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Harpsichord: courses, masterclasses and workshopsLearn how to play the harpsichord and how to interpret classical music, including playing the continuo. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Play a wide variety of repertoire of harpsichord music in an appropriate style and applying the correct technique
Listen to baroque music, particularly harpsichord, with more awareness and being able to make critical judgements
Understand some of the historic and stylistic context of the music of 17th and 18th centuries
Gain opportunities to perform in front of your peers, attend concerts, visit harpsichord workshops and courses, and other relevant places and events
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Since every tutor has their own preferences, styles, and specialties, some might not even entertain adult beginners because they require a certain level of musical proficiency before they'll consider teaching the harpsichord. Some tutors may have expertise in certain repertoire, figured bass accompaniment - a most important use of the harpsichord - or other early keyboard instruments like clavichord or fortepiano. Some tutors are associated with tertiary educational institutions, which may or may not restrict their freedom to give Harpsichord masterclasses.
You will need access to a suitable instrument to be able to practice what you learn. Some tutors might insist this is a harpsichord of your own - and this is probably essential for advanced study - but for other teachers, the style you pick up may be able to be grasped on other keyboards.
What you need to know before you enroll? There are no special precautions. As with all music learning, good level of focus and self-discipline are necessary. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above.. Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes will be reviewed throughout the course. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to another course. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students.