To graduate with a major in music and a concentration 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 music education students 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. They 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 internship requirement). You must also satisfy the piano proficiency exam and performance attendance requirement.

Instrumental music education students 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.

You will also take courses outside of the Department of Music, including courses before and after admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

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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