Notodden - Full time
- Progression of study: Full time
- Campus: Notodden
- Teaching model: Campus
- Charge: No tuition. A fee to cover material costs will apply.
- Study level: Exchange programmes, bachelor level
- Credits: 60
- Closing dates: Expired
- Start up: Autumn 2021
- Teaching Language: English, Norwegian
- Semesters: 2
Classes and gatherings fall 2021
Information about class meetings for autumn 2021 will be published.
Why the Blues?
This program is a rare opportunity for musicians who play in a band, write songs, or work with studio or music production to explore the musical and cultural universe of blues music with other musicians. The program starts at the Notodden Blues Festival, where you will meet your fellow students and be introduced to the blues!
Throughout the program you will receive guidance from a team of teachers from Little Steven’s Blues School, and Norwegian blues artists Knut Reiersrud and Amund Maarud will hold master classes in the fall and spring semesters.
As part of the program, you will perform concerts at many local clubs and venues.
What will you learn in the Blues Program?
Starting in August, and over the course of two semesters, you will immerse yourself in the styles and traditions of blues music. You will build up a valuable understanding of the significance blues music has had for the development of contemporary popular music and the position it has in contemporary society.
What the students will be left with after the program is competence in one of the most fundamental music genres that permeates all music.
Amund Maarud, master class lecturer in the blues program.
Collective music-making is central to the blues program. Together with your fellow students, you will develop skills on your main instrument, and you will also develop as a band member, through ensemble work in groups.
While you are learning about various traditions and styles as a performer, you also will have the opportunity to find and strengthen your personal voice, and to cultivate your own musical interests. Another important component of the program is to write and record your own, and others’, music by working with studio recording. We are proud to have access to Juke Joint Studio, located in Notodden’s Bok & Blueshuset, which has many components from the legendary STAX studio in Memphis (1960-1980)!
In addition, you will write an individual or group assignment, in which you will strengthen your own knowledge and understanding of the historical and societal function of blues music in popular and contemporary culture, using relevant research questions.
In the topic of bluegrass, we acquire an understanding of the bluegrass tradition through listening, imitation, interpretation and historical in-depth study. We use the main instrument and voice to get in-depth on how grooves and harmonics progress through a set of reference songs. There will be room for creativity and personality in how to solve the various musical tasks throughout the year, while it is important that one can put the music into a historical perspective and recognize key elements and artists. Acquiring a basic bluegrass expertise will give you the keys to solving musical challenges far beyond this genre.
A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of subject plans that describes the different subjects. In the subject plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which subjects that are taught each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each subject plan.Latest published study plan for blues
Admission requirementsGeneral requirements for exchange programmes: The programme is open to international exchange students studying at one of USN's bilateral partner institutions. Exchange students must have completed at least 60 ECTS or equivalent within the relevant study field, and be officially nominated by their home institution, to enroll. Admission to the programme requires a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. An English proficiency equivalent to B2 (Cambridge) level is recommended.
In adission to general qualification requirements you need to be able to handle your instrument at an satisfactory level.