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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK, in Music, plus keyboard ability at diploma standard.
  • Academic Title
    MMus Early Keyboard Performance Studies
  • Course description
    This programme will develop the student's performance on organ, harpsichord or clavichord to an advanced level, with teaching undertaken by an experienced keyboard performer.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this course will develop the highest standards in early keyboard performance and musicianship, and they will be in a strong position to teach others within their particular area of expertise.

    How You Will Be Taught

    Students will work with an experienced teacher on repertoire appropriate to their instrument and interests. Lessons are fortnightly at mutually convenient times. Seminars in Keyboard Organology will complement the practical element of the programme.
    MMus in Early Keyboard Performance Studies

    This programme will be attractive to advanced performers on early keyboard instruments: organ, clavichord or harpsichord. Teaching is undertaken by an experienced keyboard performer within Music and in the city of Edinburgh. A particular strength is the teaching and research potential of world-famous Raymond Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments housed at St Cecilia’s Hall. There are also excellent and varied organs available (in particular the Ahrend in the Reid Concert Hall, which is built in an early 18th-century German style).

    Programme Director:

    Dr John Kitchen


    Dr John Kitchen

    Structure of the Programme

    Three taught or supervised courses are taken over two semesters, making a total of 120 credits. A final keyboard recital is prepared for over the remaining four months and gives a further 60 credits. The structure of the programme is as follows (credit weightings are in brackets):

    Semester 1

        * Keyboard Organology (harpsichord or organ) (20)
        * Early Keyboard Performance A (harpsichord or organ) (40)

    Semester 2

        * Early Keyboard Performance B (harpsichord or organ) (40)
        * Individual Research Project (20)


            Final Recital

    It may be possible or necessary for the 20-credit courses taken in the two semesters to be switched around, depending on availability of tutors in any particular semester.

    On successful completion of coursework students proceed to prepare for a Final Recital (60 credits).

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