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 therapy major. 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 music (BM) degree with a major in music therapy 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 144 applicable semester hours.

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Major Courses
MUS 115Theory I4
MUS 117Theory II4
MUS 215Theory III4
MUS 217Theory IV4
MUS 180Intro Music Therapy2
MUS 182Obsrv Orient Mu Therapy2
MUS 250Music In World Cultures3
MUS 251Music History I3
MUS 252Music History II3
MUS 323Music History III3
MUS 280Music Therapy Skills Repertoir2
MUS 281Music Recreation Techniques2
MUS 282Music Therapy Practicum (two semesters)1
MUS 382Music Therapy Practicum (four semesters)1
MUS 351Fund Of Conducting2
MUS 380Intro Psychology Music3
MUS 480Music in Therapy I3
MUS 481Music Therapy II3
MUS 482Music In Therapy III3
MUS 488Comp Exam Music Therapy0
MUS 489Music Therapy Internship6
MUE 251Intro To Winds, Str, Per3
Principal Course Requirements
MUA principal 100 level (two semesters)4
MUA principal 200 level (two semseters)4
MUA 199Sophomore Qualifying0
MUA principal 300 level (two semesters)3
MUA 399Junior Recital1
MUA principal 400 level (two semesters)4
Additional study5
MUA 220Class Guitar1
Ensemble Course Requirements
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)8
MUA 010Music Convocation (five semesters)0
MUA 299Piano Proficiency0
Credit Hours Subtotal: 91
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed in the major GPA. The major in music therapy requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
PY 358Abnormal Psychology3
BSC 108Intro Biology Non Maj I4
BSC 109Intro Biology Non Maj II4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 14
Total Hours105

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- or 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Required Minor

The music therapy 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. Piano and guitar proficiencies must be passed prior to the internship. Admission to any music therapy course at the 300 level or above is contingent upon:

  • the successful completion of MUS 217 Theory IV
  • principal performance level at the 300 level
  • a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0
  • grades of C- or higher in all previous music therapy courses or, for equivalency students, acceptance into the program; all requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in MUS 489 Music Therapy Internship

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 Principal Courses

Students must earn a minimum of 15 hours and eight semesters in a single instrument or voice, with a minimum of three hours at the 300 level and four hours at the 400 level. In the semester a student registers for MUA 399 Junior Recital, only one hour of applied lessons should be scheduled. These courses should be chosen from the following courses:

MUA 170
MUA 270
MUA 370
& MUA 470
Harp (Majors)
and Harp (Majors)
and Harp (Majors)
MUA 171
MUA 271
MUA 371
MUA 471
Piano (Majors)
and Piano (Majors)
and Piano (Majors)
and Piano (Majors)
MUA 172
MUA 272
MUA 372
MUA 472
Organ (Majors)
and Organ (Majors)
and Organ (Majors)
and Organ (Majors)
MUA 174
MUA 274
MUA 374
MUA 474
Voice (Majors)
and Voice (Majors)
and Voice (Majors)
and Voice (Majors)
MUA 175
MUA 275
MUA 375
MUA 475
Violin (Majors)
and Violin (Majors)
and Violin (Majors)
and Violin (Majors)
MUA 176
MUA 276
MUA 376
MUA 476
Viola (Majors)
and Viola (Majors)
and Viola (Majors)
and Viola (Majors)
MUA 177
MUA 277
MUA 377
MUA 477
Cello (Majors)
and Cello (Majors)
and Cello (Majors)
and Cello (Majors)
MUA 178
MUA 278
MUA 378
MUA 478
String Bass (Majors)
and String Bass (Majors)
and String Bass (Majors)
and String Bass (Majors)
MUA 179
MUA 279
MUA 379
MUA 479
Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
and Flute (Majors)
MUA 180
MUA 280
MUA 380
MUA 480
Oboe (Majors)
and Oboe (Majors)
and Oboe (Majors)
and Oboe (Majors)
MUA 181
MUA 281
MUA 381
MUA 481
Bassoon (Majors)
and Bassoon (Majors)
and Bassoon (Majors)
and Bassoon (Majors)
MUA 182
MUA 282
MUA 382
MUA 482
Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
and Clarinet (Majors)
MUA 183
MUA 283
MUA 383
MUA 483
Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
and Saxophone (Majors)
MUA 184
MUA 284
MUA 384
MUA 484
Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
and Trumpet (Majors)
MUA 185
MUA 285
MUA 385
MUA 485
French Horn (Majors)
and French Horn (Majors)
and French Horn (Majors)
and French Horn (Majors)
MUA 186
MUA 286
MUA 386
MUA 486
Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
and Trombone (Majors)
MUA 187
MUA 287
MUA 387
MUA 487
Euphonium (Majors)
and Euphonium (Majors)
and Euphonium (Majors)
and Euphonium (Majors)
MUA 188
MUA 288
MUA 388
MUA 488
Tuba (Majors)
and Tuba (Majors)
and Tuba (Majors)
and Tuba (Majors)
MUA 189
MUA 289
MUA 389
MUA 489
Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
and Percussion (Majors)
MUA 190
MUA 290
MUA 390
MUA 490
Guitar (Majors)
and Guitar (Majors)
and Guitar (Majors)
and Guitar (Majors)

Additional Study Courses

In addition to the principal voice, piano or other instrument, students must earn a minimum of five hours of additional study:

Voice Principal

MUA 121Class Piano I1
MUA 122Class Piano II1
MUA 123Class Piano III1
MUA 124Class Piano IV1
MUA 271Piano (Majors)1-4

Piano Principal

MUE 381Vocal Methods Lab1
MUS 335Accompanying Class2
MUS 406Keyboard Techniques2

Other Instrument Principal

MUE 381Vocal Methods Lab1
Select four semesters of the following:
Class Piano I
Class Piano II
Class Piano III
Class Piano IV
Piano (Majors)

MUA 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

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