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

Liturgy and hymnology: The course aim to give the students an overview over the historical evolution of liturgy, and the main features of the services in the church in our time. The course will also include the history of hymnology and psalms, and the roles they have in the Church and society.

Professional knowledge: the course reflects on the identity and professional knowledge of the church-musician. Also, the course aims to enhance the reflection related to the artistic and theological view of church music and will include an orientation of how the church is organized and structured.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • has knowledge about the history and development of Liturgy and hymnology
  • has knowledge about the organization of the Church of Norway
  • is conscious about her/his competences, musical identity and what the employers expect
  • has insight in and knowledge about the expectations of the employers, and knowledge about relevant institutions and collaborating partners
  • has insight in current issues and attitudes related to the use of church music in society and church


The candidate

  • can express her/his professional skills in a convincing way both written and orally
  • can understand and reflect on relevant texts about church music, and make her/his own reflections based on this knowledge
  • can apply her/his knowledge in own profession
  • can reflect on her/his own professional work and adjust it to different work arenas
  • is able to keep being updatet in this field of knowledge

Learning methods and activities

Lectures in class: 2 hours per week for 24 weeks. The course is a combination of weekly lessons and projects with classroom lectures, discussions and groups.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instructiuon

Further on evaluation

2 written assessments, 4 A4 pages.

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 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

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 *
Spring 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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