Ear Training Pedagogic Conference

Thursday 23 February 10:00 - Friday 24 February 16:00,
Faculty for Performing Arts at the University of Stavanger,
Bjergsted 1, Stavanger.


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Welcome to the Ear Training Pedagogic Conference in Stavanger!

Link to registration

At the conference, we have two days of individual presentations and discussions on the following themes:

  • Entrance exams in different countries/regions/institutions
  • The role of music theory in higher music education in general

Many countries such as Norway use a national music theory and ear training test as a part of the entrance examination process. The content and level of this test has strong implications toward various levels of music education: What the students are expected to know when they enter the university, largely dictates the level of education we can give them during the often limited time reserved to music theory and ear training. The content of the entrance exam also largely dictates the content of teaching in lower educational levels. We also want to address the question as to what role music theory and ear training play in (higher) music education in general.

The confirmed presenters and participants come from different music institutions in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, and Spain. Conference languages are Scandinavian and English.

Registration and payment by 9th of February
Link to registration

The conference fee is 750 NOK, including lunch and refreshments for both conference days and conference materials.

Practical information

The first conference day starts with coffee and registration at 10:00.
The address for the conference venue is Bjergsted 1 (Fakultet for utøvende kunstfag, Universitetet i Stavanger).
From Stavanger Airport to the conference venue, we recommend taking the Airport Shuttle Bus (see, flybussen.no for details), to Stavanger bus terminal.
Here's a link to the route from Stavanger bus terminal to Bjergsted, which is about 30 minutes’ walk: Stavanger bussterminal, Stavanger til Bjergsted 1, Stavanger - Google Maps.

Tentative program
Thursday 23.2.2023

10:00  Coffee and registration

10:30   Opening words - Esa Lilja

10:45   Maria Medby Tollefsen- Digitalt grunnkurs i gehør og musikkteori

11:15    Fabio Ferrucci - Entrance Exams, skills and curriculum renewal: the Parma experience

11:45   Anne Katrine Bergby - Digitale opptaksprøver anno 2017 – hva kan vi lære av historien?

12:15    Lunch

13:15    Hilde S. Blix - Erfaringer med opptaksprøvene i gehør og teori – studentperspektiver

13:45   Christian Primberg- Musikklinjene i videregående skole – sett fra Tromsø

14:15   Coffee

14:45   Maria Medby Tollefsen, Esa Lilja, Laura Gorbe-Ferrer - Entrance exams for higher music education: A cross-institutional development project in four stages

15:15    Common debate - Moderated by Esa/Maria

16:15   End    

ca. 19:00         Conference dinner, details TBA

Friday 24.2.2023

09:45  Opening words - Esa Lilja

9:45  Grete Vargeid - Flerstemte Prima Vista-øvelser

10:15   Inge Bjarke - Intervaller - fænomen og læring

10:45   Coffee

11:15    Mari Skogly -“What´s in it for me?” Gehør/Hørelære - Relevans for studentenes praksis

11:45   Maura Capuzzo - Why music theory is essential in higher music education?

12:15    Lunch

13:15    Laura Gorbe-Ferrer - “Ear training” at the entrance exams in Spain: Description of the content and skills implicitly addressed

13:45   Esa Lilja - Music theory as a regulative system: A case of harmony analysis in entrance exams

14:15   Coffee

14:45   General discussion

15:45   Closing words

16:00  End of the conference

Conference dinner

Conference dinner takes place on Thursday evening at own cost (venue TBA).

More information

Esa Lilja
Tel. +47 482 16 493

Links to entrance exams in various institutions

Faculty of Performing Arts

Artistic Research