MUSV1019 - Principal Instrument 1 with Improvisation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical examination 100/100 10 minutes

Course content

The course is comprised of work on the student's development with their principal instrument/voice, including technique, methods, genre knowledge, theory, and communication tied to a chosen repertoire, as well as broader general technical exercises. The course further includes methods and exercises for open-genre improvisation with voice and/or instrument, both alone and as part of a group.

Learning outcome


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV1019

  • has basic vocal/instrumental proficiency
  • is broadly oriented within his or her main musical area/genre
  • has basic practical and theoretical insight in appropriate techniques for listening, exercise and performance, both alone and in ensembles
  • has basic knowledge of different types of appropriate methods for vocal/instrumental improvisation, independent of genre


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV1019

  • can rehearse and present a vocal/instrumental repertoire from a broad field within his or her main musical area/genre
  • can show musicality, technical skills, knowledge of styles, and insight into music theory
  • can improvise on a basic level both alone and with others

Learning methods and activities

Principal instrument: individual instruction with satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction. To be able to take the final exam, the student must attend a minimum of 80% of the lectures.

Because of overlap due to comparable learning goals, students can only register once for the individual levels of instruction within the Department of Music’s principal instrument courses.

Improvisation: individual instruction with satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction. To be able to take the final exam, the student must attend a minimum of 80% of the lectures.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in instuction - principal instrument
  • Satisfactory participation in instuction - improvisation

Further on evaluation

Compulsory activities must be approved before the assessment. The improvisation part of the course concludes with a presentation in a group in the last practice lesson.

The course is assessed with a practical exam in principal instrument, with exam time being approximately 10 minutes.

If the student fails to attend principal instrument lectures after the department's appointment of a principal instrument teacher, the student will lose the right to take the final examination.

If the course is not passed, the student must retake the full assessment.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSV1020 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
MUSV1015 4.0 AUTUMN 2022
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

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: Practical examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Practical examination 100/100

2023-11-30 - 2023-12-01

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Practical examination 100/100
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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