This is a spot graphic on the ensemble participation page.All music majors are required to participate for credit in at least one music ensemble per term for a minimum of seven terms. To fulfill the participation requirement, instrumental students must enroll in an instrumental ensemble, and vocal/choral students must enroll in a vocal/choral ensemble.

At least six of the seven terms of the required ensemble participation must include involvement in one of the following major ensembles:
  • Concert Choir
  • Marching Band
  • Wind Symphony
  • Symphony Band
  • Orchestra
Other ensembles may be considered major ensembles, but only for students whose major instrument is listed here: Jazz Ensemble (Guitar and Piano), Guitar Ensemble (Guitar), and Piano Ensemble (Piano). All other ensembles are considered minor ensembles. Credit earned in excess of the seven semester hour minimum requirement stated above may be applied toward electives. Students in the Music Technology program may fulfill up to four of their required ensemble hours in Computer Music Ensemble. The remaining three hours must be in the major ensembles named above.

For Freshmen

  • Once you have earned credit in ensembles as stated above for a total of seven terms, your ensemble participation requirement is complete.
  • You are not required to register for an ensemble during your capstone semester.

For Transfer Students and Students Who Change Their Major to Music

  • If you enter UAB with no ensemble credits from another approved institution, you must participate for credit every semester (fall and spring) you are a music major at UAB, except for the capstone semester.
  • If you enter the UAB Department of Music with one or more ensemble credits from another approved institution, you must still participate for credit in an appropriate ensemble for each semester (fall and spring) you are a music major at UAB, except for the capstone semester.
  • You are not required to register for an ensemble during your capstone semester.