Music

UAB's Graduate Music program consists of a Master of Arts degree in Arts Education with a Concentration in Music and also an Alternative Master's degree in Arts Education with a Concentration in Music . 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).

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.

EMU-Music Education Courses

EMU 502. Methods of Teaching Music N-6. 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. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

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

Provides public school observation experiences for music education students enrolled in EMU 502. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

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 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.

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.

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 564. American Music. 3 Hours.

Music in the United States from colonial times to the present.
Prerequisites: MU 120 [Min Grade: C]

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.

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