Main Instrument II - Classical (MUM3502KD)

The main instrument is the most important component of the master's programme and also constitutes the bulk of the study as a whole. The course mainly includes solo performances, solo singing and conducting. A new repertoire/playlist will be rehearsed for the student and is planned in collaboration with the main instrument teacher. It should normally contain music from several styles.

For classical, at least one contemporary music work must be included. The individual main instrument teacher is responsible for his/her instrumental areas in relation to his students, while an overall responsibility for the performing main subject area lies in the subject management. The course also includes an optional performing creative specialization. The specialization can be of a performing (solo, chamber music or ensemble exercise) or a creative/compositional nature. Performing/creative specialization can be carried out in collaboration internally at the faculty and/or together with external professionals.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The focus on the main instrument is the most important component of the master's programme's specialization part and also constitutes the bulk of the study as a whole. The course can include both solo and ensemble performances.

Learning outcome

After completing and passing the exam in the course, the candidate should have acquired the knowledge, skills and general competence that enable him/her to:

General competence:

  • demonstrate dissemination skills, reflection and innovation and an independent artistic expression at a high level
  • be able to meet professional requirements in accordance with the specialization


  • have advanced knowledge in the field and specialized insight within their specialization area


  • realize and communicate their artistic intentions with a clear personal expression

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Performing 1/1 70 Minutes Letter grades

Final performing exam in the spring semester, with repertoire of 60-70 minutes depending on the instrument. One grade is set to describe the overall assessment of the concert's various components. Chamber music can account for up to a third of the concert programme and a smaller proportion (around a quarter) of the master's project's (MUM201's) repertoire can be reused.

Coursework requirements

100% compulsory attendance for teaching and compulsory participation in projects and concerts, the Master Forums included.

In order to take the exam in the course, the student must have approved all mandatory work requirements.

Check the faculty's "Attendance requirements", which follow UiS's exam regulations.

Repertoire list, including area of specialisation, must be submitted in Canvas within the announced deadline.

The different instrument groups will have different requirements and different forms of documentation. The requirements are specified in the academic groups' annual plans (e.g. number of seminars with active participation, etc.).

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Bjørn Einar Halvorsen

Study Adviser:

Anne Siri Norland

Method of work

Individual supervision and teaching are given on the main instrument, as well as seminars, group lessons and master classes. Some activities are project-based. For some instrumentalists, work on repertoire will naturally take place with an accompanist or in ensembles. The same applies to concerts and performances. Each student and head teacher follows up the course with a reciprocally signed overview of completed teaching that is approved by both of them within the specified deadline of spring.

Students are expected to attend all of the Master Forums. Students are responsible for keeping up to date with information provided on Canvas.

Open for

Music Performance - Master programme, part-time

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.


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