MUSP4171 - Music Understanding C


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 1/2
Assignment 1/2

Course content

Specialization on a student-selected theme from music history which should be connected to the student's principal instrument. The written assignment should include analytical and/or critical elements. The assignment could also contain sounding examples, recorded/live presented by the candidate. The project plan and assignment will be developed in consultation with the course instructor, and should be approved and presented for the class by November 1st.

Composing/developing/arranging a piece of music of 2-4 minutes length, to be performed by the student in a concert arranged for this purpose. The piece must have references to the theme of the assignment above, and must be in a written format. The piece may include improvisation.

In class: Course in academic writing and themes related to composing. Presentations.

Individual tutoring related to the composition and the written assignment.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has extended knowledge about a defined topic in history of Western art music
  • has knowledge of some basic issues related to composing and notation
  • has knowledge of the performing traditions and aesthetics from the self-selected in-depht area
  • has knowledge about and can orient oneself in relevant literature


The candidate

  • Demonstrates good writing skills and has knowledge of the conventions of academic writing.
  • Can select, research and complete a written assignment independently
  • Can relate her/his knowledge about history of music to his/her own musical performance
  • Has a sufficient compositional workmanship level to compose a musical piece to be performed by the student
  • Can reflect on the importance of aural skills, and actively apply these skills in rehearsing, performance and composing.

Learning methods and activities

2 hour lessons for 8 weeks, fall and spring. Lectures, presentations and discussions.

Individual tutoring: 4 hours in composition, 4 hours in the written assignment

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instructiuon

Further on evaluation

Written assignment on a student-selected theme from music history, can also include aural and musical presentations. The written assignment has deadline April 1st. Scope: 10-15 typed A4 pages with 1.5 spacing, type size 12, and standard margins. Bibliography, music examples and illustrations are in addition to this.

Composing/developing a piece of music of 2-4 minutes length to be played in a concert by the student. The composition can include elements of improvisation. Deadline: May 1st.

Compulsory activities:

Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction and tutoring

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Passed MUSP4161 or equivalent subject.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Performance Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 1/2 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 1/2 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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