When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Katarzyna Kowalik
  • Course Code W23CCLC01C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Learn the techniques of harpsichord playing and interpretation of early music, including continuo playing. A mixed-level class for players with at least two years' experience on a keyboard instrument.

Learning Outcomes

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 collections, and other relevant places and events


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Playing the prepared repertoire under the guidance of your tutor Observing your fellow students and listening to the tutor’s comments - an opportunity to make notes, listen and compare, develop critical judgement Sharing and discussing problems, solutions, ideas Reading handouts of notes, e.g. tables of ornaments, figured bass examples Listening to tutor’s lectures and presentations Attending external events (optional - possible further cost of ticket and travel) Performing in front of your fellow students at the end of term informal concerts You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English. Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom. Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.

    Entry requirements

    Keyboard skills (medium standard recommended), no previous experience of playing the harpsichord necessary Ability to read music Willingness to practice outside the class Interview with tutor prior to enrolment if necessary

    What you need to know before you enrol

    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. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

    What you need

    Music (repertoire will be decided by the tutor each term), notebook, pencil; optionally manuscript paper.

    What you can do next

    You may be interested in other Early Music courses that Morley College offers, such as 'Morley Baroque Instruments', 'Morley Baroque Ensemble'. You may also be interested in any of the 'Listener's Guide to Music' courses, such as the 'Brief History of Western Music'.