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Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music degree will:

  • Perform music from a wide range of stylistic periods, genres, and cultural traditions on a primary instrument as a soloist and in varied ensemble settings at a level appropriate to the student's needs, interests, and degree path, and demonstrate keyboard proficiency.
  • Hear, identify, and work with the elements of music, which include melody, harmony, form, and rhythm.
  • Approach and interpret varied musical traditions with fully integrated aural skills, theoretical analysis, and cultural and historical knowledge.
  • Speak and write persuasively about music and its role in society in the 21st century.
  • Utilize technology appropriate to support a professional career in music.

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major 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.

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.

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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