The Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Music Education includes 38 semester hours of General Education Requirements, the 40 semester hour Music Core, an additional 21 semester hours of music and professional music education coursework, and 37 semester hours of courses within the Department of Education, for a total of 136 semester hours. The course of study integrates music and professional education courses to develop a superior music teacher, certified to teach at all levels P-12 (Class B Professional Teacher’s Certificate) with emphasis in either vocal or instrumental music. Students must demonstrate throughout their course of study competencies in both performance and teaching. Because of the demands of this program, there is little opportunity to elect courses other than those required and outlined below.

General Education Requirements for Vocal and Instrumental Music Education

The General Education Requirements for the Music Education Emphasis are different from the General Education Requirements for other music emphases. The Music Education Emphasis leads to meeting the requirements for earning an Alabama Class B Professional Teacher's Certificate.

  • Music, BA requires 120 credit hours.
  • No minor is required.
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA in major and overall.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of HPE may count in degree requirements.
  • 36 of 120 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher.
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • No more than 60 credit hours from a two-year school can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
     
Degree Requirements:
Freshman Composition6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING II
Humanities and Fine Arts12
12 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts chosen from the following categories below
Fine Arts3
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature: Choose one or two3-6
Students must have a two course sequence in either Literature or History.
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities and Fine Arts: Choose one or two3-6
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Any WLC 100 or 200 level 1
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Mathematics and Natural Sciences11
Mathematics: Choose one3
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences: Choose any two8
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
History and Social and Behavioral Sciences
12 hours of History and Social and Behavioral Sciences chosen from the following categories below
History: Choose one or two3-6
Students must have a two course sequence in either Literature or History.
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose two or three6-9
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
 

Requirements for Vocal Music Education Students

General Education Requirements for Vocal and Instrumental Music Education
College General Education Requirements38
Music Core 1
200-Level Studio Instruction (4 x 1.5) (MUA 2_1)4
400-Level Studio Instruction (MUA 4_1)1.5
MUA 498SENIOR RECITAL1.5
MUX 3XXEnsembles 27
MU 100INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE3
MU 106INTRO TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY1
MU 201MUSIC THEORY I3
MU 202MUSIC THEORY II3
MU 301THEORY OF MUSIC III3
MU 203MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS I1
MU 204MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS II1
MU 303MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS III1
MU 311HISTORY OF MUSIC I3
MU 312HISTORY OF MUSIC II3
MU 325CONDUCTING2
MU 199MUSIC FORUM (0 semester hour x 7 sem.)0
Additional Music Education Emphasis Courses
Secondary Instrument:
MUA 131STUDIO INSTR-PIANO (3 x 1)1
MUA 141STUDIO INSTR-GUITAR1
or MUA 151 STUDIO INSTR-STRINGS
MU 322DICTION FOR SINGERS2
MUE 321CHORAL/INSTRUMENTAL DIR OBSERV1
MU 302MUSICAL MATLS OF MODERN ERA3
MU 401FORM AND ANALYSIS2
MU 416ORCHESTRATION2
MU 425ADVANCED CONDUCTING2
MUE 328TEACHING GENERAL MUSIC3
MUE 428VOCAL/CHORAL METH SEC SCH3
Piano Proficiency Exam
Education
ED 301INTRO TO EDUCATION PRACTICUM1
ED 308EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
ED 307MULTICULTURAL FND EDUCATION3
ED 309CLASSROOM & BEHAVIOR MGMT3
EDC 301TCHG THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD3
EDC 311INSTR STRATEGIES INCLUSIVE CLR3
ED 408TCHG READING/CONTENT AREA3
ED 350TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM3
ED 410FOUNDATIONS EDUC EVALUAT3
ED 499P-12 INTERNSHIP (Music)12
Total Semester Hours133
1

The Music Core consists of a common 40 semester hours of music courses that are included in every Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. This part of the curriculum includes private lessons, ensembles, and courses in music history and literature, music theory, conducting, and music technology. See the course lists below for specifics.

2

At least half must be large conducted ensembles and at least one semester hour must be chamber ensembles.

Requirements for Instrumental Music Education Students

General Education Requirements for Vocal and Instrumental Music Education
College General Education Requirements38
Music Core 1
200-Level Studio Instruction (4 x 1.5) (MUA 2_1)4
400-Level Studio Instruction (MUA 4_1)1.5
MUA 498SENIOR RECITAL1.5
MUX 3XXEnsembles 27
MU 100INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE3
MU 106INTRO TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY1
MU 201MUSIC THEORY I3
MU 202MUSIC THEORY II3
MU 301THEORY OF MUSIC III3
MU 203MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS I1
MU 204MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS II1
MU 303MUSICIANSHIP SKILLS III1
MU 311HISTORY OF MUSIC I3
MU 312HISTORY OF MUSIC II3
MU 325CONDUCTING2
MU 199MUSIC FORUM (0 semester hour x 7 sem.)0
Additional Music Education Emphasis Courses
Secondary Instrument:
MUA 161STUDIO INSTR-WOODWINDS (2x1)1
or MUA 171 STUDIO INSTR-BRASS
MUA 141STUDIO INSTR-GUITAR1
or MUA 151 STUDIO INSTR-STRINGS
MUA 181STUDIO INSTR-PERCUSSION1
MUE 321CHORAL/INSTRUMENTAL DIR OBSERV1
MU 302MUSICAL MATLS OF MODERN ERA3
MU 401FORM AND ANALYSIS2
MU 416ORCHESTRATION2
MU 425ADVANCED CONDUCTING2
MUE 328TEACHING GENERAL MUSIC3
MUE 429ORG & DIR INSTRU GRP SEC SCH3
Piano Proficiency Exam
Education
ED 301INTRO TO EDUCATION PRACTICUM1
ED 307MULTICULTURAL FND EDUCATION3
ED 308EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
ED 309CLASSROOM & BEHAVIOR MGMT3
EDC 301TCHG THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD3
EDC 311INSTR STRATEGIES INCLUSIVE CLR3
ED 350TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM3
ED 408TCHG READING/CONTENT AREA3
ED 410FOUNDATIONS EDUC EVALUAT3
ED 499P-12 INTERNSHIP (Music)12
Total Semester Hours132
1

The Music Core consists of a common 40 semester hours of music courses that are included in every Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. This part of the curriculum includes private lessons, ensembles, and courses in music history and literature, music theory, conducting, and music technology. See the course lists below for specifics.

2

At least half must be large conducted ensembles and at least one semester hour must be chamber ensembles.