School of Music

The School of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and all of its programs and policies are in accordance with NASM requirements. The School offers the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) with concentrations in composition, performance, choral conducting, and wind conducting. Secondary concentrations may be earned in conjunction with any of the DMA concentrations. Descriptions of these curricula may be found in the Graduate Handbook of the School of Music. The Master of Music (MM) degree is offered with concentrations in performance, composition, musicology, theory, choral conducting, wind conducting, and church music. Program outlines are available from the School upon request.

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Programs

The College of Education offers the MA, the EdS, the EdD, and the PhD in Secondary Education (Music Education emphasis). Information concerning these degrees will be found in this catalog in the College of Education section.

Faculty

Director
  • Charles G. Snead
Professor
  • Charles G. Snead
Director of Graduate Studies
  • Jonathan S. Noffsinger
Associate professor
  • Jonathan S. Noffsinger
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
  • Jacob W. Adams
Assistant professor
  • Jacob W. Adams

Courses

MUA
501
Hours
0.5-1
Secondary Applied Study

Private instruction.

MUA
527
Hours
1
Horn Choir

Applied ensemble for horn students at the graduate level.

MUA
528
Hours
1
Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble

Small applied ensembles at the graduate level.

MUA
550
Hours
1
Huxford Symphony Orchestra

Applied ensemble at the graduate level.

MUA
551
Hours
1
Brass Choir

Applied ensemble for brass musicians. Permission of instructor is required.

MUA
552
Hours
1
Wind Ensemble

Applied Ensemble at the graduate level.

MUA
555
Hours
1
Trombone Choir

Applied ensemble for trombone students at the graduate level.

MUA
556
Hours
1
Percussion Ensemble

Percussion ensemble at the graduate level.

MUA
557
Hours
0-1
Campus Band

Applied ensemble at the graduate level open to the entire campus community.

MUA
558
Hours
1
Contemporary Ensemble

Applied ensemble at the graduate level.

MUA
559
Hours
1
Jazz Ensembles

Applied ensemble in jazz for graduate students.

MUA
560
Hours
1
Opera Workshop

Applied ensemble at the graduate level.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MUA 561
MUA
561
Hours
1
Opera Production

This course will explore all aspects of opera production, including musical and staging rehearsals, technical elements and stage management and will culminate in a full length production.

MUA
562
Hours
1
University Chorus

Applied Ensemble at the Graduate level.

MUA
563
Hours
1
University Singers

Applied ensemble at the graduate level.

MUA
564
Hours
1
Alabama Chamber Choir

The Alabama Chamber Choir is a mixed choral ensemble primarily conducted by advanced University of Alabama undergraduate choral music education students. Chamber Choir will afford all choristers the opportunity to peruse a broad spectrum of choral ensemble music, most of which will be suitable for programming in a traditional public school choral music setting. While experiencing breadth of repertoire will be a key philosophical component of Chamber Choir, high quality choral performance will drive the methodology. In that regard, student directors, through collaboration with the instructor, will prepare and conduct one selection in an authentic performance setting.

MUA
567
Hours
1
Jazz Combo

No description available.

MUA
568
Hours
1
Women's Chorus

Applied Ensemble at the Graduate level.

MUA
569
Hours
1
Chamber Music

Small applied ensembles at the graduate level.

MUA
570
Hours
0.5-4
Harp (Majors)

No description available.

MUA
571
Hours
0.5-4
Piano

No description available.

MUA
572
Hours
0.5-4
Organ

No description available.

MUA
574
Hours
0.5-4
Voice

No description available.

MUA
575
Hours
0.5-4
Violin

No description available.

MUA
576
Hours
0.5-4
Viola

No description available.

MUA
577
Hours
0.5-4
Cello

No description available.

MUA
578
Hours
0.5-4
Double Bass

Double bass study at the graduate level for music majors.

MUA
579
Hours
0.5-4
Flute

No description available.

MUA
580
Hours
0.5-4
Oboe

No description available.

MUA
581
Hours
1-4
Bassoon

Applied Bassoon study for majors in the Masters of Music program.

MUA
582
Hours
0.5-4
Clarinet

No description available.

MUA
583
Hours
0.5-4
Saxophone

No description available.

MUA
584
Hours
0.5-4
Trumpet

No description available.

MUA
585
Hours
0.5-4
French Horn

No description available.

MUA
586
Hours
0.5-4
Trombone

No description available.

