Fryderyk Chopin University of Music / Instrumental Studies Department

INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES - Harpsichord Playing, first-cycle

Level of study: first-cycle Form of study: full-time Education profile: ogólnoakademicki Duration: 3 years

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Fields of studies and specializations

Conducting units


from 2020-05-01 to 2020-05-31 23:59:00




Harpsichord – The specialty prepares harpsichordists for solo playing, with emphasis on chamber music and rendering of basso continuo. It prepares students for second cycle studies.  It includes Propaedeutics of Piano and Organ Playing. Major subjects include, among others,  Piano, Chamber Music, Rendering of Basso Continuo and Harmony with Exercises.  Students acquire teaching qualifications by completing subjects as part of Pedagogic College.

In the academic year 2020/2021 the major subject: Harpsichord will be taught by:

  • dr hab. Alina Ratkowska, Prof. at the FCUM
  • Senior Lect. Władysław Kłosiewicz


  • Asst Prof. dr Krzysztof Garstka

Admission rules

The enrolment procedure is competitive and its results are public.


  • instrument – sending an audio-video recording (20 minutes)
  • ear training – online test (using the ZOOM app)
  • a prima vista reading – online test (using the ZOOM app)

Scope of material

  • performing the prepared programme on the piano, harpsichord or organ (playing in front of a score allowed), aimed at a versatile presentation of technical and expression skills of a candidate (in case of no access to a pipe instrument it is possible to use a digital instrument) – sending an audio-video recording (up to 20 minutes)
  • ear training – oral test:
    • perception of intervals, triads and four note chords,
    • music memory and imagination test,
    • analysis of polyphonic melodic and harmonic passages,
    • singing at sight,
    • rendering of rhythmic passages.

Exceptions from admission procedure

Prize winners and finalists of artistic “Olympics” competitions at the central level will be exempt from the enrolment procedure from the subjects the competition pertained to. In such a case they obtain the highest number of points for these given subjects.

Date of exams

06.07.2020 - 10.07.2020 (on-line)