Master project (MUM201)

The course requires the candidate to specialize in, for example, a topic, area of repertoire or historical period, or other practice-based challenges. It is expected that the work relating to the performance - including the performance itself - is put into perspective based on relevant theory. It is the candidate’s main instrument that should be the focus of this subject. The individual instrumental tutor is the academic supervisor for their respective students, unless otherwise specified.

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


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The Master project must be an independent, critical and explorative piece of work with a clear focus.

The course requires the candidate to research one's own performative practice, specialize in, for example, a topic, area of repertoire or historical period, or other practice-based or improvisational challenges. The work must be independent, critical, and innovative, maintaining a clear focus on a defined topic.

Learning outcome

After completing and passing the examination for the course, candidates will have acquired the knowledge, skills and general proficiency that will enable them to:

General proficiency:

  • carry out an independent, specialized project under academic supervision


  • provide theoretical and methodological knowledge for undertaking an artistic and other research project


  • enable them to independently use relevant methods for artistic research.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

MUM807 Methodology and Interpretation


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Performance 1/1 60 Minutes Letter grades

The master project will reflect a high artistic level and degree of independence and conclude with a combination of performing expression and reflection/research. The exam involves giving a concert or demonstration lecture of 45-60 minutes duration in the autumn semester, divided into an estimated 2/3 performance/song/exercise and 1/3 oral presentation/reflection component, or half and half , depending on the subject and character of the work. For the supervisor, there should be a script for the textual presentation, but for the jury there are some key words, eventually supplemented by other material (score, etc.). The concert lecture should be intended for an audience consisting of master students. The presentation is followed by a conversation with the jury where the candidate is given the opportunity to answer questions and elaborate on aspects of the work.

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.

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.).

Project description that is submitted for approval at the end of the 2nd semester. The project description follows a template which includes a preliminary title for the project, a description of the selected topic, a time-schedule, a preliminary performance/repertoire list, as well as the chosen form of documentation. Although this is a work in progress which can be edited, the initial project description should nevertheless be approved by the main instrumental tutor and the academic supervisor(s). All edits must then be approved by the tutor/supervisor. The student is solely responsible for the progress of the work, and must make regular arrangements with tutor and supervisor (delivering recordings, notes, written work etc.), in order to ensure progress.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Olaf Eggestad

Course coordinator:

Petter Frost Fadnes

Study Adviser:

Anne Siri Norland

Study Adviser:

Lena Crosby Haug

Method of work

Teaching is given by the main instrument teacher and, an accompanist (if any), and allocated hours are assigned in individual supervision for the theoretical /contextual aspects of the work.

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'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.


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