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.

Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in music with an arts administration concentration must complete all University, college and departmental degree requirements. This includes the general education requirements; the following major requirements; all requirements for an approved minor in general business, entrepreneurship, management or world business; and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

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Major Courses
MUS 115Theory I4
MUS 117Theory II4
MUS 250Music In World Cultures3
MUS 251Music History I3
MUS 252Music History II3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 340Intro Recording Techniq3
MUS 365Legal Issues in the Arts3
MUS 496Music Admin Internship3-6
MUS electives 300 or 400 level 14
MUA 010Music Convocation (five semesters)0
MUA applied 100 level (two semesters)2
MUA applied 200 level (two semesters)2
MUA ensembles (four semesters)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 37-40
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in music with the arts administration concentration requires the successful completion of 12 hours from the following courses outside the major:
ARH 252Survey of Art I3
ARH 253Survey Of Art II3
ARH 254Survey Of Art III3
MUS 315Mus Managemt Activity2
MUS 427Studies In Special Lit3
MUS 490Raising Money Dev Arts2
MUS 461History/Literature Jazz3
NEW 490Special Topics3
TH 114Intro To The Theatre3
PHL 291Aesthetics3
UH 210Honors Fine Arts3
MUS 326Arts Venues Management2
MUS 407Marketing the Arts2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 35
Total Hours72-75

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.

Required Minor

This major requires the completion of a minor in general business, entrepreneurship, management or world business.

Additional Major Requirements

MUS 121 Intro To Listening does not satisfy the fine arts (FA) general education requirement for music majors. 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:

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
String Bass (Majors)
and String 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 ensembles should be chosen from the following courses:

MUA 150Symphony Orchestra1
MUA 250Symphony Orchestra1
MUA 350Symphony Orchestra1
MUA 450Symphony 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 158Contemp Music Ensemble1
MUA 258Contemporary Ensemble1
MUA 358Contemp Music 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 166Piano Ensemble I1
MUA 266Piano Ensemble1
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