In the Master of Music in Harpsichord at the UBC School of Music, you’ll have enriching experiences in chamber music, large ensembles, contemporary and early music ensembles, piano pedagogy and literature.

The Master of Music in Harpsichord offers you a unique level of access to professional opportunities. As a harpsichord student, you’ll be involved in the UBC Baroque Mentorship Program, a collaboration between the School of Music and the professional Pacific Baroque Orchestra, led by Prof. Alexander Weimann.


  • Excellent performing ability
  • Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent
  • Undergraduate Music History (Music 120/121 and 220/221), Theory (Music 100/101/105, 200/201/205, and 300), and continuo realization (Music 333/433), or their equivalents


The thesis will be one solo recital and one full-length ensemble recital.


You must complete a total of 33 credits in

  • 520A Introduction to Music Research - 3 credits (Ref. 1)
  • 521D Seminar in Performance Practices - 3 credits
  • 525 Baroque Music - 3 credits
  • 593A Music Performance (Harpsichord) - 6 credits (Ref. 2)
  • 549 Thesis - 6 credits (Ref. 2)
  • Music Elective(s) - 12 credits (Ref. 3)

  1. Students must take music 520A in the first term of graduate study. Students who have had a similar course previously may be exempted from this requirement; please see the Student Advisor or chair of the Graduate Committee. If exempted, students must substitute three 500-level elective credits.
  2. Music 593A is to be taken in the first year of study only. Students shall register in Music 549, which includes second-year lessons, beginning in the summer session following the first year of study, and remain registered in it through the completion of the program.
  3. Music electives should include one further graduate seminar in Music History, plus four credits of Chamber Ensemble (557, 559). Up to 3 credits may be in a non-music course, level 300 or higher. Note that students may take a maximum of six credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level and that courses below the 300 level may not be counted toward graduate-level credit. Students may enroll in 500-level seminars in Music History, Music Theory, and/or Ethnomusicology with the permission of the instructor.

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