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Aur­al train­ing II

Course description

  • Year of study: Year 2, over two semesters
  • Final assessment: Practical/oral exam / Assessment by course tutor
  • Prerequisites: Admission to one of the study programmes in which the course is included
  • Language of instruction: Norwegian or English

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 students are usually split into groups according to their level of skill/audition results. Their chosen study programme and genre may also be taken into account where appropriate.

Students with an attendance figure of more than 80% can have the course passed if the course tutor considers the learning objectives to have been achieved (see Final assessment - option 2). Attendance is therefore registered even if there is no compulsory attendance in the course. The course tutor facilitates assessment situations during classes.

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

Course requirements

The student must do 4 medium-sized assignments related to the course's progression. Deadlines for submission are specified in the annual plan for the course.

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 approved prior to obtaining a final assessment.

Assessment is based on learning objectives. The final assessment is given as a pass/fail mark, which is determined by the course instructor based on one of the two options below. More information under Structure above.

Option 1 (standard option)

The final assessment is made on the basis of a practical/oral exam lasting approx. 20 minutes and comprising prepared and unprepared exercises. The student’s ability to actively apply the course content will be given considerable weight. The assessment is carried out by at least two internal examiners.

Option 2

Students who as of 15 April in the second semester of the course have had at least 80% attendance in the course and have actively participated in classes, can be assessed by the course tutor instead of the practical/oral exam. The course tutor then makes an individual assessment of the student's academic level through the work with the course. Assessment is given continuously until the end of the course, and the requirement for attendance thus also applies after 15 April. The subject teacher decides whether the individual student can be assessed according to this scheme.

New assessment

In the event of a fail, the student must sit a practical exam as described under Option 1 above.

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

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Published: Apr 3, 2020 — Last updated: Dec 8, 2021