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MUSIC EDUCATION (P–12) (MUE)

Professor Carol A. Prickett, Department Head
Office: 253 Moody Music Building

The programs in music education require the completion of at least 146 semester hours as specified below and lead to the bachelor of science in education degree and the Alabama Class B P–12 Professional Certificate.

NOTE: Admission to this program is competitive, and meeting stated criteria does not guarantee admission. Rather, persons who meet stated criteria are guaranteed consideration for admission to the teacher education program.

BS students in music education may also pursue a second bachelor’s degree in music (BM). This option requires 34–54 additional credit hours to earn a BM degree, depending on the area of focus (e.g., performance, jazz studies, composition, and theory). The undergraduate catalog is published at two-year intervals. Program advising sheets are updated much more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. Students should always obtain the most recent advising sheets, available from 261 Moody Music Building.

CourseHours
General Studies47–49
Courses that are common to the teaching field and the general studies component may be applied to both. Music education majors should select PY 101 and MUS 250 to satisfy UA Core Curriculum behavioral science and fine arts requirements.
 
Music Education Teaching Fields (choose one)
The University of Alabama GPA—and, if transfer work, the overall GPA—in MUS, MUA, and MUE courses must meet the criteria below. Each list’s GPA is calculated separately and must meet the minimum, even if the overall GPA is 2.75 or higher.
 
Instrumental Music Teaching Field63–67
The University of Alabama GPA—and, if transfer work, the overall GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses.
 
Music Academics
The minimum GPA for this list of courses must be 2.5. The overall MUS, MUA, and MUE GPA must be 2.75 or higher. (32 hours)
    MUS 115 Theory I4
    MUS 117 Theory II4
    MUS 215 Theory III4
    MUS 217 Theory IV4
    MUS 250 Music in World Cultures (FA)3
    MUS 251 Music History I3
    MUS 252 Music History II3
    MUS 323 Music History III (W)3
    MUS 351 Fundamentals of Conducting2
    MUS 494 Band Conducting2
 
Applied and Ensemble
The minimum GPA for this list of courses must be 2.5. The overall MUS, MUA, and MUE GPA must be 2.75 or higher. (25 hours)
 
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    Principal Applied:
      MUA 170MUA 1908
      MUA 199 Sophomore Qualifying Exam0
      MUA 370–MUA 3906
      MUA 499 Senior Recital0
      Instrumental Ensemble courses (minimum one per term)7
      Class Piano: (0–4 hours)
      Pass MUA 299 Piano Proficiency Exam0
      Complete the following with no grade less than a “B”:
      MUA 121, MUA 122, MUA 123, and MUA 124*1-4
*Students must register for MUA 299 to show evidence of passing piano proficiency examination. Students completing the Class Piano series should register for MUA 299 concurrently with MUA 124. Students are required to take piano until evidence of passing the piano proficiency is provided.
 
Class Instruments
The minimum GPA for this list of courses must be 2.5. The overall MUS, MUA, and MUE GPA must be 2.75 or higher. (10 hours)
 
    MUE 252 Teaching String and Percussion Instruments2
    MUE 351 Teaching Flute and Single Reeds3
    MUE 352 Teaching Double Reeds1
    MUE 353 Teaching Brass Instruments2
    MUE 354 Teaching Percussion II1
    MUE 381 Vocal Methods Lab1
 
Vocal/Choral Music Teaching Field63
The University of Alabama GPA—and, if transfer work, the overall GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses.
 
Music Academics
The minimum GPA for this list of courses must be 2.5. The overall MUS, MUA, and MUE GPA must be 2.75 or higher. (32 hours)
 
    MUS 115 Theory I4
    MUS 117 Theory II4
    MUS 215 Theory III4
    MUS 217 Theory IV4
    MUS 250 Music in World Cultures (FA)3
    MUS 251 Music History I3
    MUS 252 Music History II3
    MUS 323 Music History III (W)3
    MUS 351 Fundamentals of Conducting2
    MUS 492 Choral Conducting2
 
Applied and Ensemble
The minimum GPA for this list of courses must be 2.5. The overall MUS, MUA, and MUE GPA must be 2.75 or higher. (25 hours)
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    MUA 010 Music Convocation0
    Principal Applied:
        MUA 171 or MUA 1748
        MUA 199 Sophomore Qualifying Exam0
        MUA 371 or MUA 3746
        MUA 499 Senior Recital0
    Secondary Applied:
        MUA 271 or MUA 2744
 
NOTE: If principal applied is voice, then secondary applied must be piano, and vice versa. Class piano (MUA 121MUA 124 Class Piano I–IV) is an acceptable secondary applied; however, piano proficiency (MUA 299) must be passed.
 
Choral Ensemble Courses (one per term)7
 
Class Instruments
The minimum GPA for this list of courses must be 2.5. The overall MUS, MUA, and MUE GPA must be 2.75 or higher. (6 hours)
 
    MUE 251 Introduction to Wind, Strings, and Percussion3
    MUE 380 Vocal Methods2
    MUE 381 Vocal Methods Lab1
 
See general studies requirements listed earlier in this section.
 
Courses from areas II, III, and IV, plus any hours remaining in area V, should be utilized to meet teaching field or prerequisite requirements.
 
Professional Studies36
Students must earn grades of “C” or higher in each of the following professional studies courses. The University of Alabama GPA—and, if transfer work, the overall GPA—must be at least 2.75 in these courses.
 
BEF 362 School, Culture, and Society3
1,2BEP 305 Educational Psychology3
2CRD 412 Improving Reading in Secondary Schools (W)3
MUS 448 Teaching Instrumental Music in Public Schools
    (instrumental majors) or MUS 447 Teaching Choral Music
    in Public Schools (choral majors)3
MUE 387 The Elementary School Music Program (W)3
1,2MUE 389 Clinical Experience in Music Education (with a grade of “B”
    or higher)3
MUE 350 Evaluation of Teaching and Learning in Music3
MUE 497 Internship in Music (P–12) 12
SPE 300 Survey of Special Education and Accommodation Strategies3
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Total: 143–147

1This is a prerequisite for admission to the teacher education program.
2A student may not enroll in more than the five identified professional studies courses prior to unconditional admission to TEP.

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