Master Programme in Music Performance

The Master programme at the Department of Music and Dance, University of Stavanger, is strongly emphasising the performing aspect in the student. All subjects are ment to build the music student as a performer and a reflected artist in his own field. The programme is fit for both classical, jazz/impro and conducting students.

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Master in Music Performance - study plan
Fourth semester (spring) Main instrument II (compulsory)
In-depth instrumental/vocal major
20 sp
Specialisation II
(performing elective) 1 activity
10 sp
Third semester (autumn) Master project
(independent performing work, defined/ delimited focus within in-depth instrumental/vocal major)
30 sp
Second semester (spring) In-depth instrumental/ vocal major
Main instrument I (compulsory)
20 sp

Reflection on musical practice
(theoretical elective)
10 sp

Supportive theoretical subjects
(theoretical elective)
10 sp
Specialisation I
(e.g. ensemble / chamber music, lied, opera, big band/ jazz ensemble or chamber orchestra, repertory emphasis etc.)
(performing elective) 2 activities
20 sp
First semester (autumn)

This is the main structure of our Master Programme in Music Performance (120 ECTS).
(Due to minor changes.)


A main teacher will be appointed to each student, who will be in charge of the weekly/scheduled teaching (students are free to take lessons from other teachers sporadically, but should clarify this with their main teacher first).

Individual teaching
Weekly classes/in-depth teaching, main instrument.

Accompaniment (for orchestra instruments and singers)
Weekly (individual instruction of main instrument and accompaniment may be combined as necessary).

Seminar/interpretation in the instrument group
Weekly (except for master class weeks).

Ensemble playing
Will be organised in collaboration with main instrument teacher.

Compulsory communal class for all students at least once a month. The various main teachers organise the masterclass instructions between them, either by each one taking responsibility for each seminar, or by having more people take part in the same.

Concert praxis
Planning will take place in collaboration with the University's concert coordinator, where the individual student sets the time for the concerts as agreed with their main teacher and concert coordinator. The student will be required to collect the necessary information for press releases and concert programs. Students can also arrange their own concerts, and house concerts can make suitable forums for gaining experience.

Concert attendance
Students should attend as many as possible of the concerts by professional musicians in the region, including festivals and other intensive events.

Repertoire knowledge
Organised teaching in repertoire knowledge, studies of scores, and work on various recordings and supplementary literature as agreed. Students may also be asked to play certain more recent pieces as part of their repertoire.