MUSV2023 - Principal Instrument 3 with Ear Training


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical examination 100/100 20 minutes

Course content

The course is based on MUSV1021 Principal Instrument 2 and MUSV1018 Ear Training and Improvisation, and further develops a higher level on the student's principal instrument and ear training skills.

The principal instrument instruction continues to develop the student's principal instrument/vocal skills, including technique, methods, genre knowledge, theory, and communication tied to a chosen repertoire, as well as broader general technical exercises.

The ear training develops the student's ability to define structures in music, translating them from sounding expressions to notation or vice versa.

Learning outcome


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV2023 has deepened knowledge of

  • vocal/instrumental directions and styles within his or her main musical area/genre
  • instrumental, rehearsal and practice techniques and ways of conveying music alone and in ensembles
  • principles of melody, rhythm, harmony, and form
  • music theory


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV2023

  • can work in a goal-oriented and independent fashion
  • can rehearse and present a vocal/instrumental repertoire from a broad field within his or her genre, at a higher level than what is required in MUSV1021
  • can show musicality and musical communication skills, technical skills, knowledge of styles and insight into music theory in practical performance at a higher level than what is required in MUSV1021
  • can show musicality, technical skill and music theoretic insight in practical performance at a higher level than what is required in MUSV1018

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 instruction.

Students with a need for piano accompaniment who have classical vocals, strings, brass or woodwind as their principal instrument, will get 4 x 30 min. accompaniment in preparation for their exam, and 1 hour for the exam itself.

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.

Ear training: group instruction. In order to take the final exam, satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction (minimum 80 %) including a final test and delivery of exercises is required.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in instuction - principal instrument
  • Satisfactory participation in instuction - aural training
  • Delivery of written exercises
  • Test in aural training

Further on evaluation

The course concludes with a practical examination on the principal instrument. The duration of the practical examination is approximately 20 minutes. The repertoire must differ from previous exam/exams in Principal Instrument. 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.

Not passing one of the compulsory components means that the student must retake that particular component. This will have to be approved in order to take the final examination.

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

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Bachelor's programme in Musicology and having passed MUSV1021 and MUSV1018.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSV2022 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
MUSV2017 4.0 AUTUMN 2022
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


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 2023-11-27 08:30
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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