Students should have a strong background in music, including performance experience on a major instrument or designated voice type.

An arts administration concentration within the baccalaureate degree program is available in the area of music. The option is designed to provide the student with a curriculum in music combined with a minor in business. The arts administration concentration prepares the student for management positions with orchestras, local and state arts councils, performing arts venues, artist agencies, and other related positions in the music industry. The emphasis is on nonprofit organization management.

The basis for the arts administration concentration is a major in music with specified ancillary requirements and a Culverhouse College of Business minor in general business, entrepreneurship, management, or world business. The remainder of the hours required for the degree includes College of Arts and Sciences requirements and electives.

Admission into the Major

All students must pass an audition in order to declare an Arts Administration 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.

Special Opportunities

The School of Music offers opportunities for students of all majors to perform with the bands, orchestras, choirs, and jazz and chamber groups. Annually, the school sponsors more than 200 student performances. In addition to performance opportunities, a variety of lectures, forums, and conferences addressing music as an art form are sponsored each year.