MUS4320 – Music Psychology

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Course content

This is an advanced but broadly based course focusing on musical experiences in different contexts, containing elements of music perception, music and emotions, music and motion, as well as music in different social contexts. The course will give the students an overview of relevant research within these fields, and also enable them to plan and carry out a variety of research projects related to the experience of music.

Learning outcome

On successful completion of the course, the students will:

  • have an overview of recent research on musical perception
  • be familiar with the way in which elements of music theory such as the perception of timbre and pitch, rhythm, texture, tonality, modality, and harmony are based in music psychology
  • be familiar with the way in which the interplay between sound, motion and visual perception contributes to musical experiences
  • be familiar with the connection between music, motion, and emotion



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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master's programme in musicology at the University of Oslo


The teaching consists of 12 double class periods, of which 8 are lectures and 4 are project presentations. One obligatory seminar presentation must be approved by the course tutor in order for a student to take the final exam.


Final term paper (15 pages, approx. 34500 characters, spaces not included) to be handed in by a specified deadline at the end of the semester. Title and topic are to be agreed between each student and the instructor.

The assessment criteria for MUS4320 can be found here.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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