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


All students must pass an audition and a music fundamentals exam in order to declare a music education major. To schedule an audition, students must contact the School of Music for a separate application. Visit for an application or more information.

Auditions typically take place between January and the first week of March prior to fall enrollment. With the assistance of a Music Education advisor, students will formally declare the major the first semester of enrollment after formal acceptance to the School of Music. Transfer students should declare the major the first semester of enrollment after formal admission to the School of Music, with the assistance of a Music Education advisor.

General Studies: 47–49 hours

Courses that are common to the teaching field and the general studies component may be applied to both. Music education majors should select PY 101 Intro To Psychology or HD 101 Life Span Human Development and MUS 250 Music In World Cultures to satisfy UA Core Curriculum behavioral science and fine arts requirements.

Area V: EDU 200 Orient to Teacher Education is required.

Instrumental Music Teaching Field: 66–69 hours

The University of Alabama GPA — and, if transfer work, the cumulative GPA — must be at least 2.75 in these courses.

Music Academics

Code and Title Hours
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 351Fund Of Conducting2
MUS 494Band Conducting2
MUE 200Intro to Music Education2
Total Hours34

Applied and Ensemble

Code and Title Hours
MUA 010Life Wellness (x 5)0
Principal Applied:
MUA 170-MUA 190 14
MUA 270-MUA 290 14
MUA 199Sophomore Qualifying0
MUA 370-MUA 390 14
MUA 470-MUA 490 11
MUA 499Senior Recital1
Instrumental Ensemble courses (minimum one per term):7
100-level ensemble (2 hrs, one per semester)
200-level ensemble (2 hrs, one per semester)
300-level ensemble (2 hrs, one per semester)
400-level ensemble (1 hr, one semester)
Total Hours21

Class Instruments

Code and Title Hours
Class Piano (0-4 hours)--Pass the following piano classes with no grade less than B:0-4
Class Piano I
Class Piano II
Class Piano III
Class Piano IV
or MUA 231/MUA 331/MUA 121-124, or combination
MUA 299Piano Proficiency (Exam) *0
MUE 252Teach String/Percu Instr2
MUE 351Tchg Flute Single Reeds3
MUE 352Teaching Double Reeds1
MUE 353Teach Brass Instruments2
MUE 354Teaching Percussion II1
MUE 381Vocal Methods Lab1
Total Hours10-14

See general studies requirements listed earlier in this section.

Professional Studies: 37 hours

Students must earn grades of C- or higher in each of the following professional studies courses. The University of Alabama GPA — and, if transfer work, the cumulative GPA — must be at least 2.75 in these courses:

Code and Title Hours
BEF 362School, Culture, and Society 13
BEP 305Educational Psychology 1, 23
CRD 412Impr Read Second Schools 13
MUS 448Tchng Instrumental Music Pub S3
MUE 350Evaluatn Teaching Learning Mus3
MUE 387Elem School Music Program3
MUE 389Clinical Experience In Mue 1, 23
SPE 300Survey Spe Accomd Stratg 13
MUE 497Internship Music Educ12
EDU 400Internship Seminar1
Total Hours37

Students completing this degree program are fully prepared to teach in a K-12 setting in a public school environment.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Students completing this program are routinely employed at the high school, middle school and elementary levels.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center