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Instru­ment Her­it­age I/II

  • Year of study: Two semesters, fall and spring.
  • Final assessment: Assessment from the course instructor.
  • Prerequisites: The 20-variant is a prerequisite for the 21-variant
  • Language of instruction: Norwegian or English.

Course description

Tuition on a historical variant of the student's principal instrument, an instrument closely related to the principal instrument, or a genre variant of the principal instrument. Examples of related instruments are violin/baroque violin, trombone/euphonium or classical guitar/jazz guitar. Students in composition programmes can choose their main instrument as Related instrument.

Only one related instrument can be chosen per year, and the same related instrument can be chosen for a maximum of two years.

The applicants must state which related instrument they wish to learn in answer to the e-mail which will be sent after the application deadline.

Note: the response deadline to the e-mail will be very short, so the applicants must check their NMH e-mail regularly.

Students choosing the interpretation courses "Interpretation practice in early music" will be prioritized for a relevant Related instrument.

Course coordinator:

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to

  • have an understanding of the instrument's characteristics
  • master the instrument's playing/singing techniques
  • have knowledge of relevant repertoire and performance practice


The course provides an opportunity to supplement their principal instrument instruction with a related instrument, a historical instruments, or a genre variant on their principal instrument.


Tuition is mainly individual, 22,5 minutes a week for 24 weeks. Certain related instruments require that the students can provide an instrument themselves.

Course requirements

At the end of the academic year, the student must present a repertoire list of at least 30 minutes duration. The list must be approved by the course teacher.

Final assessment

All coursework requirements must be approved for the student to obtain a final assessment.

Students are assessed in correspondence to the learning objectives of the course. The final assessment is expressed with the grades pass/fail, and set in one of two alternative ways:

  • Alternative 1: At the beginning of the academic year the student can commit him-/herself to follow at least 80% of the tuition in the course. In such cases, the requirement of an examination (alt. 2) will no longer apply, and the final assessment is set by the course teacher on the basis of an individual assessment of the student's skills throughout the course period.
  • Alternative 2: Final assessment is set on the basis of a practical exam with at least two internal examiners, where the student performs a self-chosen program of approx. 20 minutes.

New assessment

Students failing the course must complete a practical exam as described in Alternative 2 above.

Examples of Related instrument:

  • Alto saxophone
  • Baroque bassoon
  • Baroque flute
  • Baroque guitar
  • Baroque oboe
  • Baroque trombone
  • Baroque trumpet
  • Baritone saxophone
  • Recorder
  • Viola for violinists
  • Bass clarinet
  • Harpsichord
  • Electric violin
  • El-guitar for classical guitarists – jazz/rock
  • El-guitar for classical guitarists – modern music
  • Cor anglais
  • Eb Clarinet
  • Euphonium
  • Violin for viola players
  • Flute for jazz saxophonists
  • Fortepiano
  • Historical organ
  • Clarinet for jazz saxophonists
  • Classical bassoon
  • Classical guitar for jazz guitarists
  • Classical clarinets
  • Contrabassoon
  • Lute for guitarists
  • Natural horn
  • Organ
  • Piccolo
  • Romantic guitar for guitarists
  • Soprano saxophone
  • Jazz piano for classical pianists
  • Willow flute

Published: May 19, 2020 — Last updated: Apr 4, 2022