MUSP4147 - Conducting


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The course consists of: conducting and technique, instruction and ensemble methods, repertoire and score studies, instrument and orchestral knowledge, score playing, projects with training in conducting choir/orchestras/ensembles, practical aural training, participation in Department of Music ensembles if needed. Instruction will be provided partly as weekly group lessons (in periods), partly as intensive periods of study (evenings and weekends). Other courses external to NTNU may be included as appropriate, for example the conductor's symposium of The Norwegian Band Federation. Information about this will be provided at the start of the semester. In collaboration with the academic leader, each individual student will decide on a listening program that mirrors the individual needs and desires of the student.

Learning outcome

This subject aims to give the student a possibility to upgrade their skills in conducting ensembles. The subject gives qualifications to work with different types of ensembles in the amateur music society, in addition giving qualifications to apply for further education on a master/higher level in conducting choir and other ensembles. The student will learn and develop:

  • A good and suitable conducting technique.
  • Methods for own interpretation of the scores.
  • Methods for building up good and practical rehearsals.
  • Adapt the basic skills for working in the musical society or further studies in conducting.

Learning methods and activities

Maximum 2 lessons a week for 24 weeks (instruction details are described in Academic content). All lessons given are compulsory.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction/conducting

Further on evaluation

One-week home examination and a 20-minute examination in practical conducting. If the exam is failed, the entire subject must be retaken.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Music Performance (MMUSP)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSP)

Required previous knowledge

At least two years of higher education. The number of students in the course is limited. Applicants will have to go through testing and evaluation. All candidates that are admitted must have an ensemble for practice and teaching purposes (choir, wind band, brass band, orchestra etc.).

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Fourth-year courses, level IV



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Performance Studies
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


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