Students entering this program should have a strong background in music. This should include performance experience with a specific instrument or voice type.

Admission into the Major

All students must pass an audition in order to declare a general music major (BA). To schedule an audition, students must fill out a separate application to the School of Music, which is available online at

Auditions typically take place between January and March prior to fall enrollment. Upon successful audition, students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students can declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Code and Title Hours
Major Courses
MUS 115Theory I: Voice Leading4
MUS 117Theory II: Diatonic Harmony4
MUS 215Theory III: Chromatic Harmony4
MUS 217Theory IV: Advanced Harmony4
MUS 250Music In World Cultures3
MUS 251Music History I3
MUS 252Music History II3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 307Form And Analysis3
MUS 497Senior Project1
MUS electives 300 or 400 level9
MUA applied 100 level (two semesters)2
MUA applied 200 level (two semesters)2
MUA ensembles (four semesters)4
MUA 010Life Wellness (five semesters)0
Total Hours49

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary Courses

The music major does not require ancillary courses.

Required Minor

This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional Major Requirements

MUS 121 Intro To Listening does not satisfy the fine arts (FA) general education requirement for music majors. At the beginning of the senior year, the student, in consultation with the music adviser, selects a faculty adviser for the senior project, which is usually a substantial paper on a historical or theoretical topic. The topic and format of the project must be approved by the project adviser. The project must be turned in one month before the last day of classes in the final semester. It will be examined by a faculty committee selected by the project adviser. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

MUA Applied Courses

Students must earn a minimum of four hours and four semesters in a single instrument or voice chosen from the following courses:

Code and Title Hours
MUA 170
MUA 270
Harp (Majors)
and Harp (Majors)
MUA 171
MUA 271
Piano (Majors)
and Piano (Majors)
MUA 172
MUA 272
Organ (Majors)
and Organ (Majors)
MUA 174
MUA 274
Voice (Majors)
and Voice (Majors)
MUA 175
MUA 275
Violin (Majors)
and Violin (Majors)
MUA 176
MUA 276
Viola (Majors)
and Viola (Majors)
MUA 177
MUA 277
Cello (Majors)
and Cello (Majors)
MUA 178
MUA 278
Double Bass (Majors)
and Double Bass (Majors)
MUA 179
MUA 279
Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
MUA 180
MUA 280
Oboe (Majors)
and Oboe (Majors)
MUA 181
MUA 281
Bassoon (Majors)
and Bassoon (Majors)
MUA 182
MUA 282
Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
MUA 183
MUA 283
Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
MUA 184
MUA 284
Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
MUA 185
MUA 285
French Horn (Majors)
and French Horn (Majors)
MUA 186
MUA 286
Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
MUA 187
MUA 287
Euphonium (Majors)
and Euphonium (Majors)
MUA 188
MUA 288
Tuba (Majors)
and Tuba (Majors)
MUA 189
MUA 289
Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
MUA 190
MUA 290
Guitar (Majors)
and Guitar (Majors)

MUA Ensemble Courses

Four semesters of ensemble should be chosen from the following courses:

Code and Title Hours
MUA 150Huxford Symphony Orchestra1
MUA 250Huxford Symphony Orchestra1
MUA 350Huxford Symphony Orchestra1
MUA 450Huxford Symphony Orchestra1
MUA 152Wind Ensemble1
MUA 252Wind Ensemble1
MUA 352Wind Ensemble1
MUA 452Wind Ensemble1
MUA 153Marching Band1
MUA 253Marching Band1
MUA 353Marching Band1
MUA 453Marching Band1
MUA 154Symphonic Band1
MUA 254Symphonic Band1
MUA 354Symphonic Band1
MUA 454Symphonic Band1
MUA 156Percussion Ensemble1
MUA 256Percussion Ensemble1
MUA 356Percussion Ensemble1
MUA 456Percussion Ensemble1
MUA 158Contemporary Ensemble1
MUA 258Contemporary Ensemble1
MUA 358Contemporary Ensemble1
MUA 458Contemporary Ensemble1
MUA 159Jazz Ensembles1
MUA 259Jazz Ensemble1
MUA 359Jazz Ensembles1
MUA 459Jazz Ensemble1
MUA 160Opera Workshop1
MUA 260Opera Workshop1
MUA 360Opera Workshop1
MUA 460Opera Workshop1
MUA 161Opera Production1
MUA 261Opera Production1
MUA 361Opera Production1
MUA 461Opera Production1
MUA 162University Chorus1
MUA 262University Chorus1
MUA 362University Chorus1
MUA 462University Chorus1
MUA 163University Singers1
MUA 263University Singers1
MUA 363University Singers1
MUA 463University Singers1
MUA 167Jazz Combo1
MUA 267Jazz Combo1
MUA 367Jazz Combo1
MUA 467Jazz Combo1

Types of Jobs Accepted

Completion of this degree program prepares the student for many avenues within the professional world associated with music.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center