MUSV1018 - Ear Training and Improvisation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio assessment 100/100

Course content

The course builds on MUSV1019 and MUSV1017 with seminars in ear training and improvisation. Skills in these various disciplines are advanced from earlier training.

Learning outcome


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV1018 has extended knowledge of

  • principles of melody, rhythm, harmony, and form
  • different types of vocal/instrumental improvisation


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV1018

  • can perceive and reproduce melodies, rhythms, and form and harmonic progressions from different musical styles and traditions at a higher level than what is required in MUSV1019
  • can perform vocal/instrumental improvisation alone and in an ensemble at a higher level than what is required in MUSV1019

Learning methods and activities

Group instruction. In order to take the final exam satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction and delivery of exercises is required. To pass the course the student must attend a minimum of 80% of all instruction.

Improvisation and oral presentation in ear training is assessed with pass/fail after a practical presentation that must be approved before the final exam in ear training.

If a student does not pass one of the compulsory assignments, they are required to redo that assignment, which must be approved in order to take the final examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation in aural training
  • Compulsory delivery of exercises
  • Satisfactory participation in aural training
  • Satisfactory participation in improvisation

Further on evaluation

The course concludes with a portfolio in ear training. The portfolio can contain up to 12 written exercises.

If the course is not passed, the student must retake the whole assessment. If the candidate retakes the exam there is no need to retake the compulsory assignments.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Bachelor's programme or the One-year programme in Musicology.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSV1016 3.5 AUTUMN 2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100 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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