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Early Music

University of Rochester

12 months
1790 USD/credit
1790 USD/credit
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The Early Music program of University of Rochester provides instruction and performance opportunities on a wide range of instruments and musical styles for both graduate and undergraduate students.


Instruction is available on the following instruments:

  • Strings: lute, baroque guitar, viola da gamba
  • Keyboards: harpsichord, organ, fortepiano
  • Wind & brass: recorder, baroque oboe, natural horn

Historical Plucked Instruments and Harpsichord

Masters and Doctoral degrees are available for historical plucked instruments (lute, theorbo, baroque guitar) and harpsichord. A strong program in early music, which includes Collegium Musicum and Baroque Chamber Music ensembles—as well as support courses such as baroque performance practice, continuo realization, lute literature and pedagogy, harpsichord performance and literature, and numerous theory and musicology courses—gives lute and harpsichord performance majors strong preparation for careers in early music performance.

Secondary Instruction

In addition to major study the study of harpsichord and lute may be undertaken as a secondary discipline. Organists and pianists, as well as classical guitarists, have greatly benefited from such secondary study, significantly broadening both their musical horizons and career opportunities. The School’s fine variety of harpsichords permits an authentic approach to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century keyboard music and enhances the training of our students. Secondary instruction is also available on the School’s outstanding Viennese fortepiano; study on the pedal clavichord is incorporated in the curriculum for organ majors and is available to other keyboardists as well.

Early Music Ensembles

Students are encouraged to explore not only solo literature but also chamber music and continuo playing in Eastman’s early music ensembles.


Graduates of the Early Music program of University of Rochester perform professionally with leading early music ensembles and musicians all over the world, including Tafelmusik, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, Reinhard Goebel, Christopher Hogwood, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, and others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Bibliography
  • Music in the Renaissance
  • Music in the Baroque
  • Modal Counterpoint or 18th-Century Counterpoint
  • Lute Literature and Pedagogy (lute majors only)
  • Harpsichord Literature and Pedagogy through the 18th Century (harpsichord majors only)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application and Application Fee
  • Audition
  • Personal statement and résumé (uploaded online within the application)
  • Recommendations (3)
  • Transcripts (must represent all collegiate study)
  • Music Education Essay: required of Music Education applicants(different from personal statement)
  • Interview: required of Conducting, Composition, Contemporary Media/Film Composition, Music Education and Opera Stage Directing applicants
  • Pre-screening recording: required of Conducting and Jazz applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1790 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1790 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1790 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1790 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Rochester

925 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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