2022-2023 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks 
    Dec 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Music

Philosophy for the Department of Music 

In keeping with the general philosophy of the University of Mobile, the Department of Music seeks to engage its students to embrace learning and to develop confident Christian men and women who demonstrate the integrity to live and work in a manner consistent with the Christian faith. Thus, the intent of the Department of Music is reflected in the phrase, “Know and be Known.”

Department of Music Statement

Excellence is the goal of all performance benchmarks set for classroom instruction, applied music lessons, ensembles, recitals and corporate music events. Each student is challenged to meet or exceed faculty expectations for musical excellence as an individual act of worship, thus integrating the university’s core values―Christ-centered, Academically-focused, Student-devoted and Distinctively-driven.


General Information

Music study at the University of Mobile includes training in basic musicianship, specialized/professional areas of concentration, and studies in the liberal arts.

  1. The core of the program is musicianship - study in solo applied performance and in ensembles, theory, music history, and pedagogy.
  2. The specialized/professional areas include teacher training and performance.
  3. The liberal arts requirements contribute to the breadth and knowledge appropriate for the professional musician.


The music program is designed to help students develop their musical potential by preparing them for music careers in churches, schools, and communities. Its design also provides students with a foundation for postgraduate studies.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of:

  1. Theory, form and analysis, and principles of arranging.
  2. Music history, styles, and literature of Western and non-Western cultures.
  3. The relationship of music to the other arts.

The student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Perform at an advanced level in one applied area;
  2. Perform in a variety of primary and secondary ensembles;
  3. Play a keyboard instrument with sufficient skill for basic demonstration and simple accompaniment;
  4. Interpret representative works of the past and present and perform them with a proficiency that reflects an understanding of the historical style of the music.

Admission/Audition/Placement Exams

Students desiring admission to the Department of Music are encouraged to complete the University of Mobile’s application for admission. Prospective Alabama School of the Arts (ASOTA) majors and minors are encouraged to schedule an appointment for an audition by calling 251-442-2320 or completing an online application found at www.umobile.edu/audition. Transfer students are required to take an entrance exam to determine proper placement for theory and applied music. 

Department of Music Student Manual

Students are required to follow the policies and procedures outlined in the ASOTA Undergraduate Student Handbook 2021-2022  concerning the following:

  • applied instruction
  • mid-level review
  • piano proficiency exam
  • seminar/recital hour
  • junior and senior recitals
  • concert music
  • all matters related to the music program

The ASOTA Undergraduate Student Handbook 2021-2022  can also be viewed in hard-copy form in the ASOTA office.

Ensembles (Primary and Secondary)

All students with a major in music are expected to register for at least one ensemble each semester in residence. The following groups are defined as primary ensembles at the University of Mobile: University Singers and Symphonic Winds. Note: (String Orchestra, Piano Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble may be substituted as a large ensemble with dean’s permission, unless required by declared major). Audits for secondary ensembles are granted, when applicable, in order to alleviate increased cost to the student beyond the block pay of 17 hours (dean’s permission required). 

NOTE: ASOTA scholarships also require participation every semester a student is receiving scholarship dollars beyond primary and secondary standard ensemble requirements.

Primary Ensembles (large)


University Singers


Symphonic Winds
String Orchestra*
Piano Ensemble*
Guitar Ensemble*

*Dean’s permission required unless required by declared major.

Secondary Ensembles (small)

Alabama Repertory Company

Deliverance Five

Exit 13

Guitar Ensemble


Jazz Band

Opera Workshop

Piano Ensemble - Elite 88



University Chorale

Voices of Mobile

Welsh Revival 

Note: All music majors participate in and attend the Performing Arts Series. This opportunity extends participatory and observation experiences with both small and large ensembles. Examples of annual Performing Arts Series events are Christmas Spectacular, Night of the Classical Masters, Operas, Musical Theatre Productions, Plays, Symphonic Winds Performances, Jazz Band Performances, Piano Ensemble Performances, and Spring Spectacular.




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