MUSP4582 - Theory of Church Music and professional knowledge


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

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

Course content

Church music theory: The course will give an overview of the historical development of the liturgy, and the main features of contemporary worship life. The course also gives a review of hymnology and hymn history, in addition to an introduction to the literary and musical character of the hymn.Industry knowledge: The course will raise awareness of church musical identity and professional understanding, and provide an overview of church organization and structure. The course will provide knowledge about the artistic and theological foundations of church music, as well as create reflection on church music.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • has knowledge of liturgical and hymnological history and development
  • has knowledge of the liturgical arrangements of the Church of Norway.
  • has a conscious relationship to their own competence, musician identity and expectations in working life
  • has insight into and knowledge of working life requirements and expectations, as well as knowledge of relevant institutions and partners
  • has a reflective relationship to the role of church music in society


The candidate

  • can familiarize themselves with and evaluate relevant texts on church musical topics and reflect on their own professional practice
  • can apply their knowledge in their own professional practice
  • can formulate his/her professional knowledge in both writing and speech
  • can update his/her knowledge in the field

Learning methods and activities

Lectures in class: Equivalent to 1.5 hours per week. The course is a combination of weekly lessons and projects with lectures, discussions and groups.

Instruction is obligatory and demands minimum 80% attendance.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instructiuon

Further on evaluation

2 written assignments are handed in, minimum 4 A4 pages per assignment (line-spacing 1.5, 12-point font size, 2.5 margins).

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Bachelor's programme in Music Performance Studies or one year programme in Church Music.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Fourth-year courses, level IV


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:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Assignment

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