Music Performance Studies

Bachelor's programme in Music Performance Studies

Music Performance Studies

Students in a chamber music class

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.

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 bachelor's programme in Music Performance Studies has three specializations:

  • Classical music
  • Jazz
  • Church music

The specializations in Classical Music and Church Music consist of four years of full-time study. The specialization in jazz is a three-year programme study with an optional fourth year, which consists of teacher training.

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.

The specialization in jazz holds an extraordinary place in Norwegian musical life, and is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019. For the duration of these years, students from the specialization in jazz have influenced the national as well as the international jazz scene. In principle, the specialization is open to all musical instruments.

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.

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Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

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.