MGLU5220 - Composition


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

30 hours of teaching

The course is based on a broad understanding of the concept of composition that embraces creative work with music and dance. The term embraces process and product, improvisation and arrangement.

The course focuses on the students' artistic and didactic work on composing and arranging music, including dance. This involves, among other things, physical and technological working methods. Through the course, the student develops skills to compose and arrange music and dance in different ways and thought for different purposes and in different contexts, as well as develop knowledge and skills to do didactic work where elementary school students compose and arrange music and dance. The course will include training on some composition and arrangement techniques, instrument knowledge and various forms of notation, as well as the use of digital compositing / arranging tools.

Learning outcome


The student

- has specialized knowledge for self-chosen approach to composing

- has advanced knowledge of a variety of instrument groups as well as level-adjusted arrangements for these

- can use relevant subject knowledge to facilitate creative processes in composing music and dance

- has in-depth knowledge of the use of relevant digital technology to facilitate compulsory school pupils' composition

· Skills

The student

- can use compositional and arranging techniques independently for composing in a self-selected work

- can use relevant digital tools in composing processes

- can reflect on the relationship between recorded music, sounding music and dance, as well as their own creative process related to composition

- can transcribe and analyze music from any selected genres or music cultures

- be able to analyze and critically evaluate their own and others' musical products

- can facilitate student work on the composition of music and dance through the use of relevant methods and tools

· General competence

The student

- can provide independent works in the form of musical products

- be able to communicate about creative processes related to composing

- can discuss issues related to intellectual property, copyright and plagiarism

Learning methods and activities

Student active working methods with group work and individual assignments under supervision. The course's activities are seen in the context of the topic "Production" (7.5 credits Autumn 5th year), so that the course's work requirements are used in productions.

Further on evaluation

Compulsory work requirements:

· One musical composition for performance for children (1-7 students) or youth (5-10 students)

· One composition with music or dance adapted for students.

· One transcript / analysis of an existing piece of music.

· Design of a teaching program where elementary school students compose music or dance

· Satisfactory participation in compulsory education (80%)

· Approved participation in improvisation workshop where music is improvised with instruments

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7)
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)

Required previous knowledge

The course is compulsory for students with in primary school education, a master's degree in music.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Theory
  • Teacher Education
  • Music Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education



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