Music Education

UAB's Graduate Music program consists of a Master of Arts degree in Arts Education with a Concentration in Music (Choral and Instrumental) and also an Alternative Master's degree in Arts Education with a Concentration in Music (Choral and Instrumental). The Arts Education with a Concentration in Music Program is housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This program's first purpose is to train educators in meeting the evolving needs of learners in grades P-12 within today's rapidly changing society. Its second purpose is to deliver cutting-edge instruction through a standards-based, inquiry-focused approach that prepares educators to use state-of-the-art instructional strategies in their own classrooms. Its third purpose is to ensure that a quality program is available to pre-service and in-service teachers who may be unable to attend class during traditional class hours. UAB's teacher education program is unique in how it combines online support from Canvas with a variety of delivery formats:

  • blended courses (online alternating with face-to-face evenings)
  • flexible summer programming
  • totally online platforms
  • Saturday classes

Prospective students should contact the Program Director, Dr. Susan Spezzini, at spezzini@uab.edu (205-934-8357).  http://next.catalog.uab.edu/graduate/schoolofeducation/curriculumandinstruction/musiceducation/

UAB Department of Music

For detailed information regarding admission requirements for the School of Education graduate programs, please visit the Admissions Requirements website at https://www.uab.edu/education/studentservices/admission-requirements.

Master of Arts in Education: Arts Education - Music Traditional Master's Program

The MA.Ed. requires a minimum of 34 hours for the Arts Education traditional master's program in Music Education with concentrations in Choral Music and Instrumental Music.

RequirementsHours
Music Ensemble (student's field)2
Concert Choir
Wind Symphony
Jazz Ensemble
Music Theory3
Modal Counterpoint
Orchestration
Form and Analysis
Contemporary Techniques
MU 629Music Research3
Applied Music (student's field)2
Private Lessons: Voice
Private Lessons: Piano
Private Lessons: Flute
Private Lessons: Oboe
Private Lessons: Clarinet
Private Lessons: Saxophone
Private Lessons: Bassoon
Private Lessons: Trumpet
Private Lessons: French Horn
Private Lessons: Trombone
Private Lessons: Euphonium
Private Lessons: Tuba
Private Lessons: Percussion
Private Lessons: Viola
Private Lessons: Cello
Private Lessons: Bass
Private Lessons: Guitar
Private Lessons: Violin
Music History3
Music Literature Seminar
American Music
Music in World Cultures
MU 521Foundations of Graduate Study in Music3
MU 531Methods of Teaching Music 3
MU 615Technology in Music Instruction3
ALSDE-approved Diversity Course3
Urban Education
Critical Social Issues in American Education
Advisor-approved Elective 3
Seminar on Current Issues: Measurement/Eval School
500+ level Music Couse
600+ level Education Course
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner3
Choral or Instrumental Music Methods Course3
Methods II: Choral Music
Methods II: Instrumental Music
Total Hours34

Master of Arts in Education: Arts Education - Music Fifth Year Alternative Master's Program

The M.A.Ed. requires a minimum of 46 hours for the Arts Education Fifth Year Alternative Master's program in Music Education with concentrations in Choral Music and Instrumental Music. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required.

RequirementsHours
MU 531Methods of Teaching Music 3
EHS 597Special Problems in Education3
EDR 521Reading in Context Areas 1
EDU 500Education as a Profession1
MU 521Foundations of Graduate Study in Music3
EPR 511Measurement and Evaluation in Education Secondary Ed3
ECY 600Introduction to Exceptional Learner 13
EHS 690Intern Seminar in Sec Edu1
EMU 690Internship in Music Education6
MU 629Music Research3
MU 615Technology in Music Instruction3
Music Theory (choose 3 hours)3
Modal Counterpoint
Orchestration
Form and Analysis
Contemporary Techniques
Music History (choose 3 hours)3
Music Literature Seminar
American Music
Music in World Cultures
Applied Music (student's field)2
Private Lessons: Voice
Private Lessons: Piano
Private Lessons: Flute
Private Lessons: Oboe
Private Lessons: Clarinet
Private Lessons: Saxophone
Private Lessons: Bassoon
Private Lessons: Trumpet
Private Lessons: French Horn
Private Lessons: Trombone
Private Lessons: Euphonium
Private Lessons: Tuba
Private Lessons: Percussion
Private Lessons: Violin
Private Lessons: Viola
Private Lessons: Cello
Private Lessons: Bass
Music Ensemble (student's field) choose 2 hours2
Concert Choir
Wind Symphony
Jazz Ensemble
Total Hours40

 A concentration is required 

RequirementsHours
Choral Concentration
MU 532Methods I: Choral Music3
MU 562Methods II: Choral Music3
Total Hours6
RequirementsHours
Instrumental
MU 533Methods I: Instrumental Music3
MU 563Methods II: Instrumental Music3
Total Hours6
1

 May not be required if previously completed

EMU-Music Education Courses

EMU 503. Methods Teaching Music N-6 Lab. 1 Hour.

