MUS4831 – Sound analysis

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Course content

This is an advanced, but broadly based course within the field of sound, sound perception and associated technology designed to enable students to carry out research projects within music analysis, music cognition, music technology, popular music research, music and media, and other fields where knowledge of sound, perception of sound, and available research tools are an essential premise. The course requires previous knowledge corresponding to MUS2801 and MUS2821, and the curriculum will include recent theory, methodology, and technology for research on musical sound.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student will:

  • be familiar with theories and methodologies within the field of advanced research into musical sound
  • have developed practical skills in using recent technology and software for advanced research into musical sound
  • be able to work independently on research projects on musical sound within various genres and styles


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master’s degree programme in musicology or other master’s degree programmes at the University of Oslo. The course course requires previous knowledge corresponding to MUS2801 and MUS2821


The course consists of 12 double class periods, of which 8 are lectures and 4 are laboratory exercises and project presentations. One obligatory seminar presentation and four lab exercises must be approved by the course instructor in order for a student to sit the exam.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Term paper (15 pages, each consisting og approx. 2.300 characters, spaces not included), to be handed in by a specified date at the end of the semester. Title and topic are subject to the approval of the course convenor. 

The assessment criteria for MUS4831 can be found here.

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

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 submit your assignment in English.

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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Facts about this course






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