Music Performance Studies

Clarinetist playing
Photo: Juliane Schütz/NTNU

Music Performance Studies

Music Performance Studies - Bachelor's Programme (4 years)

The language of instruction in this programme is Norwegian. Read more about the programme on the Norwegian website. 

The bachelor's programme in Music Performance Studies aims for students to develop instrumental and musical proficiency at a high level. Furthermore, students should obtain a personal artistic expression, as well as develop sufficient skills and proficiency in communicating musical expressions.

Moreover, the bachelor's programme in Music Performance Studies aims to develop the students' ability for critical reflection and innovative thinking, as well as expand their understanding for music as an art form, and its function in a cultural and social context.


About the programme

The principal instrument is the main objective during the course of study. In addition, courses in aural training, harmony, music history, dissemination of music and physiology represent significant components in the programme of study. Furthermore, the bachelor's programme in Music Performance Studies provides students with a basic competence within music technology.

The specializations in Classical Music and Church Music consist of four years of full-time study.

The specialization in classical music offers training in most musical instruments: the flute, the oboe, the clarinet, the bassoon, the horn, the trumpet, the trombone, the tuba, percussion, the violin, the viola, the cello, the double-bass, the piano, singing/vocal training, the guitar, the accordion and the harpsichord.

Church Music
The organ is the principal instrument in the specialization in church music. The programme of study contains several courses closely related to the profession of an organist/cantor, for example liturgical playing, organ improvisation and ecclesiastic/bible teaching. Successful completion of the specialization provides candidates with certification as a church musician (cantor) in the Norwegian Lutheran State Church. The Department of Music at NTNU administers several organs. Furthermore, organs in churches at the city centre are available for practice and teaching.

Language of instruction: Norwegian

You have to meet the Norwegian language requirements, or have a Scandinavian language as your mother tongue, if you want to apply to any of NTNU’s degree programmes taught in Norwegian.


Audition normally takes place every year in week 9 and 10. The applicants have to document the qualifications required to achieve the study objectives.

Admission is based on an appraisal of the applicant’s artistic level and possibilities. 

Deadline for application is 15 December.

E-mail address for questions about admissions:

Student advisor for Music Performance studies, classical, is Karen Riis.

If you have questions about the study programmes at the Department of Music, you may contact us by e-mail:

  • The academic year at NTNU is divided into two semesters: autumn and spring, autumn being the first semester in a new academic year.
  • The autumn semester starts in August and ends in December. The spring semester starts in January and ends in June.
  • The Department of Music has about 470 degree seeking students: Musicology (140), Music Performance Studies (200), Dance Studies (30) and Music Technology (100). It has 37 teachers in permanent positions and 110 part-time teachers. The administrative staff consists of 13 employees.