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 music.ua.edu/apply-audition 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.
|MUS 115||Theory I: Voice Leading||4|
|MUS 117||Theory II: Diatonic Harmony||4|
|MUS 215||Theory III: Chromatic Harmony||4|
|MUS 217||Theory IV: Advanced Harmony||4|
|MUS 250||Music In World Cultures||3|
|MUS 251||Music History I||3|
|MUS 252||Music History II||3|
|MUS 323||Music History III||3|
|MUS 351||Fund Of Conducting||2|
|MUS 494||Band Conducting||2|
|MUE 200||Intro to Music Education||2|
Applied and Ensemble
|MUA 010||Life Wellness (x 5)||0|
|MUA 170-MUA 190 1||4|
|MUA 270-MUA 290 1||4|
|MUA 199||Sophomore Qualifying||0|
|MUA 370-MUA 390 1||4|
|MUA 470-MUA 490 1||1|
|MUA 499||Senior Recital||1|
|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)
Course numbers MUA 170 Harp (Majors)–MUA 190 Guitar (Majors), MUA 270 Harp (Majors)–MUA 290 Guitar (Majors), MUA 370 Harp (Majors)–MUA 390 Guitar (Majors), and MUA 490 Guitar (Majors) denote private study of the principal instrument or voice for music majors; each course carries one to four hours of credit and may be repeated for credit. Music majors should register for the principal applied instrument at the 100-level during the first two semesters and at the 200-level during the second two semesters at the University. Following successful completion of the sophomore qualifying examination (MUA 199 Sophomore Qualifying), students should register for the principal applied instrument at the 300-level for two semesters and one semester at the 400-level. Weekly meeting times for studio instruction must be arranged with the instructor at 3 p.m. on the first day of classes of a semester.
|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 299||Piano Proficiency (Exam) *||0|
|MUE 252||Teach String/Percu Instr||2|
|MUE 351||Tchg Flute Single Reeds||3|
|MUE 352||Teaching Double Reeds||1|
|MUE 353||Teach Brass Instruments||2|
|MUE 354||Teaching Percussion II||1|
|MUE 381||Vocal Methods Lab||1|
Students must register for MUA 299 Piano Proficiency to show evidence of passing piano proficiency examination. Students completing the Class Piano series should register for MUA 299 Piano Proficiency concurrently with MUA 124 Class Piano IV. Students are required to take piano until evidence of passing the piano proficiency is provided.
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:
|BEF 362||School, Culture, and Society 1||3|
|BEP 305||Educational Psychology 1, 2||3|
|CRD 412||Impr Read Second Schools 1||3|
|MUS 448||Tchng Instrumental Music Pub S||3|
|MUE 350||Evaluatn Teaching Learning Mus||3|
|MUE 387||Elem School Music Program||3|
|MUE 389||Clinical Experience In Mue 1, 2||3|
|SPE 300||Survey Spe Accomd Stratg 1||3|
|MUE 497||Internship Music Educ||12|
|EDU 400||Internship Seminar||1|
A student may not enroll in more than five identified professional studies courses prior to unconditional admission to TEP.
This is a prerequisite for admission to the teacher education program.
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.