To graduate with a degree in music, you must earn 51 hours of academic credit in designated music courses, nine of which must be numbered 400 and above, and complete all core curriculum courses required by UAB's College of Arts and Sciences. 

Program Requirements

All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. The major requirements include 3 hours of computer music, 16 hours of music theory/aural skills, 8-9 hours of music history and literature, 6 hours of applied lessons, 2 hours of conducting, 3 hours of music theory electives, 3 hours of music electives, 3 hours of music history and theory electives, and 7 hours of ensembles. Students must also satisfy the piano proficiency exam, performance attendance requirements, and present a Capstone/Senior Recital.

All music majors must take:
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.
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.
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.
Basic conducting techniques and rehearsal procedures. 2 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.
A co-curricular course taken in the student's last 30 hours that, together with their last semester of applied lessons, will culminate in a Senior Recital or Lecture-Recital. This is a capstone course for all students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (general) degree. 0 hours.

See The Majors page for descriptions of Major and Minor Ensembles.

See the course catalog for descriptions of applied lessons and electives in music theory, music, and music history and literature.

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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