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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 p. 50-52), 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 formally declare a major 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 and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.

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

CoursesHours
MUS 1154
MUS 1174
MUS 2154
MUS 2174
MUS 2402
MUS 2503
MUS 2513
MUS 2523
MUS 303 or MUS 3043
MUS 303, MUS 304, MUS 403, MUS 418, or MUS 4263
MUS 3073
MUS 3233
MUS 3352
MUS 3512
MUS 4062
MUS 4712
MUS 4722
MUS electives 300 or 400 level4
MUA 010 (five semesters)0
MUA 171 (four semesters)12
MUA 1990
MUA 371 (four semesters)10
MUA secondary (four semesters)14
MUA 166 (two semesters)2
MUA ensembles (six semesters)26
MUA 3991
MUA 4991
Total89

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 155:355, MUA 156:356, MUA 157:357, 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

CoursesHours
MUS 1154
MUS 1174
MUS 2154
MUS 2174
MUS 2412
MUS 2503
MUS 2513
MUS 2523
MUS 303 or MUS 3043
MUS 303, MUS 304, MUS 403, MUS 418, or MUS 4263
MUS 3073
MUS 3233
MUS 3331
MUS 3341
MUS 3512
MUS 4312
MUS 4772
MUS 4782
MUS 4922
MUS electives 300 or 400 level2
MUA 010 (five semesters)0
MUA 172 (four semesters)12
MUA 1990
MUA 372 (four semesters)10
MUA 271 (four semesters)4
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)*8
MUA 3991
MUA 4991
Total89

*Eight semesters of ensembles should be chosen from MUA 150:350, MUA 152:352, MUA 153:353, MUA 154:354, MUA 155:355, MUA 156:356, MUA 157:357, 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

CoursesHours
MUS 1154
MUS 1174
MUS 2154
MUS 2174
MUS 2442
MUS 2503
MUS 2513
MUS 2523
MUS 303 or MUS 3043
MUS 303, MUS 304, MUS 403, MUS 418, or MUS 4263
MUS 3073
MUS 3233
MUS 3512
MUS 4732
MUS electives 300 or 400 level5
MUA 010 (five semesters)0
MUA string instrument1 100 level (four semesters)12
MUA 1990
MUA string instrument1 300 level (four semesters)10
MUA 121MUA 124 or MUA 271 (four semesters)4
MUA orchestral string instrument21
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)38
MUA 169:369 (four semesters)4
MUA 2990
MUA 3991
MUA 4991
Total89

1Students must earn 24 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.
2Students must earn 1 hour of orchestral string instrument other than the principal instrument chosen from: MUA 275, MUA 276, MUA 277, or MUA 278.
3Eight semesters of ensembles should be chosen from MUA 150:350, MUA 152:352, MUA 153:353, MUA 154:354, MUA 155:355, MUA 156:356, MUA 157:357, 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

CoursesHours
MUS 1154
MUS 1174
MUS 2154
MUS 2174
MUS 2503
MUS 2513
MUS 2523
MUS 303 or MUS 3043
MUS 303, MUS 304, MUS 403, MUS 418, or MUS 4263
MUS 3073
MUS 3233
MUS 3512
MUS electives 300 or 400 level10
MUA 010 (five semesters)0
MUA instrument1100 level (four semesters)12
MUA 1990
MUA instrument1 300 level (four semesters)10
MUA 121–124 or MUA 271 (four semesters)4
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)28
MUA 169:369 (four semesters)4
MUA 2990
MUA 3991
MUA 4991
Total89

1Students must earn 24 hours and eight semesters in a single instrument, with a minimum of 12 hours at the 300 level chosen from: MUA 179:379, MUA 180:380, MUA 181:381, MUA 182:382, MUA 183:383, MUA 184:384, MUA 185:385, MUA 186:386, MUA 187:387, MUA 188:388, or MUA 189:389.
2Eight semesters of ensembles should be chosen from MUA 150:350, MUA 152:352, MUA 153:353, MUA 154:354, MUA 155:355, MUA 156:356, MUA 157:357, 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.

Voice Track

CoursesHours
MUS 1154
MUS 1174
MUS 2154
MUS 2174
MUS 2503
MUS 2513
MUS 2523
MUS 2543
MUS 2553
MUS 303 or MUS 3043
MUS 303, MUS 304, MUS 403, MUS 418, or MUS 4263
MUS 3073
MUS 3233
MUS 3512
MUS 4442
MUS 4743
MUS 4753
MUS 4922
MUA 010 (five semesters)0
MUA 174 (four semesters)112
MUA 1990
MUA 374 (four semesters)110
MUA 121–124 or MUA 271 (six semesters)6
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)28
MUA 2990
MUA 3991
MUA 4991
Total93

1Students must earn 24 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.
CoursesHours
FR 101 (or FR 103)4
GN 101 (or GN 103)4
IT 1014
FR 102, GN 102, or IT 1024

Jazz Studies Track

CoursesHours
MUS 1154
MUS 1174
MUS 2154
MUS 2174
MUS 2281
MUS 2291
MUS 2301
MUS 2311
MUS 2503
MUS 2513
MUS 2523
MUS 303 or MUS 3043
MUS 3073
MUS 3103
MUS 3123
MUS 3233
MUS 33113
MUS 3403
MUS 3512
MUS 4013
MUS 4023
MUS 4053
MUS 4613
MUA 010 (five semesters)0
MUA applied instrument 100 level (four semesters)28
MUA 1990
MUA applied instrument 300 level (four semesters)27
MUA 121–124 or MUA 2714
MUA 159:369 (four semesters)4
MUA 167:367 (four semesters)4
MUA 2990
MUA 4991
Total92

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.

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