MUSK4420 - Jazz Performance 2


New from the academic year 2024/2025

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical exam 100/100 15 minutes D

Course content

The principal instrument course requires significant independent study from the student. The tuition includes developing musical and instrumental skills with an emphasis on improvisation.

The ensemble course includes repertoire development, practice in improvisation, conducting, rehearsal techniques and band musicianship. The student will receive relevant studio training.

The course in supporting instrument drum kit is intended to help the student in his work with rhythm and body coordination. Students with drum kit as their main instrument have lessons in the course Supporting instrument piano (see MUSK4410).

The music presentation course includes preparation, performance, and evaluation of a tour. Each student must submit a project report at the end of the course.

The course in aural training is a continuation of the corresponding course in MUSP4410. The course offers a foundation in basic musical training. With a practical and performative approach where imitation, improvisation and rhythm are essential factors, the course seeks to reflect music’s many expressions and contribute to mental and embodied musicality development.

The music theory course is based on the corresponding course in MUSK4410 and consist of an introduction to non-functional harmony and modal systems, score analysis, improvisational analysis, improvisational theory and technique, in addition to composing and arranging within the framework of the course. This course is closely related to the course in aural training and is intended to serve as a means of systematizing and raising awareness of the material and the processes in play in aural training. The main focus is on the student’s coping with the course material on an aural and performative manner.

The course in composing is based on the individual student's music-generating aptitudes through aural-based composition and collective ensemble processes. The compositions are developed through analysis and use of compositional tools. Introduction to different aspects in music technology, such as basic creative use of musical software, basic knowledge of microphones, sound editing and the recording studio.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • has knowledge about planning a tour, development of repertoire and the processes that is essential in the realization of large-scale concert projects.
  • has knowledge about and master relevant techniques in interpretation, practicing, musical performance preparations, and how to prevent body strain damages.
  • has increased knowledge of musical intuition and the understanding of the importance of imitation methodology.
  • has increased knowledge of the organization of musical material in general and aural training material in particular.
  • has basic knowledge of composing for given ensembles.
  • knows how music software can be used as a tool in arranging/composing and sound recording-/editing.


The candidate:

  • has instrumental/vocal skills on a level that makes them able to carry out their artistic intentions.
  • shows artistic expression and can relate to the audience in different settings.
  • can work goal-oriented and independently, alone and together with others
  • takes initiative to play in ensembles, and shows skills in musical communication.
  • has skills in improvisation.
  • has basic skills in supporting instruments piano and drums.
  • is better equipped at learning music aurally and by means of imitation.
  • is better at communicating in relevant musical contexts.
  • has improved ability to analyze music aurally.
  • is skilled in composing for given ensembles.
  • can use music software as a tool in arranging/composing and sound recording/- processing.

Learning methods and activities

All musicians are fundamentally self-taught. Significant individual effort in all courses is required in order to succeed, particularly in regard to musical and instrumental skills. To qualify to take the final exam the student must have a minimum of 80% attendance in all courses.

Compulsory assignments

  • Course in principal instrument
  • Ensemble course 
  • Secondary instrument course 
  • Aural and rhythmic training course 
  • Theory course 
  • Composition course 
  • Music Presentation course

Further on evaluation

Practical exam in main instrument, duration approx. 15 minutes.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Music Performance Studies - Jazz (BMUSK)

Required previous knowledge

Passed MUSK4410 or equivalent.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSP4321 22.5 AUTUMN 2024
MUSP4322 15.0 AUTUMN 2024
MUSP4326 7.5 AUTUMN 2024
MUSP4328 7.5 AUTUMN 2024
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Version: 1
Credits:  52.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Performance Studies


Examination arrangement: Practical exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Practical exam 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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