Specialized Subject I for Composers

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The aim of the course unit is for the student to develop an independent artistic form of expression at a high level, as well as developing his/her ability to specialize through both theoretical and practical work.

The student will produce one larger and a minimum of two smaller works to be performed by students at the Grieg Academy or by other musicians. The length and complexity of the work(s) must be agreed upon with the composition tutor. The student will also examine relevant issues, works and techniques in relation to his or her compositional work. The student is also required, when possible, to participate actively in the rehearsals.

The student will give an oral presentation addressing the work he/she has done for the module. The topic for the presentation may be the student's own works and the compositional process, relevant literature and studies, techniques used etc.

Learning Outcomes

The student should be able to:

  • Display a strong ability for artistic expression and a developing personal musical language through the work
  • Display independence and clear goals when working with his or her compositions
  • Realize and convey his/her own musical intentions at a high level
  • Critically assess his/her own artistic choices and solutions in relation to relevant musical styles and traditions

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Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Master's Programme in Music Performance or Composition
Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching
Individual tuition is given by a composition tutor
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
All tuition is compulsory. The student will normally loose the right to take the final course unit exam if he/she has an absence exceeding 20%. Approved compulsory requirements are valid for two semesters after the ordinarily scheduled exam semester.
Forms of Assessment

Oral presentation of approx. 30 minutes. This presentation should contextualize the compositional work written the first year, including accompanying analytical, aesthetic and philosophical issues.

Assessment is carried out by at least two lecturers, of whom one normally is the student¿s individual composition tutor.

Grading Scale
Pass or fail
Course Evaluation
Evaluation is carried out regularly as a dialogue between the assigned individual composition tutor and the student
Programme Committee
The programme board is responsible for the academic content, development and quality of the programme.
Course Administrator
Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design has the administrative responsibilities for the Programme.