B.M. in Vocal Performance

The Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance offers students a full range of resources to develop their talent and prepare for a career in music. The 132-credit program combines challenging performance opportunities, a thorough grounding in music theory and history and a well-rounded liberal arts education. Each student showcases his or her talents at a half recital in the junior year and full recital in the senior year.

As a student in this program, you will work with faculty members who are active musicians with flourishing professional careers and extensive networking connections in the music world. In addition, you will have access to workshops and master classes conducted by high-profile musical artists from New York City and around the world. Music majors also perform on national and international tours organized and led by their professors. You also will have the opportunity to participate in one or more of LIU Post’s 16 ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional, and early music styles.

Qualities that Set Our Program Apart
  • You will work with some of the most talented and successful musicians and teachers in the New York metro area. Our faculty members are active musicians and teachers, and they represent some of the most cutting-edge and high profile people in the profession.
  • Our proximity to New York City and connection to Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on LIU Post Campus will give you direct access to a wide variety of outstanding professional music-making in the form of concerts, workshops, master classes and collaborative projects. Recent musical artists who have worked with our students include: the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Chanticleer Choral Ensemble, Shanghai String Quartet, Bobby McFerrin, United States “President’s Own” Marine Band, New York Voices, United States Air Force Band, guitarist David Leisner, flutist Sir James Galway, jazz artist Paquito D’Rivera, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
  • You will have an opportunity to make music as a soloist, chamber musician and large ensemble member both on campus, and as part of our domestic and international touring program.

Admission Requirements
  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

For admission to the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance program, evidence of prior music training experience and suitable music aptitude are expected. Auditions and placement exams are required for all programs. Deficiencies discovered through the placement exams may require remedial coursework. Please call the Department of Music at 516-299-2474 to schedule an audition at one of our audition days, or to make an appointment for an alternate date. Acceptance into the music program is also contingent upon acceptance to LIU Post. See the Freshman ( or Transfer ( admissions websites for more information.

Auditions for Admission

As a prospective undergraduate music major, you may compete through audition for performance awards.

Audition Days will be posted on the university’s website and routinely updated print media. Alternate dates by appointment.
Auditions will be held in the LIU Post Fine Arts Center. You can register to audition by completing the online Audition Registration Form at To register by phone or schedule an appointment for an alternate date, call 516-299-2474 or contact us through email at

Professional attire is expected.

For Vocalists:
  • Two pieces of contrasting styles. One selection must be in a language other than English. The other Classical selection may be in English if desired, or another foreign language.
  • Exploration of vocal range and aural abilities.

An accompanist will be provided if you require one, or you may bring your own accompanist if you wish.

Placement Exams:
The audition day includes evaluations in music aptitude, sight-singing, and music theory in addition to the performance audition. Deficiencies discovered through the placement exams may require remedial coursework.

B.M. in Vocal Performance Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.M. in Vocal Performance must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
Fine Arts 3 credits (excluding all MUS courses)
History/Philosophy 6 credits(in one area)
Laboratory Science 4 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Competencies Computer, Library, Oral
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

B.M. in Vocal Performance Major Requirements
* Student must receive a grade of C or better in all MUS courses *
* Student may be advised to take 0.00 credit courses for 1.00 credit *
Required Music Theory Courses
MUS 14A Introduction to Music Technology 3.00
MUS 90 Harmony and Counterpoint I 3.00
MUS 90A Sight Singing I 1.00
MUS 90B Keyboard Harmony I 1.00
MUS 91 Harmony and Counterpoint II 3.00
MUS 91A Sight Singing II 1.00
MUS 91B Keyboard Harmony II 1.00
MUS 92 Harmony and Counterpoint III 3.00
MUS 92A Sight Singing III 1.00
MUS 92B Keyboard Harmony III 1.00
MUS 93 Harmony and Counterpoint IV 3.00
MUS 93A Sight Singing IV 1.00
Required Music History/Literature Courses
MUS 46 Introduction to World Music 3.00
MUS 21 Music in Western Civilization I 3.00
MUS 22 Music in Western Civilization II 3.00
MUS 23 Music in Western Civilization III 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
One of the following:
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 29 Masterpieces of Choral Music 3.00
MUS 24 History of Rock 3.00
Required Applied Music Courses
MUS 13 Vocal Diction 2.00
MUS 16P Vocal Pedagogy 2.00
MUS 20 Conducting I 2.00
MUS 40A Choral Conducting 2.00
Two credits of the following:
MUS 31 Alexander Technique 2.00
Two credits from the following:
MUS 39 Vocal Performance Workshop 0.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 49A Studio Lessons: Vocal Coaching 1.00
MUS 49B Studio Lessons: Vocal Coaching 2.00
Required Applied Vocal Music Lessons Sixteen credits of the following:
MUS 88A Studio Lessons: Voice 1.00
MUS 88B Studio Lessons: Voice 2.00
Eight credits of the following:
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B Studio Lessons: Piano 2.00
MUS 83C Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83D Studio Lessons: Piano 2.00
Required Recital Courses
MUS 150 Junior Recital 0.00
MUS 151 Senior Recital 0.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Taken every semester
MUS 5 Chorus (every semester, AND) 0.00
MUS 5A Chamber Singers (AND/OR) 0.00
MUS 5C Vocal Jazz Ensemble 0.00
Successful completion of the Music Theory Comprehensive Exam and the Music History Comprehensive Exam is required of all undergraduate music majors. Enrollment in Music Review (MUS 100) may be required dependent upon results of the comprehensive examinations.
MUS 100 Music Review 3.00
Electives (8 credits): Courses that are not being used to satisfy major or core requirements.
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 132
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 36
Minimum Major Credits: 65
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.50
Minimum Major GPA: 2.75


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean