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.

Vocal/Choral Music Teaching Field: 65 hours

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

More InformationHours
Music Academics
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 351Fund Of Conducting2
MUS 492Choral Conducting2
MUE 200Intro to Music Education2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 34
Applied and Ensemble
MUA 010Music Convocation (x 5)0
Principal Applied:
MUA 171 or Piano (Majors)4
MUA 174 Voice (Majors)
MUA 271 or Piano (Majors)4
MUA 274 Voice (Majors)
MUA 199Sophomore Qualifying0
MUA 371 or Piano (Majors)4
MUA 374 Voice (Majors)
MUA 471 or Piano (Majors)1
MUA 474 Voice (Majors)
MUA 499Senior Recital1
Secondary Applied (4 hours) OR Class Piano (MUA 121, MUA 122, MUA 123, and MUA 124 for 4 hours) (See NOTE below.):
MUA 231 or MUA 2341
MUA 231 or MUA 2341
MUA 331 or MUA 3341
MUA 331 or MUA 3341
Choral Ensemble Courses (one per term):7
100-level ensemble (2 hrs)
200-level ensemble (2 hrs)
300-level ensemble (2 hrs)
400-level ensemble (1 hr)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 25
Class Instruments
MUE 251Intro To Winds, Str, Per3
MUE 380Vocal Methods2
MUE 381Vocal Methods Lab1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Hours65

NOTE: If principal applied is voice, then secondary applied must be piano, and vice versa. Acceptable piano study includes: Class Piano (MUA 121 Class Piano IMUA 124 Class Piano IV); Secondary Piano (MUA 231 Piano (Secondary)); or a combination of these piano courses. The Class Piano series courses (MUA 121 Class Piano I-MUA 124 Class Piano IV) can be taken one time each; secondary piano (MUA 231 Piano (Secondary) can be taken two times  for one credit hour per semester. A minimum of four semester hours of piano study is required in the choral music education program. In addition, MUA 299 Piano Proficiency must be passed. Piano study should begin the first semester of enrollment and continue until the requirement has been met.

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 362School, Culture, and Society 13
BEP 305Educational Psychology 1, 23
CRD 412Impr Read Second Schools 13
MUS 447Teaching Choral Music Publ Sch3
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