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Prac­tic­al Ana­lys­is

  • Year of study: One semester, spring. Fridays 14:00–16:00.
  • Final assessment: Assessment by course coordinator.
  • Language of instruction: Norwegian/English.

Course description

This subject focuses on channelling the students' knowledge of arrangement, harmonic theory and form analysis into a tool for analysing musical pieces that they are working with at the moment.

Responsible department: Piano, Accompaniment, Guitar and Accordion Department.

Course instructor: Einar Henning Smebye.

Learning objectives

On completion of the course, the student is expected to:

  • Be able to work independently and analytically with their own repertoire.
  • Be able to put their fundamental knowledge of music theory to use in interpretation.
  • Understand that analysis cannot give definite answers, but can rather encourage imaginative and creative interpretations.


Working with this subject will give students a deeper understanding of the music they are playing, and give them more authority and confidence when performing.

Students will analyse pieces from their own main instrument repertoire and present the analysis in class. Afterwards, fellow students may pose questions to the student presenting.


The subject is taught in groups, one hour a week for one semester.

Course requirements

  1. Attendance is compulsory. More than 20 % absence from class will normally cause the student to fail the subject.
  2. The student must do at least two presentations of pieces in the course of the semester.

Final assessment

Student assessment is based on the learning objectives. The final assessment will be given as a pass/fail mark, which will be determined by the course instructor based on each student’s level of achievement throughout the course period.

New assessment

In the case of re-assessment, the same procedures apply.

Study component

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