Provides public school observation experiences for music education students. Note: Fees will apply.

EMU 690. Internship in Music Education. 3-9 Hours.

Internship in Music Education. Weekly seminar attendance required.
Prerequisites: EMU 502 [Min Grade: C] and EMU 503 [Min Grade: C] and MU 529 [Min Grade: C] or MU 530 [Min Grade: C]

MU-Music Courses

MU 510. Music Technology Workshop. 1-3 Hour.

MU 521. Foundations of Graduate Study in Music. 3 Hours.

Examines the history and contemporary philosophy of music education in the public schools.

MU 529. Choral Tech and Materials. 3 Hours.

Advanced study of the techniques of choral conducting including appropriate gestures, score study, performance practice, choral diction, voice building for choirs, literature selection, rehearsal techniques and working with various types of instrumental accompaniment.

MU 530. Methods of Instrumental Music. 3 Hours.

A study of the instrumental music environment, with an emphasis on administrative topics, materials and literature.

MU 531. Methods of Teaching Music. 3 Hours.

Teaching music in the elementary school environment. Investigation of critical elements in the teaching and learning process as related to music in grades N-6. Permission of instructor required.

MU 532. Methods I: Choral Music. 3 Hours.

Introduction to teaching choral music to adolescent learners. Developing basic skills in planning, instruction, and assessment.

MU 533. Methods I: Instrumental Music. 3 Hours.

Introduction to teaching instrumental music to adolescent learners. Developing basic skills in planning, instruction, and assessment.

MU 545. Modal Counterpoint. 3 Hours.

Important characteristics of vocal polyphonic writing based on modal scales with emphasis on style of Palestrina and other Renaissance composers.
Prerequisites: MU 322 [Min Grade: C]

MU 548. Orchestration. 3 Hours.

Scoring techniques for orchestra, band, and other instrumental groups.

MU 551. Topics in Music Theory. 3 Hours.

Aspects of music theory and analysis. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: MU 322 [Min Grade: C] and MU 325 [Min Grade: C]

MU 555. Form and Analysis. 3 Hours.

Principles and techniques of organization in tonal music; analytical methods.
Prerequisites: MU 322 [Min Grade: C]

MU 558. Contemporary Techniques. 3 Hours.

Techniques and materials employed in contemporary music, including nonfunctional and nontertian harmony, polyharmony, atonal and serial music, microtones, sound-mass composition, and contemporary notation.

MU 561. Music Literature Seminar. 3 Hours.

Selected topics concerning specific periods, genres, and forms. May be repeated for credit.

MU 562. Methods II: Choral Music. 3 Hours.

Preparation to plan, teach and assess choral music with adolescent learners: making informed decisions about context, learners, learner differences, teaching strategies, methodologies, curricula, and assessment.
Prerequisites: MU 532 [Min Grade: C]

MU 563. Methods II: Instrumental Music. 3 Hours.

Preparation to plan, teach, and assess instrumental music with adolescent learners: making informed decisions about context, learners, learner differences, teaching strategies, methodologies, curricula, and assessment.
Prerequisites: MU 533 [Min Grade: C]

MU 564. American Music. 3 Hours.

Music in the United States from colonial times to the present.

MU 565. The Evolution of Jazz. 3 Hours.

Origins and survey of jazz types and styles. Lectures, recordings, and readings.
Prerequisites: MU 165 [Min Grade: C]

MU 566. Music in World Cultures. 3 Hours.

Characteristics of musical styles found in various cultures throughout the world.

MU 599. Independent Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Directed studies in music. Permission of Department Chair based on written proposal submitted to registration.

MU 615. Technology in Music Instruction. 3 Hours.

Explores ongoing innovations in technology as applied to music instruction.

MU 629. Music Research. 3 Hours.

A study of music research, including both qualitative and quantitative techniques.

