To graduate with a degree in Music Education: Instrumental you must earn 86-89 hours of academic credit in designated music courses and School of Education courses, and complete all core curriculum courses required by UAB's College of Arts and Sciences. Completing this program is the equivalent of completing a double major — you will take a heavier course load with classes in the Department of Music and the School of Education.

All Instrumental Music Education majors are required to meet with advisors in the Department of Music and the School of Education each semester

Program Requirements

All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. The major requirements courses include 3 hours of computer music, public speaking, and psychology; 16 hours of music theory/aural skills; 8-9 hours of music history and literature; 4 hours of conducting; 7 hours of applied lessons; 7 hours of ensembles; 5 hours of applied methods; 2 hours of music electives; and 46 hours of education (including an inerternship requirement). Students must also satisfy the piano proficiency exam and performance attendance requirement.

Required Department of Music courses include:
Introduction to hardware and software for creating and performing music with computers. Concepts include digital sampling, binary computation, properties of waveforms, graphical notation, and audio sequencing. 3 hours.
MU 221: Melody, harmony, and rhythm; their interaction in music. Diatonic musical materials with emphasis on choral and simple keyboard idioms. 3 hours.
MU 224: Required laboratory for MU 221. 1 hour.
Note: both courses must be taken at the same time.
MU 222:& Continuation of MU 221. Prerequisites: MU 221 [Min Grade: C] and MU 224 [Min Grade: C]. 3 hours.
MU 225: Required laboratory for MU 222. Prerequisites: MU 224 [Min Grade: C]. 1 hour.
Note: both courses must be taken at the same time.
MU 321: Introduction to chromatic materials. Prerequisites: MU 222 [Min Grade: C] and MU 225 [Min Grade: C]. 3 hours.
MU 324: Required laboratory for MU 321. Prerequisites: MU 225 [Min Grade: C] and MU 222 [Min Grade: C]. 1 hours.
Note: both courses must be taken at the same time.
MU 322: Chromatic materials, modulation, extensions of tertian harmony, and overview of contemporary techniques. Prerequisites: MU 321 [Min Grade: C] and MU 324 [Min Grade: C]. 3 hours.
MU 325: Required laboratory for MU 322. Prerequisites: MU 324 [Min Grade: C] and MU 321 [Min Grade: C]. 1 hour.
Note: both courses must be taken at the same time.
 Basic conducting techniques and rehearsal procedures. 2 hours.
Characteristics of musical styles found in various cultures throughout the world. 3-hour option requires semester project directed by the instructor. Prerequisites: MU 120 [Min Grade: C] or MU 261 [Min Grade: C]. 2-3 hours.
Rehearsal techniques, expression, and interpretation. May occasionally work with University ensembles. Prerequisites: MU 329 [Min Grade: C]. 2 hours.
Major developments of music styles and forms from pre-Christian era through Baroque. Includes critical listening to selected musical examples. Prerequisites: MU 222 [Min Grade: C]. 3 hours.
A course taken in the student's junior or senior year that studies the major developments of musical styles and forms from the classical period through the present. This includes critical listening to selected musical examples as well as critical analysis, research and writing. Prerequisites: MU 222 [Min Grade: C]. 3 hours.
Required of music majors for graduation and music education majors before entering Teacher Education Program (TEP). 0 hours.
Attendance at Department-approved musical events such as concerts, recitals, and festivals. Required of music, music technology, and music education majors. 0 hours.
Fundamentals of singing for teaching or performance. Group and individual instruction. 1 hour.
Basic materials and performance techniques, primarily for music education students. 1 hour.
Basic materials and performance techniques, primarily for music education students. 1 hour.
Basic materials and performance techniques, primarily for Music Education students. 1 hour.
Basic materials and performance techniques, primarily for Music Education students. 1 hour.

See the course catalog for descriptions of applied lessons and electives in music.

Instrumental music education majors should also complete 6 hours of ensembles (one hour per semester) in one of the  major instrumental ensembles (Symphony Band, Orchestra, Marching Band, and Wind Symphony) and at least 1 hour in one of the minor instrumental ensembles (Jazz Combo, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Blazer Band, Computer Music Ensemble, and Piano Ensemble). See The Majors page for descriptions of Major and Minor Ensembles.