MUA
587
Hours
0.5-4
Euphonium

No description available.

MUA
588
Hours
0.5-4
Tuba

No description available.

MUA
589
Hours
0.5-4
Percussion

No description available.

MUA
592
Hours
1
Men's Chorus

Applied Ensemble at the Graduate level.

MUA
670
Hours
0.5-4
Harp (Majors)

No description available.

MUA
671
Hours
0.5-4
Piano

No description available.

MUA
672
Hours
0.5-4
Organ

No description available.

MUA
674
Hours
0.5-4
Voice

No description available.

MUA
675
Hours
0.5-4
Violin

No description available.

MUA
676
Hours
0.5-4
Viola

No description available.

MUA
677
Hours
0.5-4
Cello

No description available.

MUA
678
Hours
0.5-4
Double Bass

Double bass study at the graduate level.

MUA
679
Hours
0.5-4
Flute

No description available.

MUA
680
Hours
0.5-4
Oboe (Majors)

Applied oboe study at the Doctoral level.

MUA
681
Hours
0.5-4
Bassoon (Majors)

Applied bassoon study at the Doctoral level.

MUA
682
Hours
0.5-4
Clarinet

Applied clarinet study at the Doctoral Level.

MUA
683
Hours
0.5-4
Saxophone

No description available.

MUA
684
Hours
0.5-4
Trumpet

No description available.

MUA
685
Hours
0.5-4
Horn

No description available.

MUA
686
Hours
0.5-4
Trombone

No description available.

MUA
687
Hours
0.5-4
Euphonium

No description available.

MUA
688
Hours
0.5-4
Tuba

No description available.

MUA
689
Hours
0.5-4
Percussion

No description available.

MUS
501
Hours
3
Intro Grad Stdy In Mus

An introduction to the basic bibliographic tools and research techniques in music. Offered fall semester.

MUS
502
Hours
3
Film Scoring

A study of the art of scoring music for films. The course will examine aesthetics of film scoring and apply it in this course. Offered fall semester.

MUS
503
Hours
3
18th-Century Counterpoint II

The analysis and writing of fugue, variation, ground-bass, and canon.

MUS
504
Hours
3
Analysis of Tonal Music

Survey of recent analytical techniques for tonal repertoires with an emphasis on creating close readings of complete pieces.

MUS
505
Hours
3
Studio Tech Arrang Orchestrn

This course is an approach to arranging and orchestration in both jazz and commercial settings. The emphasis will be placed on writing for the studio orchestra, MIDI instrumentation, and vocal groups with a focus on the 4- to 6-piece group (jazz and commercial). Offered fall semester.

MUS
510
Hours
3
Advanced Arranging

Study of current techniques in arranging, including use of symmetrical scales and chords, pedal points, polytonality and planing techniques. Offered spring semester.

MUS
516
Hours
3
Special Topics in Music Theory

Advanced course in music theory; topics may vary according to instructor.

MUS
517
Hours
3
Special Topics in Music Composition

Advanced course in music composition; topics may vary according to instructor.

MUS
518
Hours
3
Schenkerian Analysis

Study of pitch structure in tonal compositions as revealed by Heinrich Schenker and his followers.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 504
MUS
519
Hours
3
Adv Composition I

Creation of large-scale musical compositions. Offered fall and spring semesters and on demand.

MUS
520
Hours
3
Adv Composition II

Creation of large-scale musical compositions. Offered fall and spring semesters and on demand.

MUS
525
Hours
3
Instrumentation

A survey of instrumental strengths, abilities, and weaknesses. Basic instrumentation and writing for all ensembles and orchestra. This course encourages work that overlaps with other programs of study; particularly composition, performance, audio engineering, and music production.

MUS
527
Hours
3
Studies In Special Lit

Materials vary each semester. May be repeated for credit up to four semesters.

MUS
528
Hours
3
Orchestration

A survey of instrumental strengths, abilities, and weaknesses. Special emphasis on the art and science of writing for larger ensembles. This course encourages work that overlaps with other programs of study; particularly composition, performance, audio engineering, and music production.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 525
MUS
532
Hours
2
Graduate Diction Review

This course is an intensive review of undergraduate diction designed for graduate students who did not perform adequately on the Diction Diagnostic examination at matriculation. A grade of no lower than C must be earned in this course if the student is to satisfy the requirement for mediation.

