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Applied Gui­tar for Clas­sic­al Gui­tar­ists

  • Year of study: Two semesters, fall and spring.
  • Final assessment: Assessment from the course instructor or practical exam.
  • Language of instruction: Norwegian or English.

Course description

The course includes expanded figure bass playing and improvisation on the instrument.

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

Course instructor: Geir-Otto Nilsson.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course students are expected to

  • have knowledge and skills in various styles, and a harmonical and musical understanding of these


  • The structure and functions of chords
  • Analysis of key works/pieces from the guitar literature
  • Arrangements of jazz/songs/pop (solo guitar and accompaniment)
  • Improvisation
  • Transcription/arranging


The course is taught individually and/or in groups of 2-4 students. Content and work methods are adapted to the student's level. Tuition is given within the time frame of 22,5 minutes per student per week for 24 weeks.

Course requirements

At the end of the academic year the students must present a curriculum/repertoire list of at least 30 minutes which includes all areas covered in the course.

Deadline: The curriculum/repertoire list must be approved by the course instructor by 1 May in the second semester of the course.

Final assessment

All course requirements must be approved prior to obtaining final assessment.

Assessment is based on learning objectives. Final assessment is given as a pass/fail mark, and is determined in one of two alternative ways:

Alternative 1 (normal)

Students choosing alternative 1 commit to following at least 80 % of the tuition in the course. Students will also perform at least one internal concert per semester. The final assessment is set by the course instructor based on each student’s level of achievement throughout the course period.

Alternative 2

The final assessment is set on the basis of a practical examination with at least two internal examiners, where the student performs a self-chosen program of approx. 15 minutes. The student will also be tested in simple transposition by ear and prima vista play by chords.

Students who choose Alternative 2 are responsible for making their choice known by sending an email to the Exams Office at by 1 February in the second semester of the course.

New assessment

Students who do not pass the course must complete a practical exam as described above in Alternative 2.

Study component

Published: Apr 3, 2020 — Last updated: Feb 1, 2021