Norges musikkhøgskole Norwegian Academy of Music
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Aur­al train­ing II

Course description

Aural Training is predominantly a practical course which requires the student to take an active part in the lessons and to work independently. During the course the student should further develop the skills acquired in Aural Training I. Emphasis on the different topics will vary depending on the student’s principal instrument and study programme.

The course is based on Aural Training I (GEHØR10).

Learning objectives

On completion of this course, the student is expected to

  • be able to transfer skills acquired on the aural training course to their music practice
  • demonstrate advanced listening skills to identify, remember and reproduce (sing/play/describe/write) both details and larger structures in a musical sequence
  • be able to read, learn, memorise and reproduce (sing/play) a complex musical score independently, rapidly and accurately
  • master different aural strategies in order to solve musical challenges


The course is a continuation of Aural Training I but with greater emphasis on learning materials and activities relevant to the students’ respective study programmes or instrument groups. The learning materials comprise music from different periods and genres as well as practical exercises. The students may be asked to use their own instruments during the course.

Detailed course contents can be found in the semester schedule.


Tuition takes place in groups. Lectures, discussions and study groups may also be used. The groups are formed according to study programme and instrument group. The make-up will have an impact on the topics covered on the course in terms of content, repertoire and working methods.

The tuition will be co-ordinated with other courses on the study programme wherever possible.

Students with a non-attendance rate of more than 20 per cent will lose their right to actively participate in the course and to ongoing assessment and supervision.

For a summary of indicative workload and structure, please see the “Structure” section of the relevant programme of study.

Students who choose assessment option 1 are automatically registered for tuition/supervision and assessment in the subject in line with the progression set out in the individual education plan. Students who choose assessment option 2 must register for the exam by 1 February.

Course requirements

The student must submit ten short written assignments. This number may be reduced if the course tutor wishes to set fewer but longer assignments.

Deadline: All course requirements must have been met by 15 April in the second semester of the course.

Final assessment

All course requirements must be met before the student can be given a final assessment.

The assessment is based on the learning objectives for the course. The course is assessed on a pass or fail basis according to one of the following options. The student must choose one assessment option at the start of the academic year.

Option 1 (standard option)

Students who choose option 1 commit themselves to attending at least 80 per cent of the course. The final assessment is made by the course tutor on the basis of an individual evaluation of the student’s level of attainment.

Option 2

The final assessment is made on the basis of a practical/oral exam. The exam will involve working independently to learn a piece, perform auditory analysis, make aural reflections or similar. The candidate should then present their work as part of the exam, which will also comprise prepared and unprepared assignments. The student’s ability to actively apply the contents of the course will be given considerable weight in the final assessment. The assessment is carried out by least two internal examiners

Duration: 20 minutes of study and 20 minutes of individual examination.

Any student who wishes to use option 2 must email before 1 February in the second semester of the course.

New assessment

In the event of a fail, the student must complete a practical exam as described under Option 2 above.

Vedtatt i studieutvalget 10.09.2021, sak 3/21, med virkning f.o.m. høsten 2021.

Study component

Published: Apr 3, 2020 — Last updated: Sep 23, 2021