443 BA Norwegian Folk Music, bachelor


The Bachelor’s programme in Norwegian Folk Music is a three-year course of studies. The first two years include an introduction and a specialisation within the field of Norwegian folk music. The third year is used to strengthen the profile of the Bachelor’s degree. The main aim of the third year of study is to develop students’ expertise on the basis of the two years of preceding study in the subject.

One may mention that the folk music programme maintains good contact with Nordic and other European folk music institutions, which provides an opportunity for students to study abroad for part of the third year of study.

Target Group and Admission Requirements

The Bachelor’s programme in Norwegian Folk Music is designed for people who are interested in performing and teaching Norwegian folk music. Admission to the study programme is based on general admission requirements or prior experiential learning accreditation.

Aim of the Programme

The Bachelor’s programme will provide students with an introduction to, and specialisation in, Norwegian folk music.

The practicing, creative and mediating aspects are stressed, particularly during the second and third years. Students choose a main instrument which they will work with for the whole of the three-year study programme. In the third year, the students may choose a subject area that will strengthen the profile of their studies, either through practical or theoretical study.

Further Education opportunities

The Bachelor’s programme in Norwegian Folk Music may form a basis for admission to the MA programme, Norwegian Traditional Arts or other Master’s programmes.

Curriculum and structure

Course plan
Code Course title Credits O/V *) Credits pr. semester
  S1(A) S2(V) S3(A) S4(V) S5(A) S6(V)
Total: 30 30 30 30 30 30
*) O - Mandatory course, V - Optional course

The Bachelor’s programme in Norwegian Folk Music comprises Norwegian Folk Music I, II and III.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The study methods include lectures, individual lessons (main instrument), group lessons, seminars, excursions, home assignments and project work. Other possible methods may include concert activities, arranging folk festivals, and teaching practice.

Theory and Practical Training

The intention of training periods is to provide students with practical experience in mediating folk music to others, either in connection with archive work, performing or mediating and teaching folk music. The study programme is dependent on both the dissemination of folk music and the relevant theory.

Assessment Methods

The assessment methods include written examinations and verbally presenting practical (performances) or theoretical topics. In addition, students will individually submit project assignments and reports. Some of the programme requirements will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis while others will receive letter grades. (Please refer to the curricula of the following study programmes: Norwegian Folk Music I and Norwegian Folk Music II).

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Frode Evenstad <Frode.EvenstadSPAMFILTER@hit.no>, last modified Ian Hector Harkness - 21/07/2009