Main Instrument I - Classical (MUM3501KD)
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 performance, 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 head instrument teacher is responsible for his/her instrumental areas in relation to his students, while an overall responsibility for the main performance subject area lies with 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 specialisation can be carried out in collaboration with internal forces at the faculty and/or together with external professional actors.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
Semester tution start
Number of semesters
Language of instruction
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 mainly includes solo performances. A new repertoire/playlist will be rehearsed for the student who is planned in collaboration with the main instrument teacher. It should normally contain music from several styles and at least one contemporary music work must be included.
Performance/creative specialization is based on the chosen specialization area, whether performing or creative. There should be a clear distinction between the performing main instrument of a soloistic nature, leading up to the exam, and the performing/creative specialization.
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:
- demonstrate dissemination skills, reflection and innovation and an independent artistic expression at a high level
- be able to meet practitioner requirements in accordance with the specialization
- demonstrate knowledge of methods that promote their own professional development
- have advanced knowledge in the field and specialized knowledge within their specialization area
- conduct soloist and chamber music concert activities and disseminate music in a public context
- realize and communicate their artistic intentions with a clear personal expression
Required prerequisite knowledge
Final performing exam in the spring semester, with a repertoire of ca. 45 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 one third of the concert programme and a smaller proportion (around a quarter) of the master's project's (MUM201) repertoire can be reused.
100% compulsory attendance for teaching and compulsory participation in projects and concerts.
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 must be submitted on 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.).
Completed performing/creative specialization must be documented through a log, concert program, etc.no later than 2 weeks before the final exam.
Course coordinator:Harald Eikaas
Programme coordinator: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 tasks 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 follow 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 responsible for keeping up to date with information provided on Canvas.