Main curriculum

(* Accessible through Canvas )


  • *Music Moves - a free online course (MOOC) from the University of Oslo. (Also available on YouTube)


  • Jensenius, Zeiner-Henriksen, and Nymoen (2017).  Music Moves. The Book based on the MOOC. ( available on Leanpub).
  • *Dahl et al. (2010). Gesture in Performance? In R. I. Godøy & M. Leman (Eds.), Musical gestures: Sound, movement, and meaning (pp. 36–68): Routhledge.
  • Haugen, M. R. (2016): Music-Dance. Investigating Rhythm Structures in Brazilian Samba and Norwegian Telespringar Performance. Ph.D. thesis, University of Oslo. Chapter 2 , chapter 3, and bibliography.
  • *Godøy, R. I. (2010). Gestural Affordances of Musical Sound? In R. I. Godøy & M. Leman (Eds.), Musical gestures: Sound, movement, and meaning (pp. 103–125), Routhledge.

  • *Jensenius et al. (2010). Musical Gestures. Concepts and Methods in Research? In R. I. Godøy & M. Leman (Eds.), Musical gestures: Sound, movement, and meaning (pp. 12–35): Routhledge.

  • Jensenius, A. R. (2018). Methods for studying music-related body motion. In R. Bader (Ed.), Handbook of Systematic Musicology (pp. 567–580). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
  • Nymoen., Haugen, and Jensenius (2015). Mumyo–Evaluating and Exploring the MYO Armband for Musical Interaction. In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces For Musical Expression, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, 31 May–3 June 2015; pp. 1–4.

Optional reading

  • Aksnes, Hallgjerd (2002): Perspectives of Musical Meaning. A Study Based on Selected Works by Geirr Tveitt. Chapter. 8. PDF
  • Aksnes, H.  (2002). Music and its Resonating Body. Dansk Årbog for Musikforskning 2001, vol. XXIX, 2002, pp. 81-101. 
  • Burger, B. & Toiviainen, P. (2013). MoCap Toolbox – A Matlab toolbox for computational analysis of movement data. In R. Bresin (Ed.), Proceedings of the 10th Sound and Music Computing Conference, (SMC). Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology PDF
  • Clayton, Martin (2012) 'What is entrainment? Definition and applications in musical research.', Empirical musicology review., 7 (1-2). pp. 49-56.  PDF
  • Engelsrud, Gunn: Hva er kropp, 2006. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. ISBN: 978-82-15-00785-4, h., 82-15-00785-6, h. 154 s.
  • Gambetta, C. L. (2005). Conducting Outside the Box: Creating a Fresh Approach to Conducting Gesture Through the Principles of Laban Movement Analysis. PhD thesis, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC. PDF
  • Godøy, Rolf Inge (2009): Geometry and Effort in Gestural Renderings of Musical Sound. I M. Sales Dias et al. (Eds.): GW 2007, LNAI 5085, pp. 205–215, 2009. PDF
  • Godøy and Leman: Musical Gestures: Sound, Movement, and Meaning, 2010. Routledge. 
  • Gritten, Anthony og King, Elaine (red.): Music and Gesture, 2006. Aldershot: Ashgate. ISBN: 0-7546-5298-x, ib. 232 s.
  • Haugen, Mari Romarheim Haugen (2016): Music–Dance. Investigating Rhythm Structures in Brazilian Samba and Norwegian Telespringar Performance. (Ph.D. thesis ), University of Oslo, Oslo.
  • Jensenius, Alexander Refsum: Musikk og bevegelse, 2009. Unipub. ISBN: 9788274773691. 156 sider. (fri elektronisk versjon).
  • Jensenius, Alexander Refsum. Action–sound: developing methods and tools to study music-related body movement, 2007. Ph.D. thesis, University of Oslo.
  • Larson, S. (2012). Musical forces : motion, metaphor, and meaning in music. Bloomington, Ind: Indiana University Press.

  • Leman, Marc: Embodied music cognition and mediation technology , 2008. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0-262-12293-1, ib. 296 s.
  • Mazzola, G. (2011). Musical Performance - A Comprehensive Approach: Theory, Analytical Tools, and Case Studies (elektronisk )
  • Nymoen, Kristian (2013): Methods and Technologies for Analysing Links Between Musical Sound and Body Motion. Kapittel 3-4
  • Nymoen, Kristian, Skogstad, Ståle A., Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2011): "SoundSaber - A Motion Capture Instrument" i Proceedings of the Interational Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, s. 312-315. PDF
  • Wilson, M. a. K., Günther (2005). The Case for Motor Involvement in Perceiving Conspecifics. Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 131(3), 13.

  • Zeiner-Henriksen, Hans T. (2009): The "PoumTchak" Pattern: Correspondences Between Rhythm, Sound, and Movement in Electronic Dance Music!. PhD thesis, The University of Oslo (elektronisk )

Relevant web material

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