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 and take an exam on music fundamentals in order to declare a music performance major. To schedule an audition, students must fill out a separate application to the School of Music, which is available online at music.ua.edu/undergraduates/auditions.

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 music (BM) degree with a major in performance 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 131 applicable semester hours.

Tracks

The major in performance culminates in a bachelor of music (BM) degree and requires the successful completion of one of the following six tracks:

Piano Track

Hours
MUS 115Theory I4
MUS 117Theory II4
MUS 215Theory III4
MUS 217Theory IV4
MUS 250Music In World Cultures3
MUS 251Music History I3
MUS 252Music History II3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 303 or 16th Cent Counterpoint3
MUS 304 18th Cent Counterpoint
Select one of the following:3
16th Cent Counterpoint
18th Cent Counterpoint
Advanced Counterpoint
Structural Analysis II
Analysis 20th Cent Music
MUS 307Form And Analysis3
MUS 351Fund Of Conducting2
MUS 240Piano Pedagogy2
MUS 335Accompanying Class2
MUS 406Keyboard Techniques2
MUS 471Lit Of The Piano2
MUS 472Lit Of The Piano2
MUS electives 300 or 400 level2
MUA 010Music Convocation (five semesters)0
MUA 171 Piano (two semesters) 16
MUA 271 Piano (two semesters) 16
MUA 199Sophomore Qualifying0
MUA 371 Piano (two semesters) 15
MUA 399Junior Recital1
MUA 471 Piano (two semesters) 15
MUA 499Senior Recital1
MUA 166Piano Ensemble I (Two semesters)2
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)8
Total Hours85
1

Students must earn 22 hours and eight semesters in applied study, with a minimum of five hours at the 300 level and five hours at the 400 level. During a recital semester, students should register for two hours of applied lessons.

MUA Applied Courses

Four semesters of secondary applied music credit must be in voice or a single instrument chosen from the following courses:

MUA 232Organ (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 233Harpsichord (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 234Voice (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 235Violin (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 236Viola (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 237Cello (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 238String Bass (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 239Flute (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 240Oboe (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 241Bassoon (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 242Clarinet (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 243Saxophone (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 244Trumpet (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 245French Horn (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 246Trombone (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 247Euphonium (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 248Tuba (Secondary)0.5-1
MUA 249Percussion (Secondary)0.5-1

Ensemble Courses

Six 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 Ensemble0-1
MUA 358Contemp Music Ensemble1
MUA 458Contemporary Ensemble0-1
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
MUA 169Chamber Music1
MUA 269Chamber Music1
MUA 369Chamber Music1
MUA 469Chamber Music1

Organ Track

Hours
MUS 115Theory I4
MUS 117Theory II4
MUS 215Theory III4
MUS 217Theory IV4
MUS 250Music In World Cultures3
MUS 251Music History I3
MUS 252Music History II3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 303 or 16th Cent Counterpoint3
MUS 304 18th Cent Counterpoint
MUS 307Form And Analysis3
Select one of the following:3
16th Cent Counterpoint
18th Cent Counterpoint
Advanced Counterpoint
Structural Analysis II
Analysis 20th Cent Music
MUS 351Fund Of Conducting2
MUS 241Organ Pedagogy2
MUS 333Service Playing3
MUS 334Service Playing3
MUS 431Organ Design2
MUS 477Organ Literature2
MUS 478Organ Literature2
MUS 492Choral Conducting2
MUA 010Music Convocation (five semester)0
MUA 172Organ (Majors) (two semesters)6
MUA 272Organ (Majors) (two semesters)6
MUA 199Sophomore Qualifying0
MUA 372Organ (Majors) (two semesters) 15
MUA 399Junior Recital1
MUA 472Organ (Majors) (two semesters) 15
MUA 499Senior Recital1
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)8
MUA 231Piano (Secondary) (four semesters)4
Total Hours91
1

Students must earn 22 hours and eight semesters in applied study, with a minimum of five hours at the 300 level and five hours at the 400 level. During a recital semester, students should register for two hours of applied lessons.

