Music class

The Department of Music at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) seeks to provide a program of superior quality, where all students are given the opportunity to experience music as an academic discipline and as an art form. Its academic courses foster in students an understanding of music as an art and the appreciation of the best in music literature in order to enhance and enrich their lives. Its ensembles and performance-related curricula expose students to the artistic and communicative values of music.

The Faculty of the Department of Music strives to provide leadership in artistic endeavors as well as cultural enrichment within the academic community and the participation in regional, national, and international forums.

Music at UAH

Some music students do better at a really big school where they can be anonymous. Others excel in a smaller, family-style environment like the UAH Department of Music. With approximately 60 music majors, we have seven full-time and more than thirty part-time faculty. We know our students and we care about them.

We have more than music majors involved in music at UAH. More than 200 students from every college and department on campus are involved in our 15-20 ensembles each semester. More than 1300 students were enrolled in music classes of all kinds last year.


Many people ask "What can I do with a music degree?" A better question might be "What can't you do?" There are a handful of careers that require a specific undergraduate degree, including engineering, nursing, and accounting. A great many more require a non-specific college degree.

Besides working as music teachers or performers, there are music students who have gone on to law school, medical school (out of all undergraduate majors, music has the highest medical school acceptance rate), and careers in virtually every field. Other careers in music include music administration, music composition, music software development, music therapy, retail music, church music, private music teaching, etc.

To meet these needs, the UAH Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music, which gives a graduate a well-rounded college education. With this degree, students can pursue any of the following eight degree emphases:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Music Education
  • Performance
  • Jazz
  • Music Technology
  • Church Music
  • Music Business
  • Piano Pedagogy


The Department of Music has several different types of auditions:

  • Auditions to be a music major or music minor
  • Scholarship auditions
  • Auditions to be in a specific band, choir, jazz group, etc.


UAH offers two different kinds of music scholarships:

  • Endowed scholarships for music majors (and occasionally minors)
  • Ensemble scholarships that are available, by audition, to any full-time student registered for the relevant ensemble

Considering a degree in music? Schedule a visit to meet with our faculty, sit in with an ensemble, or observe a class. Contact the UAH Department of Music.