Master of Music in Early Keyboard Instruments

Department of Organ, Department of Piano

Designed for students seeking professional career preparation including the development of artistry, technique, scholarly research, and the ability to play music of all periods with integrity and knowledge of specific performance practices. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in music or its equivalent as well as a strong keyboard background.


The Master of Music in Early Keyboard Performance requires a minimum of 32 credits. Coursework to include:

  • Private harpsichord, organ and fortepiano lessons
  • Early Music Ensemble
  • Early Music 551
  • Musicology, Music Theory, and/or Composition
  • SMTD electives

Final Project

Two recitals featuring solo and ensemble works on at least two instruments selected from harpsichord, organ and fortepiano.

Audition & Interview Dates

For requirement details, please see the Degree Requirements and Term-by-Term Layout for Current Students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • apply to U-M via the SMTD Graduate Application by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to SMTD

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James Kibbie Chair, University Organist
Joseph Gascho harpsichord, early music, Dir. of Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments
Darlene Kuperus, organ, sacred music
Tiffany Ng carillon, University Carillonist
Jeremy David Tarrant, organ