All students receive assistance of a faculty advisor. First-year freshmen music majors with less than 30 completed credit-hours will receive advising from an assigned advisor in the Academic Advising Center in Harrin 100. Declared music majors who have completed 30+ credit-hours will receive advising from Mrs. Carrie Martens, Music Advisor. Even though music majors are not advisees of Mrs. Martens until their second year, all music majors are welcome and encouraged to refer to her for assistance.

Mrs. Carrie Martens
SFA Room 208





Scheduling an Appointment

You will be scheduling an appointment through Google Calendar and will be prompted to log in to a Google account. You can use your account but you must include “” at the end of your user name.

If you have not previously used Google Calendar with your account, the appointment times may be listed in the incorrect time zone. When you open the appointment calendar, if the “8:00 AM (Not an Appointment)” block is not listed in the 8 am time slot on your appointment calendar, the time zone for your Google Calendar account is not set to the Central Time Zone. Use the “8:00 AM (Not an Appointment)” block as a reference to select the time you want in Central Time.

After you schedule your appointment, Mrs. Martens will email you to confirm the specific day/time for your appointment in Central Time to be sure any time zone discrepancies are resolved.

To Set Your Google Calendar Time Zone
If you would like to fix your Google Calendar to make sure it is set to Central Time, simply visit Once you log-in to Google Calendar once with your Google account, your time zone should automatically be set to your current time zone based on your location.

DO NOT schedule an appointment unless you have read the information above.

Music Advising Resources

The Music Major Advising Center, SFA 208, houses advising resources and physical copies of the forms and documents located on this page. SFA 208 will always be open and accessible for music majors and minors any time the building is open.

Download and/or print a UCA Blank Class Schedule for your own use.

Click here to access forms for add/drop, late add, overload request, grade forgiveness, etc.

Students auditioning for the BM Performance degree track must audition and be admitted to this specific track. Contact your applied instructor for more information. Present this Bachelor of Music Performance Track Application during your audition.

Learn more about the Upper Division Qualifying Assessment (UDQA) for music majors.

Refer to the UCA Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Find and review the Academic Map for your degree/concentration.


Creating Your Personal Degree Plan

Before your advising appointment during your fourth semester of music study, you must complete a personal degree plan that outlines a semester-by-semester plan for successfully completing all remaining degree requirements. You will review your plan with Mrs. Martens during your academic advising appointment. Carefully read and follow the instructions on the first page of the document to edit, save, and share your personal degree plan. Please note that your individual advising check sheet emailed to you as a PDF following your initial music advising appointment as well as the Academic Map for your degree concentration are helpful resources for completing your Personal Degree Plan. 

Personal Degree Plan Template


Important Reminders for Music Majors

DO NOT enroll in a degree-required course if you did not earn a passing grade in one or more of its prerequisite courses.  For example, do not register and enroll in Music History I if you earned an “F” in Introduction to Music Literature. For music education majors, a “C” or better is required for all music and education courses. For example, music education majors who earn a “D” in Harmony II should not enroll in Theory III.

Beginning with your fifth semester of music study, always register for 4000-level applied lessons and ensembles.


Music Degree Check Sheets

Below you will find a 2017-2018 advising check sheet for each music degree/concentration currently offered at the University of Central Arkansas. Please note that an advising check sheet is an advising tool. Students should refer to and be familiar with their specific degree requirements and university academic policies stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin, particularly the UCA Core including Lower-Division Core Requirements as well as Upper-Division Core Requirements.

Bachelor of Music, Music Education Concentrations:

Music Education-Woodwind    Music Education-Brass     Music Education-Percussion     Music Education-Strings

Music Education-Piano Instrumental     Music Education-Piano Vocal     Music Education-Vocal

Bachelor of Music, Performance Concentrations:

Instrumental Performance    Piano Performance     Vocal Performance

Bachelor of Music, Composition Concentration:


Bachelor of Arts in Music and Music Minor:

Bachelor of Arts in Music     Minor in Music


Applying for Graduation

Undergraduate music majors should apply for graduation no later than three semesters/terms prior to your anticipated graduation term. The purpose of the graduation application is to verify all of your remaining graduation requirements to ensure they can successfully be completed prior to your proposed graduation term.

Click here to apply for graduation.

Once you apply, Mrs. Martens will complete the application and contact you when it is ready to review. Once you have reviewed and signed your completed application with Mrs. Martens, it will be sent to the UCA Registrar for review. You should then receive notification from the registrar’s office on the status of your application.


Helpful Links

 Academic Advising Center

Academic Calendar

Center for Writing and Communication 

CLEP- College Level Examination Program

Counseling Center

Disability Resource Center

Financial Aid

Office of Candidate Services (Teacher Education Program Admission)

Office of Student Success

Registrar Forms

Student Accounts

Tutoring Services