Performance Practice (MUM702)

The main focus of the course is the relationship between notation and sounding text through changing eras and ideals. It is taught both historically, biographically and regarding music theory. The course deals with the collective (societal, technological, ideological, stylistic), school-related (traditional, teaching-related and institutional) and individual impulses and causes that underlie for a performing result.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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Teaching is both historically, biographically and music theory based on fundamental and practical issues related to entry practice and the approach that goes by the collective term HIP ( Historically Informed Performance). Reception history will weigh as heavily as traditional music historical elements. The course will partly move on a theoretical/principled level, partly on a concrete basis, based on specific performers and their performances. Listening and practice in differentiated listening will be an important part of the course. Central to the course will be a (beginning) reflection on verkontoological issues as well as an awareness of the performer as a music historical agent, to both composers and the public. The student will be introduced into the distinctions between performance, interpretation and entry practice and their associated traditions.

Learning outcome

After completing and passing the programme, the candidate should be able to:

General competence

  • demonstrate a general overview of the performer's role in music history
  • reflect with rooting in knowledge about the relationship and the mutual influence between composition and practice


  • document knowledge of a selection of important performers, their style of play, interpretations, historical significance and, not least, position in a practical performance perspective
  • explain reasoned notions of the concept of this perspective, and be able to know something about the assumptions, behaviors and characteristics of the various practices


  • in practice, translating on one's own instrument parts of the knowledge acquired in the course

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Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written assignment 1/1 3 Weeks Passed / Not Passed

The exam in this course will be a written home assignment 4500 words (+/- 10%), or a combination of written 2000 words (+/- 10%) and performing assignments documented with a recording. Individual or group exam, by agreement with the lecturer. Group submission will affect the scope of the assignment.The exam text will be published 3 weeks before the submission deadline.

Coursework requirements

Teaching in the course is mandatory. In order to take the exam, the student must have at least 80% attendance.

It is in general not differentiated between causes of its absence.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Olaf Eggestad

Study Adviser:

Anne Siri Norland

Method of work

Teaching in groups.

Students are responsible for keeping up to date with information provided on Canvas.

Open for

Music Performance - Master's Degree Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto