MUSV3001 - Composition and Analysis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

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

Course content

The course combines score studies with individual composition assignments. Principles of composition from the 20th century will be examined, and the implementation of these theories and principles in music from the 20th and 21st centuries will be shown.

The course can be substituted with courses in the MUSV31**-series.

Learning outcome


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3001

  • has knowledge of a broad spectrum of musical styles from the 20th and 21st century
  • has knowledge of style and structure in a number of representative musical works from the 20th and 21st century
  • has knowledge of specific theories and analytical methods within the discipline
  • has knowledge of creative processes in music, and processes of musical form


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3001

  • can independently write compositions in accordance to central compositional principles from the 20th and 21st century
  • can independently analyze different musical works from the 20th and 21st century in accordance to relevant theories and analytical methods within the discipline
  • can find and assess relevant musical recordings, scores and music literature, as an inspiration and support for his/her academic and artistic work

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and written assignments.

Instruction is obligatory and demands minimum 80% attendance.

The student will write one composition assignment every week. The principles of composition discussed in the lectures will be put into practice in these assignments. The assignments will be assessed by a tutor in the full session, where the students will give responses to each other.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction

Further on evaluation

Portfolio consisting of all the assignments, assessed as a whole, with the grade pass/fail at the end of the course.

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, but it is strongly recommended to follow the complete course again, as the form of evaluation is portfolio assessment.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes. For more information:

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

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Master's programme in Musicology. Passed MUSV1017 and MUSV2010 or equivalent courses.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2023-06-01

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 *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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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