“The reputation of University of Alabama School of Music rests largely upon its 60 member faculty of highly accomplished performing artists and educators. These devoted professionals specialize in building performers, teachers, and scholars with a strong foundation of technical skills; they hold our students to the highest standards while fostering originality of expression. Students benefit greatly from the talent and involvement of these accomplished musicians. ”
— Assistant Director for the School of Music – Shelly Meggison
This page includes brief descriptions of the degree programs offered at the undergraduate level. Complete information about each program may be found in the University of Alabama Undergraduate Catalog:
- School of Music section
- Music Education section
(for B.S. degree)
Also available: opportunities for non-music majors
The University keeps its schedule of classes online at MyBama.
The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degree in performance; students choose a major instrument from the following:
Students majoring in performance present solo recitals as part of the requirements for their degrees. Undergraduate performance majors must also appear on student convocations presented weekly in the Concert Hall.
Performance majors participate in music ensembles, both large and small. Ensembles present concerts at regular intervals.
Performance majors enroll in pedagogy and literature classes appropriate to their area of specialization. Undergraduate performance majors enroll for study in a secondary instrument, usually piano, as well.
Students enrolled in other degree programs in the School of Music may also enroll for private performance study with the faculty.
The School of Music also offers the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in performance.
Composition and Theory
The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degree in composition and in theory. See the Composition and Theory page for more information.
Music Performance with emphasis in Jazz Studies
The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music in performance degree with an empahsis in Jazz Studies and Music Media. See the Jazz Studies website for complete information.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree is the only music therapy program in the state of Alabama. Graduates are eligible to take the board certification examination given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
Music therapists acquire employment in a broad range of health-related settings. The design of our music therapy program is to prepare students to work with many different populations and to become proficient and versatile musicians. After courses have been finished, a music therapy major completes a six-month, full-time clinical internship. The Capstone Association for Music Therapy is a student organization for service projects and fellowship.
Prospective music therapy majors audition for the School of Music and for scholarships in the same way as all other music majors. The Program Director is Dr. Carol Prickett. See the Music Therapy website for more information.
Complete information can be found on the Music Education website.
The undergraduate program in Music Education at the University of Alabama offers degree programs in instrumental and vocal/choral music. Both of these programs lead to the Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and the student who completes either of these programs can qualify to receive the Class B Professional Certificate for teachers with certification extending from kindergarten through high school (K-12).
The School of Music also offers the Master of Arts degree in music education, the Education Specialist degree, and the Doctor of Education in Music Education degree.
The School of Music offers the Bachelor Arts degree in music administration. Music majors can choose to combine their interest in music with an understanding of the business of arts management. In addition to music courses, students take courses in accounting, economics, sales, mass communication, and administration. Students also gain practical experience working in a box office, promoting events, and managing concert halls.
Bachelor of Arts
The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in music. The degree is designed for students who intend to pursue advanced degrees in musicology, music librarianship, or music theory and those for whom a general liberal arts curriculum is more appealing than the highly specific curriculum of the B.M. or B.S. degree.