Main Instrument II - Jazz (MUM3502J)

The course is part of the main area of the study programme. 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.

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 academic and programme management.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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Semester tution start


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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.

The course is largely based on individual supervision and interaction.

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
Music performance - concert 1/1 60 Minutes Passed / Not Passed

The exam consists of a performing concert. One grade is set to describe the overall assessment of the concert's various components.The exam consists of a performing final concert of up to 60 minutes.

Coursework requirements

100% compulsory attendance for teaching and compulsory participation in projects and concerts, the Master Forums included. In order to be able to attend 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.

Reflection text must be submitted in Canvas within the announced deadline. Together with MUM3501, the reviewed repertoire should reflect the level, depth and difficulty required at a master's level.

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 projects with active participation, etc.).

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Simen Kiil Halvorsen

Course coordinator:

Thomas Eide Torstrup

Study Adviser:

Lena Crosby Haug

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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