Ensemble Courses

Eight 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 Ensemble0-1
MUA 358Contemp Music Ensemble1
MUA 458Contemporary Ensemble0-1
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
MUA 169Chamber Music1
MUA 269Chamber Music1
MUA 369Chamber Music1
MUA 469Chamber Music1

Strings Track

Students must earn 22 hours and eight semesters in applied study, with a minimum of five hours at the 300 level and five hours at the 400 level. During a recital semester, students should register for two hours of applied lessons.

Hours
MUS 115Theory I4
MUS 117Theory II4
MUS 215Theory III4
MUS 217Theory IV4
MUS 250Music In World Cultures3
MUS 251Music History I3
MUS 252Music History II3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 303 or 16th Cent Counterpoint3
MUS 304 18th Cent Counterpoint
MUS 307Form And Analysis3
Select one of the following:3
16th Cent Counterpoint
18th Cent Counterpoint
Advanced Counterpoint
Structural Analysis II
Analysis 20th Cent Music
MUS 351Fund Of Conducting2
MUS 344String Pedagogy2
MUS 473String Literature2
MUA 010Music Convocation (five semesters)0
MUA string instrument 100 level (two semesters)6
MUA string instrument 200 level (two semesters)6
MUA 199Sophomore Qualifying0
MUA string instrument 300 level (two semesters)5
MUA 399Junior Recital1
MUA string instrument 400 level (two semesters)5
MUA 499Senior Recital1
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)8
MUA 169
MUA 269
MUA 369
MUA 469
Chamber Music
and Chamber Music
and Chamber Music
and Chamber Music
4
MUA 124 or Class Piano IV0-4
MUA 299 Piano Proficiency
MUS electives 300 to 400 level2
Total Hours81-85

MUA Applied Study Courses

Eight semesters of applied study should be chosen from the following courses:

MUA 175
MUA 275
MUA 375
MUA 475
Violin (Majors)
and Violin (Majors)
and Violin (Majors)
and Violin (Majors)
3-16
MUA 176
MUA 276
MUA 376
MUA 476
Viola (Majors)
and Viola (Majors)
and Viola (Majors)
and Viola (Majors)
3-16
MUA 177
MUA 277
MUA 377
MUA 477
Cello (Majors)
and Cello (Majors)
and Cello (Majors)
and Cello (Majors)
3-16
MUA 178
MUA 278
MUA 378
MUA 478
String Bass (Majors)
and String Bass (Majors)
and String Bass (Majors)
and String Bass (Majors)
3-16

Ensemble Courses

Eight 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 154Symphonic Band1
MUA 254Symphonic Band1
MUA 354Symphonic Band1
MUA 454Symphonic Band1
MUA 158Contemp Music Ensemble1
MUA 258Contemporary Ensemble0-1
MUA 358Contemp Music Ensemble1
MUA 458Contemporary Ensemble0-1
MUA 159Jazz Ensembles1
MUA 259Jazz Ensemble1
MUA 359Jazz Ensembles1
MUA 459Jazz Ensemble1
MUA 167Jazz Combo1
MUA 267Jazz Combo1
MUA 367Jazz Combo1
MUA 467Jazz Combo1

Winds, Brass and Percussion Track

Hours
MUS 115Theory I4
MUS 117Theory II4
MUS 215Theory III4
MUS 217Theory IV4
MUS 250Music In World Cultures3
MUS 251Music History I3
MUS 252Music History II3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 303 or 16th Cent Counterpoint3
MUS 304 18th Cent Counterpoint
MUS 307Form And Analysis3
Select one of the following:3
16th Cent Counterpoint
18th Cent Counterpoint
Advanced Counterpoint
Structural Analysis II
Analysis 20th Cent Music
MUS 351Fund Of Conducting2
Upper division MUS electives (300 or 400 level)4
MUA applied 100 level (two semesters)6
MUA applied 200 level (two semesters)6
MUA 199Sophomore Qualifying0
MUA applied 300 level (two semesters)5
MUA 399Junior Recital1
MUA applied 400 level (two semesters)5
MUA 499Senior Recital1
MUA large ensembles (eight semesters)8
MUA 169
MUA 269
MUA 369
MUA 469
Chamber Music
and Chamber Music
and Chamber Music
and Chamber Music
4
MUA 124 or Class Piano IV0-4
MUA 299 Piano Proficiency
MUA 010Music Convocation (five semesters)0
Total Hours79-83

