Department of Music

Music must always move forward. Through the collaborative, cross-training experience we offer, the Department of Music is ready to guide you as you prepare for your career in music.

Kenn Hughes

Department Chair
“Welcome to the Department of Music in the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile. With over a dozen musical performing and touring groups, we have a special place just for you! Our faith-based university with exceptional faculty and outstanding students offers a sensational start to your future. Your journey starts now, and we can’t wait for you to join us!”

Bachelor of Music in Performance – Piano

Prepare for your future as a professional pianist within a culture of excellence and collaboration with your individual instructors who will encourage you as you work to become the passionate musician you were created to be.

Bachelor of Music in Performance – Vocal

Prepare for your future as a professional vocalist with the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Mobile Alabama School of the Arts. With collaborative training in both classical and commercial techniques, you will be prepared to go directly into a professional singing career, or to pursue graduate studies in voice.

Bachelor of Arts – Music

Music is the form of communication that transcends all languages. Earning your BA in Music will allow you the opportunity to choose an emphasis in your instrument and develop your performance and ensemble skills, with a broader understanding of music context as one of the humanities.

Bachelor of Science – Music Education (p-12 certification)

Pursue your career as a music educator in the Alabama School of the Arts with our B.S. in Music with Teacher Certification. As a graduate of this degree, you will be prepared to excel in your music programs for p-12 classrooms. The Music Education degree offers concentration options in choral or instrumental music, and you will grow pedagogical and practical experiences in teaching music.

Bachelor of Science – Music Education (non-certification)

The BS in Music Education with non-certification will prepare you to work in educational settings outside of the public school classroom. This degree will provide you with hands-on leadership and learning opportunities, focusing on music teaching methods and childhood development. You will have the flexibility to earn a music degree emphasizing theoretical and music knowledge as well as teaching methodologies without pursuing state-endorsed teacher certification.

Interested in Graduate Studies?

Learn, be challenged and grow as a part of our 21st-century classroom for music, performance and worship. In the Alabama School of the Arts Graduate Studies Department at the University of Mobile you have the opportunity to work with world class teachers-artists who are active in their field, all in an environment of care, collaboration and support.

What does NAME think about the Music program?

"My time in the Alabama School of the Arts was nothing less than life changing. Yes, I was challenged academically and musically, but more than that, I was challenged spiritually every day by believers around me. I graduated from this department with friendships that will last me a lifetime, a strong skill set to begin my career as a music teacher, and most importantly, the passion to go out in the world to make disciples for Christ. I am forever grateful to the Lord for directing me to ASOTA and to every person that shaped me during my time there." – Livy Collingsworth, BS Music Education | 2019

"My time at UM in the music department was nothing short of incredible and I wouldn’t trade the godly atmosphere, academic focus and life lessons learned for anything. The faculty encouraged, directed and supported me when I didn’t know what major to choose. Flute was my primary instrument, but I had the opportunity to learn many different instruments, join two different traveling ensembles, be a part of nearly every department-wide performance in the orchestra, and even gained opportunities to play and sing outside of UM through connections from the school. I am now exactly where God wants me to be as an elementary music teacher in Mobile because of a professor who encouraged me. I am falling in love with what I do more and more every day and that is all thanks to God through the University of Mobile." – Blythe Carr, BA Music | 2019

"In high school, my choral director who is a UM graduate, Amanda Davis Goins '06, helped me birth my dream as a musician. She was my mentor, and I want to be that to others. If music is a student's passion, I want to be able to give them as much knowledge and experience as I can. A UM alum mentored me and led me to study here and now I am loving every opportunity given to me as a student" – Cory Anderson, BM Vocal Performance | 2022

"I chose UM because of the incredible faculty and their desire to see me grow as both a musician and as a person. It is evident they truly care about the students and want the best for them; the Piano department is no exception. Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva has become like family to me and her desire to see me grow as a person and musician is clear every time I see her. I study classical piano performance and travel with the ensemble Ignite Worship as their keyboard player. I am incredibly grateful for the unique opportunities UM has afforded me and look forward to many more." – Conrad Erksine, BM Piano Performance | 2021


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