Prerequisite(s): In order to register for this course, the student must have been accepted into the MM or DMA program in Vocal Performance.
MUS
534
Hours
3
Renaissance Proseminar

An intensive study of the music, the composers, the diverse styles, genres, and techniques, the theoretical and aesthetic principles, and the performance practices associated with music of the Renaissance via reading, listening, and musical analysis.

MUS
535
Hours
3
Baroque Proseminar

An intensive study of the music, the composers, the diverse styles, genres, and techniques, the theoretical and aesthetic principles, and the performance practices associated with Baroque music via reading, listening, and musical analysis.

MUS
536
Hours
3
Prosem Opera History Lit

Survey of operatic styles from the 17th to the 20th centuries via discussion and analysis of selected works.

MUS
537
Hours
3
Analysis of 20th-Century Music

Survey of a variety of technical approaches to composition in the 20th century and such organizing techniques as harmony, voice leading, textural design, form, and orchestration.

MUS
538
Hours
3
Introduction to Atonal Theory

This course is aimed at advanced graduate students and is intended as an introduction to atonal music and to the theoretical literature which attempts to address that music.

MUS
539
Hours
2
Special Topics in Lyric Diction

This course is a rotation of special topics in advanced lyric diction designed for graduate students demonstrating basic proficiency in International Phonetic Alphabet usage as applied to lyric diction.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 532
MUS
542
Hours
2
Graduate French Diction

Advanced study of French diction for singers, including IPA and practical application. Offered on demand.

MUS
543
Hours
2
Graduate German Diction

Advanced study of German diction for singers, including IPA and practical application. Offered on demand.

MUS
545
Hours
3
Graduate Vocal Pedagogy

A detailed study of the historical and contemporary methods of pedagogy, and analysis of pedagogical problems.

MUS
546
Hours
3
Spanish Diction

This course entails the in-depth study and practice of Spanish lyric diction – its rules, exceptions, and special circumstances. Both Castilian and Latin American diction will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): Students registering in this course should have had an undergraduate course in lyric singing diction and be familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet.
MUS
547
Hours
3
Russian Diction

This course entails the in-depth study and practice of Russian lyric diction – its rules, exceptions, and special circumstances.

Prerequisite(s): Students registering in this course should have had an undergraduate course in lyric singing diction and be familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet.
MUS
549
Hours
3
Prosem Music Medievl Pd

An intensive study of the music, theoretical and aesthetic principles, and the culture of the Medieval period via reading, listening, musical analysis, and discussion.

MUS
550
Hours
3
Prosem Music Classic Era

An intensive study of the music, the composers, the diverse styles and techniques, the theoretical and aesthetic principles, and the performance practices associated with music of the pre-classical and classical periods via reading, listening, and musical analysis.

MUS
552
Hours
1-3
Directed Studies Piano

Independent research projects in piano pedagogy. Offered each semester.

MUS
553
Hours
3
Prosem Music Romantic Pd

An intensive study of the music, the composers, the diverse styles and techniques, the theoretical and aesthetic principles, and the performance practices associated with music of the 19th century via reading, listening, and musical analysis.

MUS
554
Hours
3
Proseminar In Jazz

A study of jazz history and performance practices as applied to the performing musician and educator via transcription, analysis and research. Offered spring semester.

MUS
558
Hours
3
Prosem Music 20th Centry

An intensive study of the music, the composers, the diverse styles and techniques, the theoretical and aesthetic principles, and the performance practices associated with music composed after 1900 via reading, listening, and musical analysis.

MUS
559
Hours
3
Spec Topics Musicology

Advanced study of a selected topic in musicology. Offered on demand.

MUS
561
Hours
3
Hy Wind Band Trad Lit

Comprehensive study of band history from the Renaissance to the present, together with a survey of early and traditional wind works of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Holst, Grainger, Poulenc and others. Offered fall semesters and during the first summer terms of even-numbered years.

MUS
562
Hours
3
Contemp Wind Ensmble Lit

Detailed examination of wind ensemble literature since 1950, with emphasis on performance analysis and conducting techniques in the works of Schuller, Hindemith, Persichetti, Schwantner, Penderecki, Bassett, Krenek and others. Offered spring semesters and during the first summer terms of odd-numbered years.

MUS
563
Hours
3
Projects In Wind Music

Survey of rehearsal techniques and studies in wind performance practices and transcription. Offered fall and spring semesters and during the first summer term.

MUS
564
Hours
2
Wind Ensemble Pract I

Students are required to participate as conducting assistants and, if assigned, as performers in an instrumental ensemble. Offered fall semester.

