MUSV3018 - Formal Compositional Strategies B


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 builds on MUSV3118 Formal Compositional Strategies A. The analytical, theoretical, and aesthetic insights that the candidate acquired in MUSV3118 will be used in compositional practice in this follow-up course. The primary goal of this second course is to build compositional skills in various ways that can be used to develop a musical progression.

Learning outcome


A candidate who completes the qualifications for the subject MUSV3018

  • will have deepened knowledge of formal compositional strategies
  • will have knowledge of formal compositional strategies that can be employed in their own artistic practice
  • will have general knowledge of the musicological and compositional issues of the specialized music subjects explored in this course
  • will have knowledge of the history of composition and newer issues related to this field
  • will have knowledge of subject-specific theory and methodology related to this field
  • will have knowledge that places the field of composition within both historical and theoretical perspectives


A candidate who completes the qualifications for the subject MUSV3018

  • can apply that knowledge as a basis for their own compositional practice
  • can formulate their specialized knowledge in a convincing manner in both writing and discussion
  • can independently identify and evaluate relevant research-based knowledge that will illuminate issues within field of composition
  • may on the basis of their specialized knowledge discuss formal compositional solutions in a nuanced manner, enter into dialogue with other composers' formal solutions, and advance an independent argument, both in writing as well as orally
  • can apply methods that are specific to formal compositional strategies on an independent critical basis, both analytically and compositionally

Learning methods and activities

The teaching combines analytical and practical exercises to achieve the course's learning outcomes, and may include different pedagogical approaches. These may include lectures, seminars, cooperation with established ensembles, or other suitable work methods. Over the course of the term, students will deliver compositional assignments that involve applications of different formal strategies.

Further on evaluation

Each compositional assignment that is written within the course will be delivered in a final evaluation folder. The folder as a whole will be evaluated as either pass or fail.

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) - some programmes

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the composition line of the Master's Programme in Musicology.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSV3017 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

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





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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