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Opportunities for Non-Music Majors

Saxophone closeupMost of the classes offered in the School of Music are open to students majoring in subjects other than music, provided that prerequisites are met. For information about specific courses, see the music course descriptions in the UA Undergraduate Catalog.

The School of Music offers a course in music appreciation, MUS 121 Introduction to Listening, that is designed especially for non-music majors. Several sections of this course are offered each semester. The course is offered also in summer and via correspondence study in the College of Continuing Studies.

A non-music major may register for private applied study for one credit hour if: (1) the student demonstrates a level of ability and experience appropriate to college music study; and (2) the applied music instructor has room in his or her load to teach a non-music major. There are special course numbers for non-music major applied study, as follows:

MUA 130 Harp
MUA 131 Piano
MUA 132 Organ
MUA 133 Harpsichord
MUA 134 Voice
MUA 135 Violin
MUA 136 Viola
MUA 137 Cello
MUA 138 String Bass
MUA 139 Flute
MUA 140 Oboe
MUA 141 Bassoon
MUA 142 Clarinet
MUA 143 Saxophone
MUA 144 Trumpet
MUA 145 Horn
MUA 146 Trombone
MUA 147 Euphonium
MUA 148 Tuba
MUA 149 Percussion

A course fee is associated with private applied study; see the printed University of Alabama Schedule of Classes for details. Beginning students and students who do not wish to enroll for credit may enroll the private applied study through our Community Music School.

Apart from music appreciation and private applied study, it is the School’s performing ensembles that attract non-music majors most frequently. Non-music majors should note that:

  • Music ensembles are regular classes and carry one credit hour.
  • Every ensemble requires an audition that occurs at the start of the semester.
  • A student may register for an ensemble without auditioning, but will be required to drop the class if the audition is unsuccessful.
  • Non-music majors must regiester for ensembles at the 100 level.
  • Music ensembles do not meet in summer.

Ensembles with the largest population of non-music majors are the Symphonic Band, the Million Dollar Marching Band, and the School’s choral groups.