MUS
565
Hours
2
Wind Ensemble Pract II

Continuation of Wind Ensemble Practicum I. Offered spring semester.

MUS
568
Hours
2
Sem Wind Lit-Chambr Form

An analytical survey of the content and performance practices of selected wind ensemble literature for chamber groups.

MUS
571
Hours
2
Choral Literature 1450-1750

In-depth survey of choral literature up to 1750. Offered spring semesters of odd-numbered years.

MUS
572
Hours
2
Choral Lit 1750-Present

In-depth survey of choral literature since 1750. Offered spring semesters of even-numbered years.

MUS
574
Hours
2
Graduate Vocal Literature I

In-depth survey of the performance criteria and historical significance of solo vocal literature of the United States, British Isles, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and Central/South American. Offered in Alternate years.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 474 and MUS 475
MUS
577
Hours
3
Adv Organ Literature I

A survey of the literature of the organ from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Offered fall semesters of even-numbered years.

MUS
578
Hours
3
Adv Organ Literature II

A survey of the literature of the organ from the 18th century to the present. Offered spring semesters of odd-numbered years.

MUS
581
Hours
2
Liturgy Arts Worship Practices

A study of the relationship between liturgy, music, and other related arts, both in history and current practice.

MUS
591
Hours
3
Readings in Music History

Readings in Music History.

MUS
592
Hours
3
Adv Choral Conducting

Representative literature from all periods is studied and conducted. Conducting techniques, rehearsal and vocal techniques, diction, performance practice, and score analysis are emphasized. Offered each semester. May be repeated for credit with varied repertoire.

MUS
594
Hours
3
Adv Instrumental Conduct

Baton technique, score reading, analysis, interpretation, rehearsal techniques and instrumental problems in a few selected scores. Offered spring semester.

MUS
595
Hours
3
Graduate Theory Review

This course is a review and recasting of classical concepts, including harmony, counterpoint, and form.

MUS
596
Hours
0
Comprehensive Examination

All master of music students are required to register for this course at the beginning of the semester during which they take the comprehensive examination. A grade will be determined entirely by an assessment of the student's performance on the comprehensive examination and will either be pass or fail. The course may be repeated once and must be passed if the student is to graduate.

MUS
597
Hours
0
Oral Examination

All master of music students are required to register for this course at the beginning of the semester during which they take the oral examination. A grade will be determined entirely by an assessment of the student's performance on the oral examination and will either be pass or fail. The course may be repeated once and must be passed if the student is to graduate.

MUS
598
Hours
1-12
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

MUS
599
Hours
1-6
Thesis Research

This independent research course partially fulfills required master’s-level research thesis hours toward the master’s degree in music. The course is conducted under the guidance of the thesis advisor. Material covered will be of an advanced nature aimed at providing master's students with an understanding of the latest research and current developments within the field. Discussion and advisor guidance will be directed towards readings of research articles and development of research methodology, with the aim of producing an original research contribution that represents a novel development in the field, or a novel perspective on a pre-existing topic in the field.

MUS
608
Hours
3
Structur Analysis III

Application of Schenkerian methodologies to large-scale tonal works. Offered spring semesters of even-numbered years.

MUS
609
Hours
3
Serialism

This course is designed for advanced graduate students and is intended as an introduction to serial music and to the theoretical literature which attempts to address that music.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 538 or permission of the instructor
MUS
619
Hours
4
Adv Composition III

No description available.

MUS
620
Hours
4
Adv Composition IV

No description available.

MUS
622
Hours
3
Sem Medieval Renaiss Mus

An intensive study of a specific topic associated with Medieval and/or Renaissance music. Topic varies.

MUS
625
Hours
3
Seminar Romantic Music

An intensive study of a specific topic associated with 19th-century music. Topic varies.

MUS
626
Hours
3
Sem Twentieth Cent Music

An intensive study of a specific topic associated with music written in the 20th century. Topic varies.

MUS
639
Hours
2
Special Topics in Lyric Diction

This course is a rotation of special topics in advanced lyric diction designed for graduate students demonstrating basic proficiency in International Phonetic Alphabet usage as applied to lyric diction.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 532
MUS
640
Hours
3
Opera Pedagogy and Stage Direction I

This two-course sequence is designed for graduate students interested in teaching opera stage craft and in opera stage direction. Opera Pedagogy and Stage Direction I will primarily focus on administration and teaching within an Opera Workshop training and performing program.

