MUSP4150 - Main instrument and performing A


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

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

Course content

Individual lessons in main instrument with emphasis on independent work, including group lessons with technical practice and specific main-instrumental themes. The subject emphasizes concert training and ensemble training, and the student must participate with solo or chamber musical repertoire in at least two concerts during the academic year. At least one of the concerts must be part of Department of Music's own concerts. The concerts are to be documented and approved in the semester reports.

Compulsory course in Conducting includes musical instruction as well as conducting techniques.

Course in Physiology: The course includes knowledge in prevention of strain injuries, exercises in relaxation and concentration, principles of exercise, warming up exercises, and basic techniques in performance preparation.

The course also includes courses in Methodology of practicing, where practice colloquia is established that the students themselves maintain throughout the bachelor's program.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • has instrumental/vocal skills in order to realise her/his artistic intentions
  • can work goal-oriented and independent, alone or together with other
  • has knowledge of and masters techniques for rehearsing, practice and preparing for performances
  • masters prima vista singing/playing
  • has training in several different areas of performing -has basic skills in conducting
  • takes an active part in assessing her/his own and other students playing in study groups


The candidate:

  • has knowledge of basic anatomy, and can relate this knowledge in preventing body strain damages
  • has knowledge of different views of learning

Learning methods and activities

  • Main instrument individual lessons one hour per week for 25 weeks
  • Workmanship/technique in groups 1 hour per week in 20 weeks
  • Accompanying for relevant instruments lessons 30 minutes per week for 25 weeks
  • Concert forum 2 hours per week for up to 20 weeks
  • Ensemble 2 hours per week in 10 weeks. For organ-students this is replaced with course in improvisation for 2 hours per week in 10 weeks.
  • Projects, various lessons

The recourse in ensemble and concert forum might be redistributed


  • Methodology for practicing: 1 hour per week for 9 weeks in fall term.
  • Basic conducting: 1 hour per week for 9 weeks in spring term
  • Physiology in groups: individual lessons and groups 1 hour per week for up to 25 weeks

Compulsory assignments

  • Course in physiology
  • Participation in two concerts
  • Course in methodology
  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction
  • Course in conducting

Further on evaluation

All mandatory activities must be approved before the student can have the exam.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Bachelor's programme in Music Performance Studies.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSP4110 30.0 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

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
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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