which are required for a professional musical career.


The bachelor programme in Harpsichord and Basso Continuo consists of the central artistic discipline harpsichord, several compulsory subjects (e.g. aural training, composition, musical forms, musical history, chamber music, choir, basso continuo practice, historically informed performance, harpsichord practice, ornamentation, sources studies on basso continuo, basics of academic working techniques as well as sources-oriented academic working technique) and several elective subjects. Students have to choose a priority subject. The bachelor's examination consists of a programme that has to cover certain areas. It will be determined by the teacher of the central artistic subject that was studied last; the students, however, can also make suggestions; the teachers will decide whether or not they are suitable. The students have to play thirty to forty-five minutes during the exam.

Entrance examinations

Prospective students have to pass an admission test. This test consists of a theoretical part (admission test in aural skills and music theory) and an instrumental exam.

Supplementary examinations