Prerequisite(s): One semester each of MUA 560 (Opera Workshop) and MUA 561 (Opera Production) is required.
MUS
642
Hours
3
Vocal Pedagogy

An analytical survey of voice teaching with emphasis on practical application. Offered on demand.

MUS
643
Hours
3
Brass Wdwind Strg Pedagy

Intended to teach doctoral students how to be successful in applied studio teaching at the collegiate and preparatory level. The focus of the course will be specific relative to the student's major instrument. Offered each semester.

MUS
644
Hours
3
Advanced Vocal Pedagogy II

An advanced study of modern vocal pedagogy with special attention to recent acoustical research and technology, and its practical application in the voice studio.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 545 or MUS 642
MUS
650
Hours
3
Wind Conduct Pedagogy

A practical and theoretical study of conducting instruction.

MUS
651
Hours
3
Choral Conduct Pedagogy

A practical and theoretical study of conducting instruction.

MUS
652
Hours
2
Special Topics Vocal Lit I

In-depth survey of the performance criteria and historical significance of selected repertoire from the solo vocal literature.

Prerequisite(s): MUS 474 and MUS 475
MUS
653
Hours
3
Special Topics - Vocal Lit I

Students will acquire a basic working knowledge of standard solo art song by composers from Great Britain and France.

MUS
668
Hours
2
Seminar in Wind Literature Chamber Forms

Chamber Wind Ensembles are small groups of wind players/percussion/keyboard musicians (usually less than twenty) in which only one musician is playing each part. Sometime these ensembles utilize a conductor while other times they do not. MUS 668 is an in-depth look at several of the most significant pieces from the vast quantity of repertoire written for chamber wind ensembles. The works to be studied were selected based on: the works intrinsic value, an effort to include representative works by historical period, an effort to include representative works by instrumentation, an effort to include representative works by country and the instructor’s firsthand knowledge of the works through performance.

MUS
669
Hours
2
Seminar in Wind Literature Large Forms

The Seminar in Wind Literature, Large Forms, focuses on a particular genre, composer or style period within the wind band repertoire. The seminar for Spring 2014 will explore the music of David Maslanka. Mr. Maslanka is considered to be one of the most significant composer of wind music over the later portion of the 20th century to the present. The works to be studied were selected based on: an effort to include a representative sample of Maslanka’s complete catalogue, an effort to include representative types of his works (e.g. concerti, symphonies, etc.), an effort to include the works considered to be most significant, and the works intrinsic value.

MUS
674
Hours
2
Topics Choral Literature

A thorough analysis and historical study of the repertoire for the lecture recital. May be repeated for credit.

MUS
677
Hours
3
Topics In Organ Lit

In-depth study of the organ literature of a specific period, its content and performance practice related to the organs of the period, and the performance of the literature. Offered each semester. May be repeated for credit if literature varies.

MUS
692
Hours
3
Adv Choral Conducting

Advanced conducting techniques, score analysis and preparation, performance practice and interpretation, rehearsal, and vocal techniques and diction.

MUS
694
Hours
3
Adv Wind Conducting

Advanced baton technique, score reading, interpretation, rehearsal techniques and instrumental problems in selected scores.

MUS
696
Hours
0
Comprehensive Examination

All doctor of musical arts students are required to register for this course at the beginning of the semester during which they take the comprehensive examination. A grade will be determined entirely by an assessment of the student's performance on the comprehensive examination and will either be pass or fail. The course may be repeated once and must be passed if the student is to graduate.

MUS
697
Hours
0
Oral Examination

All doctor of musical arts students are required to register for this course at the beginning of the semester during which they take the oral examination. A grade will be determined entirely by an assessment of the student's performance on the oral examination and will either be pass or fail. The course may be repeated once and must be passed if the student is to graduate.

MUS
698
Hours
1-3
Non-Dissertatn Research

No description available.

MUS
699
Hours
1-12
Document Research

This independent research course partially fulfills required doctoral-level research dissertation hours toward the doctoral degree in music. The course is conducted under the guidance of the dissertation advisor. Material covered will be of an advanced nature aimed at providing doctoral students with an understanding of the latest research and current developments within the field. Discussion and advisor guidance will be directed towards readings of research articles and development of research methodology, with the aim of producing an original research contribution that represents a novel development in the field, or a novel perspective on a pre-existing topic in the field.