MUSP4160 - Main instrument and performing B


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical exam 100/100 20 minutes

Course content

The subject builds upon the contains of Instrument and Performing A, or equivalent. Individual lessons in main instrument with emphasis on independent work, including group lessons with technical practice and specific 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 gives the students practical experience in leading an ensemble through conducting, leading while being part of the ensemble yourself and so on.

Compulsory course in methodology is aimed at practicing and learning strategies in a lifelong perspective.

Compulsory course in Instrument Knowledge/Voice Physiology: The course is primarily offered in the second year of study, but several classes containing few students from various instrument groups may be combined (does not apply for students with organ as main instrument MUSP4533). As a result of this the student will be able to continue at MUSP4170 without having completed this part of MUSP4160.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • shows artistic expression and masters different performing situations
  • can work goal-oriented and independent, alone or together with others
  • has instrumental/vocal skills in order to realize her/his artistic intentions
  • masters prima vista playing/singing.
  • masters basic skills in leading an ensemble.


The candidate

  • has knowledge of and masters techniques for rehearsing, practice and preparing for performances
  • has basic knowledge of the history, construction and functionality of her/his instrument
  • has knowledge of the main lines of the repertoire of her/his instrument
  • can describe the characteristics of artistic quality, assess her/his own and other students learning and give feedback that increases the learning
  • has knowledge about the basic didactic conceptions and makes use of them in planning and working with the instrument
  • has basic knowledge about the history, construction and mode of operation of the instrument

Learning methods and activities

  • main instrument individual lessons for 25 weeks
  • workmanship/technique in groups 1 hour per week for 10 weeks in fall term
  • accompanying lessons 30 minutes per week for relevant instruments for 25 weeks
  • practice methodology in class in fall term
  • conducting/leading ensembles for 1 hour per week for 12 weeks in fall term
  • concert forum 2 hours per week in up to 20 weeks
  • ensemble 2 hour per week in 10 weeks. For organ-students this is replaced with course in improvisation for 2 hours per week in 10 weeks.
  • knowledge of instrument/voice-course for up to 10 hours in spring term
  • projects, various lessons

Compulsory assignments

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

Further on evaluation

All mandatory activities must be approved before the student can be examinated.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Passed MUSP4150 or equivalent

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSP4120 30.0 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  30.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


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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