The Princeton Early Keyboard Center is a small independent school devoted to the teaching of harpsichord and clavichord playing, continuo realization and accompaniment, and related arts. The Center is located in Princeton, NJ, roughly equidistant from New York and Philadelphia. The Center's principal studios are at 323 Witherspoon Street (second floor) in Princeton, within walking distance of Princeton University, Westminster Choir College, and other cultural and educational resources.
Students of all levels, backgrounds, and interests are welcome to study at PEKC. The course of study is flexible, and always tailored to the needs, interests, and schedules of each student. Students taking lessons of any sort from the center have access to the studio for practicing as well as for lessons.The Director of the Center, and its principal teacher, is harpsichordist and organist Gavin Black.
PEKC welcomes enquiries from composers, musicologists, historians, instrument builders and anyone else interested in pursuing studies relating to Baroque keyboard music, as well as, of course, from keyboard players. We also encourage classes - college, graduate level or any level of primary or secondary school, as well as classes from community music schools - to enquire about group visits to the Center's studios.
PEKC is one of the few facilities in the world to offer students the opportunity to take lessons on - and also practice on - antique keyboard instruments: an anonymous late 17th century Italian harpsichord, and a 1731 bentside spinet made in London by Friderick Krickhof.
The Baroque ensemble Col Legno is the Ensemble in Residence at the Center. The members of Col Legno are Jill Crawford, Baroque flute, Stephen Berkelhammer, recorder and Baroque oboe, David Black, cello, and Gavin Black, harpsichord and organ. The group and its individual members will be available for coaching and workshops as well as for concerts. The Col Legno website is <www.collegno.org>.
Although PEKC does not sell or rent out instruments, the Center does provide help with finding instruments, and also with any maintenance, tuning, or other practical harpsichord or clavichord issues. Inquiries about matters of this sort, or about any aspects of the Center's teaching program, are always welcome, by phone, letter, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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