Required courses outside of the Department of Music are:
Effective public speaking. Analysis, research, organization, delivery, to enhance speaking performance. 3 hours.
Application of scientific method to behavior. Areas of psychology including learning, motivation, perception, physiological, comparative, personality, abnormal, social, clinical, child development, and individual differences. Satisfies Core Area IV Requirement. 3 hours.

Instrumental music education majors must take the following before admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP):
Total health; effects of lifestyle on total health. Decision-making skills to enable health enhancing choices and engage in health enhancing activities to improve and maintain health status. For education majors only. 2 hours.
Formal introduction to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Using writing and discussion, the class provides a clear and realistic understanding of issues involved in choosing education as a career. Writing is a significant component of this course (QEP). 3 hours.
Characteristics and needs of children and youth with exceptionalities. Special education law and policy, characteristics of children and youth with disabilities and their families, and critical issues in the field of special education. Prerequisites: EDU 200 [Min Grade: C]. 3 hours.
Realities of contemporary professional education and active participatory field experience in teaching situations. Seminars on current issues and problems in education, role and value of diversity in education, and the construction and implementation of ethically defensible pedagogies. Prerequisites: EDU 200 [Min Grade: C]. 3 hours.
Psychological principles basic to the understanding of the learner, learning process, and learning situation is covered, as well as all major principles of Human Development. 25 hours of field experiences required. Prerequisites: EDU 200 [Min Grade: C]. 3 hours.
Knowledge and skills of variety of microcomputer applications used in teaching; use of latest information technologies to access available resources on campus, Internet, and e-mail. 3 hours.

Instrumental music education majors must take the following after admission to TEP:
EHS 401: Interaction with middle and high school teachers and students and representatives from support agencies in their respective environments. 3 hours.
EHS 402: Reading strategies for 6-12 instruction provide foundation for constructing lesson plans in EHS 401. 1 hour.
Note: both courses must be taken at the same time.
Knowledge and skills for helping students with special needs to successfully progress in the general education curriculum. Managing verbal and physical aggression, collaborative teaching, and strategies for adapting the general education curriculum for students with special needs. 1 hour.
Principles of student assessment. Basic concepts and principles of measurement and evaluation of personal and academic progress in classroom. Elementary descriptive statistics and measurement techniques used in student evaluation. Prerequisites: EHS 401 [Min Grade: C]. 3 hours.
Application of principles of reading process to content-area materials and instruction. Designed for elementary, middle, and high school pre-service teachers. Prerequisites: EHS 401. 3 hours.
EMU 402: Organization of appropriate music concepts and musical experiences for all elementary children; development of methods and skills needed for direct student involvement in musical experiences for each grade level. 3 hours.
EMU 403: Public school observation experiences for music education students enrolled in EMU 402. 1 hour.
Note: both courses must be taken at the same time.
EMU 404: Aims, principles, and philosophies of music; various methods of teaching in secondary schools for both non-performance music classes and instrumental and vocal activities. Laboratory includes direct method application in secondary music classrooms. 3 hours.
EMU 405: Public school observation experiences for music education students enrolled in EMU 404. 1 hour.
Note: both courses must be taken at the same time.
Supervised capstone teaching experience in grades N-12 as appropriate to student's teaching field (general music, instrumental music, or vocal/choral music). Prerequisites: EPR 410 [Min Grade: C] and EMU 402 [Min Grade: C] and EMU 404 [Min Grade: C]. 9 hours.
Capstone course for the BA in Music Education. Students will demonstrate the skills expected of a professional music educator. This course is a supervised teaching course where the student is expected solve problems in all issues related to classroom management, assessment, and music making. Incldued in the assessment will be the creation of professional documents, appropriate budgets, and supervised teaching experiences. Prerequisites: Completion of methods courses with no grade below C. Corequisite: EMU 490. 1 hour.

Course Catalog

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for music majors are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

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