MUSP4153 - Aural Training A


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical exam piano 1/2 10 minutes
Exercises 1/2

Course content

By a practical and performative approach the subject aims to contribute to consciousness-raising and to enhance the skills in the basic elements scale, intervals, melody, chords, cadenza, rythm and form- mainly within a fram of tonality. The subject is closely connected to MUSP4152 Harmony A. The course aims to mirror music's various means of expression and ability to cross the borders of styles and genre. Improvisation is essential. Piano is a essential tool in the instruction.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • has basic knowledge about rhythm and harmonic character in connection with scale, interval, melody, chords, cadenza and other central parameters of expression
  • has knowledge about methods and good strategic approaches to listening, transcription and how to navigate in a musical material
  • is highly conscious about the importance of aural skills in her/his own everyday life as a musician.


The candidate:

  • can improvise within defined musical frames; for example ostinato playing, sound, texture or the circle of fifths
  • can imitate or write simple sonorous music/folk music -can sing melodies and harmonic progressions within the frame of major/minor tonality
  • has basic skills in prima-vista singing
  • has basic skills in reading rhythm, rhythmical coordination and techniques for subdivision
  • can identify the most important phenomena of expression in tonal music, and use the ear in a performative perspective
  • can use piano as a visualizing tool in her/his work with aural training, and also master basic figure playing in different genres.

Learning methods and activities

Weekly instruction in groups, and 30 minutes per week group teaching on acoustic pianos. Chord symbols and simple accompaniment are emphasized.

Weekly mandatory exercizes/assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction

Further on evaluation

Weekly training assignments, participation in compulsory instruction.

Practical exam on piano (10 minutes) with chord symbols, simple accompaniment and other repertoire.

Minimum of 80% satisfactory participation in all mandatory activities in the course.

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
MUSP4112 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
EXFAC0007 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


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
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Exercises 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Practical exam piano 1/2
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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