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Music Therapy Major (BM)

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

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of music (BM) degree with a major in music therapy 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 144 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. 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 music therapy requires successful completion of the following 99 hours:

CoursesHours
MUS 1154
MUS 1174
MUS 1802
MUS 1822
MUS 2154
MUS 2174
MUS 2281
MUS 2291
MUS 2503
MUS 2513
MUS 2523
MUS 2802
MUS 2812
MUS 282 (two semesters)2
MUS 3233
MUS 3512
MUS 3803
MUS 382 (four semesters)4
MUS 4803
MUS 4813
MUS 4823
MUS 4872
MUS 4880
MUS 4896
MUE 2513
MUA principal 100 level (four semesters)18
MUA principal 300 level (four semesters)17
Additional study25
MUA 2201
MUA ensembles (eight semesters)38
MUA 010 (five semesters)0
MUA 1990
MUA 2990
MUA 3991
Total99

1Students must earn a minimum of 16 hours and 8 semesters in a single instrument or voice, with a minimum of 8 hours at the 300 level chosen from: MUA 170:370, MUA 171:371, MUA 172:372, MUA 174:374, MUA 175:375, MUA 176:376, MUA 177:377, MUA 178:378, 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.
2In addition to the principal voice, piano, or other instrument, students must earn a minimum of 5 hours of additional study:
Voice principal: Five semesters of MUA 121, MUA 122, MUA 123, MUA 124, and/or MUA 271.
Piano principal: MUS 335, MUS 406, and MUE 381.
Other instrument principal: MUE 381 and four semesters of MUA 121, MUA 122, MUA 123, MUA 124, and/or MUA 271.
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, MUA 168:368, or MUA 169:369.

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 in the major GPA. The major in music therapy requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

CoursesHours
PY 1013
PY 3583
BSC 1084
BSC 1094

Required minor. The music therapy 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. Piano and guitar proficiencies must be passed prior to the internship. Admission to any music therapy course at the 300 level or above is contingent upon (a) successful completion of MUS 217 Theory IV, (b) principal performance level at the 300 level, (c) overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and (d) grades of “C-“ or higher in all previous music therapy courses or, for equivalency students, acceptance into the program. All requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in MUS 489.

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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