MUA Applied Study Courses

Students must earn 22 hours and eight semesters in applied study, with a minimum of five hours at the 300 level and five hours at the 400 level. During a recital semester, students should register for two hours of applied lessons. Applied study should be chosen from the following courses:

MUA 179
MUA 279
MUA 379
MUA 479
Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
3-16
MUA 180
MUA 280
MUA 380
MUA 480
Oboe (Majors)
and Oboe (Majors)
and Oboe (Majors)
and Oboe (Majors)
3-16
MUA 181
MUA 281
MUA 381
MUA 481
Bassoon (Majors)
and Bassoon (Majors)
and Bassoon (Majors)
and Bassoon (Majors)
3-16
MUA 182
MUA 282
MUA 382
MUA 482
Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
3-16
MUA 183
MUA 283
MUA 383
MUA 483
Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
3-16
MUA 184
MUA 284
MUA 384
MUA 484
Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
3-16
MUA 185
MUA 285
MUA 385
MUA 485
French Horn (Majors)
and French Horn (Majors)
and French Horn (Majors)
and French Horn (Majors)
3-16
MUA 186
MUA 286
MUA 386
MUA 486
Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
3-16
MUA 187
MUA 287
MUA 387
MUA 487
Euphonium (Majors)
and Euphonium (Majors)
and Euphonium (Majors)
and Euphonium (Majors)
3-16
MUA 188
MUA 288
MUA 388
MUA 488
Tuba (Majors)
and Tuba (Majors)
and Tuba (Majors)
and Tuba (Majors)
3-16
MUA 189
MUA 289
MUA 389
MUA 489
Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
3-16

Ensemble Courses

Eight semesters of large 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 Ensemble0-1
MUA 358Contemp Music Ensemble1
MUA 458Contemporary Ensemble0-1
MUA 159Jazz Ensembles1
MUA 259Jazz Ensemble1
MUA 359Jazz Ensembles1
MUA 459Jazz Ensemble1
MUA 167Jazz Combo1
MUA 267Jazz Combo1
MUA 367Jazz Combo1
MUA 467Jazz Combo1

Voice Track

Students must earn 22 hours and eight semesters in applied study, with a minimum of five hours at the 300 level and five hours at the 400 level. During a recital semester, students should register for two hours of applied lessons.

Hours
MUS 115Theory I4
MUS 117Theory II4
MUS 215Theory III4
MUS 217Theory IV4
MUS 250Music In World Cultures3
MUS 251Music History I3
MUS 252Music History II3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 254Diction For Singers I3
MUS 255Diction For Singers II3
MUS 303 or 16th Cent Counterpoint3
MUS 304 18th Cent Counterpoint
Select one of the following:3
16th Cent Counterpoint
18th Cent Counterpoint
Advanced Counterpoint
Structural Analysis II
Analysis 20th Cent Music
MUS 307Form And Analysis3
MUS 351Fund Of Conducting2
MUS 444Vocal Pedagogy2
MUS 474Song Literature3
MUS 475Song Literature3
MUS 492Choral Conducting2
MUA 010Music Convocation (five semesters)0
MUA 174Voice (Majors) (two semesters)6
MUA 274Voice (Majors) (two semesters)6
MUA 199Sophomore Qualifying0
MUA 374Voice (Majors) (two semesters)5
MUA 399Junior Recital1
MUA 474Voice (Majors) (two semesters)5
MUA 499Senior Recital1
MUA 124 or Class Piano IV1
MUA 299 Piano Proficiency
MUA choral ensemble (eight semesters)8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 88
Ancillary Courses
The voice performance track requires 16 hours of French, German and Italian with two semesters in at least one language.
FR 101Elementary French I4
GN 101 or Elementary German I4
GN 103 Accelerated Elementary German
IT 101Introductory Italian I4
Select one of the following:4
Elementary French II
Elementary German II
Introductory Italian II
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Total Hours104

