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Bachelor of Music

The bachelor of music (BM) offers majors in performance, composition, theory, and music therapy.

Music Performance Major (BM)

School of Music, 175 Moody Music Building
www.as.ua.edu/music
music@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of music (BM) degree with a major in performance must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 131 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Enrollment in applied music courses and enrollment in music degree programs are contingent upon successful audition and periodic evaluation of progress. Students are encouraged to contact the School of Music to schedule auditions well in advance of registration. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in performance culminates in a bachelor of music degree and requires successful completion of one of the following six tracks:

Piano Track

   
Courses Hours
MUS 115 4
MUS 117 4
MUS 215 4
MUS 217 4
MUS 240 2
MUS 250 3
MUS 251 3
MUS 252 3
MUS 303 or MUS 304 3
MUS 303, MUS 304, MUS 403, MUS 418, or MUS 426 3
MUS 307 3
MUS 323 3
MUS 335 2
MUS 351 2
MUS 406 2
MUS 471 2
MUS 472 2
MUS electives 300 or 400 level 4
MUA 010 (five semesters) 0
MUA 171 (four semesters) 12
MUA 199 0
MUA 371 (four semesters) 10
MUA secondary (four semesters)¹ 4
MUA 166 (two semesters) 2
MUA ensembles (six semesters)² 6
MUA 399 1
MUA 499 1
Total 89
   
¹Four semesters of secondary applied music credit must be in voice or a single instrument chosen from: MUA 270, MUA 272, MUA 273, MUA 274, MUA 275, MUA 276, MUA 277, MUA 278, MUA 279, MUA 280, MUA 281, MUA 282, MUA 283, MUA 284, MUA 285, MUA 286, MUA 287, MUA 288, or MUA 289.
 
²Six semesters of ensembles should be chosen from MUA 150:350, MUA 152:352, MUA 153:353, MUA 154:354, MUA 156:356, MUA 158:358, MUA 159:359, MUA 160:360, MUA 161:361, MUA 162:362, MUA 163:363, MUA 167:367, MUA 168:368, or MUA 169:369.

 

Organ Track

   
Courses Hours
MUS 115 4
MUS 117 4
MUS 215 4
MUS 217 4
MUS 241 2
MUS 250 3
MUS 251 3
MUS 252 3
MUS 303 or MUS 304 3
MUS 303, MUS 304, MUS 403, MUS 418, or MUS 426 3
MUS 307 3
MUS 323 3
MUS 333 1
MUS 334 1
MUS 351 2
MUS 431 2
MUS 477 2
MUS 478 2
MUS 492 2
MUS electives 300 or 400 level 2
MUA 010 (five semesters) 0
MUA 171 (four semesters) 12
MUA 199 0
MUA 372 (four semesters) 10
MUA 271 (four semesters) 4
MUA ensembles (six semesters)* 8
MUA 399 1
MUA 499 1
Total 89
   
*Eight semesters of ensembles should be chosen from MUA 150:350, MUA 152:352, MUA 153:353, MUA 154:354, MUA 156:356, MUA 158:358, MUA 159:359, MUA 160:360, MUA 161:361, MUA 162:362, MUA 163:363, MUA 165:365, MUA 167:367, MUA 168:368, or MUA 169:369.

 

Strings Track

   
Courses Hours
MUS 115 4
MUS 117 4
MUS 215 4
MUS 217 4
MUS 244 2
MUS 250 3
MUS 251 3
MUS 252 3
MUS 303 or MUS 304 3
MUS 303, MUS 304, MUS 403, MUS 418, or MUS 426 3
MUS 307 3
MUS 323 3
MUS 351 2
MUS 473 2
MUS electives 300 or 400 level 5
MUA 010 (five semesters) 0
MUA string instrument¹ 100 level (four semesters) 12
MUA 199 0
MUA string instrument¹ 300 level (four semesters) 10
MUA 121–MUA 124 or MUA 271 (four semesters) 4
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)² 8
MUA 169:369 (four semesters) 4
MUA 299 0
MUA 399 1
MUA 499 1
Total 88
   
¹Students must earn 22 hours and eight semesters in a single string instrument, with a minimum of 12 hours at the 300 level chosen from: MUA 175:375, MUA 176:376, MUA 177:377, or MUA 178:378.
 
²Eight semesters of ensembles should be chosen from MUA 150:350, MUA 152:352, MUA 153:353, MUA 154:354, MUA 156:356, MUA 158:358, MUA 159:359, MUA 160:360, MUA 161:361, MUA 162:362, MUA 163:363, MUA 165:365, MUA 167:367, or MUA 168:368.

 

Winds and Percussion Track

   
Courses Hours
MUS 115 4
MUS 117 4
MUS 215 4
MUS 217 4
MUS 250 3
MUS 251 3
MUS 252 3
MUS 303 or MUS 304 3
MUS 303, MUS 304, MUS 403, MUS 418, or MUS 426 3
MUS 307 3
MUS 323 3
MUS 351 2
MUS electives 300 or 400 level 10
MUA 010 (five semesters) 0
MUA string instrument¹ 100 level (four semesters) 12
MUA 199 0
MUA string instrument¹ 300 level (four semesters) 10
MUA 121–124 or MUA 271 (four semesters) 4
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)² 8
MUA 169:369 (four semesters) 4
MUA 299 0
MUA 399 1
MUA 499 1
Total 89
   
¹Students must earn 22 hours and eight semesters in voice, with a minimum of 12 hours at the 300 level.
 
²Eight semesters of choral ensembles should be chosen from MUA 160:360, MUA 161:361, MUA 162:362, MUA 163:363, or MUA 168:368.

Ancillary courses. The voice performance track requires 16 hours of French, German, and Italian with two semesters in at least one language.

Courses Hours
FR 101 (or FR 103) 4
GN 101 (or GN 103) 4
IT 101 4
FR 102, GN 102, or IT 102 4

 

Jazz Studies Track

   
Courses Hours
MUS 115 4
MUS 117 4
MUS 215 4
MUS 217 4
MUS 228 1
MUS 229 1
MUS 230 1
MUS 231 1
MUS 250 3
MUS 251 3
MUS 252 3
MUS 303 or MUS 304 3
MUS 307 3
MUS 310 3
MUS 312 3
MUS 323 3
MUS 331¹ 3
MUS 340 3
MUS 351 2
MUS 401 3
MUS 402 3
MUS 405 3
MUS 461 3
MUA 010 (five semesters) 0
MUA applied instrument 100 level (four semesters)² 8
MUA 199 0
MUA applied instrument 100 level (four semesters)² 7
MUA 121–124 or MUA 271 4
MUA 159:369 (four semesters) 8
MUA 167:367 (four semesters) 4
MUA 299 0
MUA 499 1
Total 9
   
¹MUS 331 will be used as an upper-level theory requirement in jazz studies.
 
²Students must earn 16 hours and eight semesters in a single jazz instrument, with a minimum of 8 hours at the 300 level chosen from: MUA 171:371, MUA 178:378, MUA 179:379, MUA 182:382, MUA 183:383, MUA 184:384, MUA 186:386, MUA 189:389, or MUA 190:390.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA.

Required minor. The music performance major does not require the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. MUS 121 does not satisfy the fine arts (FA) general education requirement for music majors. All music performance majors must earn a minimum of 33 hours of 300- or 400-level courses. To be admitted to the performance major in voice, students must complete the general admission requirements of the School of Music, including an audition program that includes a demonstration of the potential understanding of the classical vocal style (i.e., classical art songs sung in English and/or foreign languages). The foreign language requirement must be met with specific courses determined by placement examinations; students should consult the voice advisor for details. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

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