MUP-Music Courses

MUP 520. Concert Choir. 1 Hour.

Performs choral music representing a variety of periods and styles.

MUP 520L. Concert Choir Learning Lab. 0 Hours.

MUP 521. Chamber Singers. 1 Hour.

Advanced choral group. Performs variety of choral music representing different periods and styles. By audition only. Advanced music-reading skills required. May be repeated for credit.

MUP 535. Wind Symphony. 1 Hour.

Performs finest concert band literature. Open to students of all majors. May be repeated for credit.

MUP 535L. Wind Symphony Learning Lab. 0 Hours.

Required Learning Lab for MUP 535 Wind Symphony. Performs finest concert band literature. Open to students of all majors.

MUP 536. Jazz Ensemble. 1 Hour.

Performs classic and contemporary jazz, swing, and rhythm and blues. May be repeated for credit.

MUP 540. Private Lessons: Voice. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in voice.

MUP 550. Private Lessons: Piano. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in piano.

MUP 561. Private Lessons: Flute. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in flute.

MUP 562. Private Lessons: Oboe. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in oboe.

MUP 563. Private Lessons: Clarinet. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in clarinet.

MUP 564. Private Lessons: Saxophone. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in saxophone.

MUP 566. Private Lessons: Bassoon. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in bassoon.

MUP 571. Private Lessons: Trumpet. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in trumpet.

MUP 572. Private Lessons: French Horn. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in french horn.

MUP 573. Private Lessons: Trombone. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in trombone.

MUP 574. Private Lessons: Euphonium. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in euphonium.

MUP 575. Private Lessons: Tuba. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in tuba.

MUP 580. Private Lessons: Percussion. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in percussion.

MUP 591. Private Lessons: Violin. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in violin.

MUP 592. Private Lessons: Viola. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in viola.

MUP 593. Private Lessons: Cello. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in cello.

MUP 594. Private Lessons: Bass. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in bass.

MUP 595. Private Lessons: Guitar. 1-2 Hour.

Private instruction in guitar.

Faculty

Brandwein, Craig, Assistant Professor of Music, 2016, B.S., M.A. (Long Island)
Cho, Won, Associate Professor of Music, 2011, B.M. (Manhattan), M.M. (Boston), D.M.A. (Memphis)
Evans, Patrick, Professor and Chair, 2015, B.M., B.M.E. (Montevallo), M.M., D.M. (Florida State)
Fambrough, R. Eugene, Associate Professor of Music, 2001, B.M. (Georgia), M.M. (East Carolina), D.M.A. (Alabama)
Gainey, Denise, Associate Professor of Music, 2002, B.M.E. (Florida State), M.M. (North Texas), D.M.A. (Kentucky)
Hurst-Wajszczuk, Kristine, Associate Professor of Music, 2007, B.M., M.M. (Westminster Choir-Rider), D.M.A. (Colorado-Boulder)
Irving, Howard L., Professor of Music, 1981, B.Mus. (Centenary), M.M., Ph.D. (Louisiana State)
Kasman, Yakov, Professor of Music; Artist in Residence, 2002, B.M. (Music College of Moscow Conservatory), M.M., D.M.A. (Moscow State Conservatory)
Kittredge, Brian, Associate Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities, 2010, B.M. (Mansfield), M.M. (Eastman), D.M.A. (LSU)
Mosteller, Paul W., Associate Professor of Music, 1988, B.S. (West Chester), M.M. (Juilliard), D.M.A. (Iowa)
Panion III, Henry, Professor of Music, 1987, B.S. (Alabama A&M), M.A., Ph.D. (Ohio State)
Phillips, Scott L., Associate Professor of Music, 2008, B.A. (Brigham Young), M.A. (Central Florida), Ph.D. (Iowa)
Price, William, Associate Professor of Music, 2006, B.M.E. (UNA), M.M., D.M.A. (LSU)
Reynolds, Jeff W., Associate Professor of Music, 1998, B.M. (Samford), M.M. (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), D.M.A. (Illinois)
Roberts, Steve, Associate Professor of Music, 2007, B.M. (Oberlin), M.M., D.M.A. (Illinois)
Turner, Kevin, Instructor of Music, 1998, B.A. (Trinity)
Zingara, James, Assistant Professor of Music, 2011, B.S. (Wisconsin-La Crosse), M.M. (East Carolina), D.M.A. (Illinois)