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 Choral 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 Education, BA requires 136 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.
  • 39 of 136 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.
  • All double counting of classes must be approved through the CAHS Academic Advising Office.
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
Area I: Freshman Composition3-6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
ACCELERATED COLLEGE WRITING
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*12
Fine Arts3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature3-6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities and Fine Arts3-6
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences11-12
Mathematics3-4
NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences (Lab)8
SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL, ORGANIC, BIOCHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
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
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*12
History3-6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences6-9
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
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

* Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). 

Degree Requirements:
 
Requirements for Choral Music Education Students
General Education Requirements for Choral and Instrumental Music Education
College General Education Requirements as stated above38
Music Core
200-Level Studio Instruction (4 x 1.5) (MUA 2_1)6
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)3
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 Hours137

Requirements for Instrumental Music Education Students

General Education Requirements for Vocal and Instrumental Music Education
College General Education Requirements as stated above38
Music Core
200-Level Studio Instruction (4 x 1.5) (MUA 2_1)6
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)2
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 Hours135