MUSP4714 - Reflection in Musical Performance and Artistic Research


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 1/2 20 minutes
Assignment 1/2

Course content

The course seeks to provide students with a reflective attitude towards the musicians role, through being able to see the connection between their own artistic activities and music and the role of art in society in a historical, cultural and aesthetic context. Further on the course will elucidate the relationships between artistic and cultural discourses and musical performance practice, and stimulate critical thinking around these themes. The course focuses on topics like historically informed performance practice, the concept of the musical work, the transferring of tradition, music and ethics, artistic research, personal musical intuition and aesthetic orientation.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has a reflective attitude towards the importance of music in past and present, and her/his role as a musician in her/his cultural context
  • has awareness and knowledge and can reflect critically about art and aesthetic questions.


The candidate:

  • can reflect on and communicate her/his artistic choices
  • can integrate obtained knowledge and insight into their own musical performance.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, colloquium, reports, interpretation/musical activity and a written assignment.

All compulsory subject must be passed to be able to do the exams.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory lectures and colloquium

Further on evaluation

The written assignment shall reflect the student's own practice in the light of selected perspectives presented during the course. There should be a clear relationship between the oral exam and the written assignment. The text of the assignment must have a scope of 4-6 typed A4 pages of text with line spacing 1.5, 12-point font and standard margins. The assignment should be delivered as a pdf or as a locked exposition in Research Catalogue.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Admission to Master's Degree Programme in Music Performance.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/2





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Oral examination 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
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