MUSV3005 - Principal Instrument and musical interplay


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical examination 100/100 30 minutes

Course content

The course is based on Principal Instrument 1, 2 and 3 at the Bachelor's level. Instruction for the principal instrument (individual instruction) is provided over two semesters, and requires skills equivalent to the main instrument examination at the Bachelor's level. In addition, classes are given over one semester in musical interplay within a selected practice area, either vocally or vocally/instrumentally.

Students who have a certification in an instrument or vocals from a music conservatory, music college or equivalent education are not eligible for instruction in MUSV3005. These students will take courses in the MUSV31**-series as replacement.

Learning outcome


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3005 has advanced knowledge of

  • different vocal/instrumental directions and styles within their main musical area/genre
  • suitable vocal/instrumental techniques within their musical specialization area(s)/genre(s)
  • suitable musical approaches, herein rehearsal and practice techniques alone and in ensembles
  • different aspects of presentation.
  • rehearsal and performance of music in a group, vocal or vocal/instrumental within a selected practice area.


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3005

  • can work goal-oriented and independently with music performance and subject specialisation
  • can rehearse and present a vocal/instrumental repertoire within their musical specialisation area(s)/genre(s) at a higher level than what is required in MUSV2022 or MUSV2023
  • can show musicality, technical skills, ability to present different types of music and insight into music theory in practical performance at a higher level than what is required in MUSV2022 or MUSV2023
  • can rehearse and perform music in concert with others/musical interplay.

Learning methods and activities

Individual and group instruction.

Students with need of piano accompaniment who have classical vocals, strings, brass or woodwind as their principal instrument will receive 4 x 30 min. accompaniment in preparation to 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.

The class in vocal practices is instructed in the fall semester of MUSV3005, and is assessed with pass/fail. The class in vocal practices must be passed in order to take the final examination on your principal instrument.

Furthermore, to pass the course the student must attend a minimum of 80% of the lectures. 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.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction
  • Group music making

Further on evaluation

The course concludes with a practical examination on the principal instrument. The duration of the practical examination is approximately 30 minutes.

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 (MMUSP)
Musicology (MMUSV)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Master's programme in Musicology and MUSV1019, MUSV1021 and MUSV2023 or equivalent courses.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

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
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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