Programs of Study in Music

“Where your passion becomes your future”

Majors

  • Music
  • Music Education—Vocal/Choral (P–12)
  • Music Education—Instrumental (P–12)

Minor

  • Music

Educator Preparation

  • Music (Instrumental or Vocal/Choral, P–12)

Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog. These programs of study are part of the Department of Fine Arts.

Interested in music?

Music at Huntingdon

Huntingdon offers the best of all worlds in Music and Music Education. Here, you will find a complete music curriculum accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). At the same time, Huntingdon offers a full liberal arts educational experience. The Music major provides a strong foundation in music theory; auditory skills (sight-reading and ear training); music history; and vocal or instrumental ensemble participation (band or choir). Music Education majors complete the requirements for the Music major as well as Teacher Candidate clinical experiences to become eligible for certification from the Alabama State Department of Education. This certification allows one to teach at the P–12 levels in either choral or instrumental music.

A Symphony of Opportunities

Huntingdon offers a score of music ensembles that are open to any student who loves music. Perfect your skills and gain performance experience through:

  • Choral Ensembles: Huntingdon Concert Choir, Huntingdon Chamber Choir
  • Instrumental Ensembles: The Marching Scarlet and Grey; Huntingdon Winds Concert Band; BallHawks Pep Band; Huntingdon Jazz; Huntingdon Chamber Ensembles

Interested in being part of a praise worship team? Campus Ministries holds auditions each semester. Planning to teach? You may work with prospective musicians through Huntingdon’s Honor Choir.

Why Huntingdon?

Huntingdon has long been known for excellence in Music and Music Education. The program offers:

  • National music accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Educator Preparation in either choral or instrumental music—or both!
  • Abundant performance opportunities for singers and instrumentalists.
  • Teacher Candidate clinical experiences for Music Education majors.
  • Weekly studio lessons—one-on-one instruction from experienced musician-professors.
  • Piano proficiency training in Huntingdon’s Yamaha keyboard lab.
  • Emphasis on student success from basic music fundamentals through all levels of theory and sight-singing.
  • Numerous practice studios in Smith Hall, dedicated to the fine arts.
  • Assistance with placement into graduate programs or employment.
  • Successful graduates who are professional musicians in the areas of performance, education, music therapy, worship leadership, and fine arts administration.
  • Flexibility to combine the Music major with a second major.
  • Judy Marley Montgomery Choir Awards or Scarlet and Grey Awards—generous scholarships for participation and performance.
  • Strong liberal arts core curriculum emphasizes communication and critical thinking skills.
  • Study in the Hobbs Honors Program for qualified students.
  • Part-time worship leadership, choir, and other music ministry positions in local churches.

Exceptional Facilities

Sybil Smith Hall is the hub of music activity on campus. Theory, voice, ear and sight training, instruments, and voice are studied here. A new Huntingdon Bands Rehearsal Hall opened in Roland Student Center during the 2017–2018 academic year. Performance spaces include Delchamps Recital Hall, Ligon Chapel, Drum Theater, Top Stage, Samford Stadium, and Roland Arena.

Dedicated Faculty-Musicians

Members of the music faculty at Huntingdon are active professional musicians participating in community musical venues such as the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Chorale, Montgomery Brass, Montgomery Madrigal Voices, and Cloverdale Wind Ensemble. The music faculty also serve as guest performers, conductors, adjudicators, and clinicians throughout Alabama and the Southeast.

Graduate Success

Jazz 2016 Winter Concert PhotoHuntingdon Music and Music Education alumni have been admitted to graduate programs at the Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, the University of Alabama, the University of North Carolina, the University of Oklahoma, and numerous other programs. Graduates have entered career fields from teaching and performance to music therapy and law.

Interested in learning more about Huntingdon Music?  Submit the Music Interest Form.

Music Major Scholarship Audition Information

We’re thrilled that you’re interested in being part of the Music Program at Huntingdon College! Scholarship auditions for students entering in fall 2022 are open. We can’t wait to learn more about you.

Here are the steps to complete your music scholarship audition:

  1. Apply for Admission to the College, if you haven’t done so already.
  2. Contact Dr. Brandon Slocumb, coordinator of the music program, if you are interested in auditioning for the music program. Dr. Slocumb will provide detailed instructions and contacts regarding music major scholarship auditions in voice, piano, brass/woodwinds, or percussion.

Audition Video Instructions

Audition videos must be uploaded to YouTube as unlisted. Each selection may be recorded separately, but please combine all recordings into one singular video submission. Recordings do not have to be professionally made; we do, however, recommend that you ensure the recording is of high quality, contains clear audio and video, and is without technical problems. For instance, be sure that the performer is in the camera shot, and that the microphone is far enough away from the performer to avoid distortion. Consider making a few test recordings before attempting your first full take.

Don’t forget to complete the Audition Form, linked above, to provide Music Program faculty with the URL!

 

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