Choral Ensemble Courses

Eight semesters of choral ensembles should be chosen from the following courses:

MUA 162University Chorus1
MUA 262University Chorus1
MUA 362University Chorus1
MUA 462University Chorus1
MUA 163University Singers1
MUA 263University Singers1
MUA 363University Singers1
MUA 463University Singers1

Jazz Studies Track

Hours
MUS 115Theory I4
MUS 117Theory II4
MUS 215Theory III4
MUS 217Theory IV4
MUS 228Jazz Piano Jazz Theory I1
MUS 229Jazz Piano And Theory II1
MUS 230Improvisation I1
MUS 231Improvisation II1
MUS 250Music In World Cultures3
MUS 251Music History I3
MUS 252Music History II3
MUS 303 or 16th Cent Counterpoint3
MUS 304 18th Cent Counterpoint
MUS 307Form And Analysis3
MUS 310Arranging3
MUS 312Intermediate Arranging3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 331Jazz Symposium 13
MUS 340Intro Recording Techniq3
MUS 351Fund Of Conducting2
MUS 401Film Scoring I3
MUS 402Film Scoring II3
MUS 405Studio Tech Arrang Orchs3
MUS 461History/Literature Jazz3
MUA 010Music Convocation (five semesters)0
MUA applied instrument 100 level (two semesters)4
MUA applied instrument 200 level (two semesters)4
MUA 199Sophomore Qualifying0
MUA applied instrument 300 level (two semesters)4
MUA applied instrument 400 level (two semesters)3
MUA 499Senior Recital1
Students must pass MUA 124 OR MUA 2990-4
MUA 159
MUA 259
MUA 359
MUA 459
Jazz Ensembles
and Jazz Ensemble
and Jazz Ensembles
and Jazz Ensemble ((four semesters))
4
MUA 167
MUA 267
MUA 367
MUA 467
Jazz Combo
and Jazz Combo
and Jazz Combo
and Jazz Combo ((four semesters))
4
Total Hours88-92
1

MUS 331 Jazz Symposium will be used as an upper-level theory requirement in jazz studies.

MUA Applied Study Courses

Students must earn 16 hours and eight semesters in a single jazz instrument, with a minimum of eight hours at the 300 level chosen from the following courses:

MUA 171
MUA 271
MUA 371
MUA 471
Piano (Majors)
and Piano (Majors)
and Piano (Majors)
and Piano (Majors)
3-16
MUA 178
MUA 278
MUA 378
MUA 478
String Bass (Majors)
and String Bass (Majors)
and String Bass (Majors)
and String Bass (Majors)
3-16
MUA 179
MUA 279
MUA 379
MUA 479
Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
3-16
MUA 182
MUA 282
MUA 382
MUA 482
Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
3-16
MUA 183
MUA 283
MUA 383
MUA 483
Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
3-16
MUA 184
MUA 284
MUA 384
MUA 484
Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
3-16
MUA 186
MUA 286
MUA 386
MUA 486
Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
3-16
MUA 189
MUA 289
MUA 389
MUA 489
Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
3-16
MUA 190
MUA 290
MUA 390
MUA 490
Guitar (Majors)
and Guitar (Majors)
and Guitar (Majors)
and Guitar (Majors)
3.5-16

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in each 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- or 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary Courses

Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA.

Required Minor

The music performance major does not require 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. All music performance majors must earn a minimum of 33 hours of 300- or 400-level courses. To be admitted to the performance major in voice, students must complete the general admission requirements of the School of Music, including an audition program that includes a demonstration of the potential understanding of the classical vocal style (i.e., classical art songs sung in English and/or foreign languages). The foreign language requirement must be met with specific courses determined by placement examinations; students should consult the voice adviser for details.

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.

Career opportunities include full-time work as a performing musician, full-time opportunities as a licensed music therapist and many other opportunities within the musical industry.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Recent graduates from the University of Alabama are very successful in major symphony orchestras, military bands, jazz, freelance opportunities and as working music therapists.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center