Music

B.M. in Instrumental Performance


The Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Performance offers students a full range of resources to develop their talent and prepare for a career in music. Our 120-credit curriculum 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 many ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional, and early music styles.

Within the Instrumental Performance concentration, there are seven areas of specialization:

  • Brass Studies
  • Guitar Studies
  • Jazz Studies
  • Percussion Studies
  • Piano Studies
  • String Studies
  • Woodwind Studies

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 Instrumental 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 (www.liu.edu/post/freshman) or Transfer (www.liu.edu/post/transfer) admissions websites for more information.

AUDITIONS FOR ADMISSION

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

Schedule

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 this online Audition Registration Form. To register by phone or schedule an appointment for an alternate date, call 516-299-2474 or contact us through email at post-music@liu.edu.

Requirements

Professional attire is expected.

For Instrumentalists (Classical):

  • Two pieces of contrasting styles. These could be two complete pieces or individual movements from two different works.
  • Major scales.
  • Sight-reading.
  • Percussionists: audition repertoire should include: (1) advanced snare drum solo; (2) two- mallet keyboard piece (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone); (3) two-drum timpani piece.

For Instrumentalists (Jazz):

  • Demonstrate knowledge of scales and arpeggios.
  • Sight-read an excerpt from a big band or combo arrangement.
  • Perform (3) jazz compositions or standards of your choosing. Your 3 selections must include one up-tempo selection, one medium tempo and one ballad. We recommend that one of your selections be a different feel other than swing; i.e. samba, straight eighth, cha-cha, etc. One of your selections must be a blues. Please be prepared to play the melody and improvise on each tune (only a half-chorus is necessary on the ballad).
  • Bassists: demonstrate your ability to play a "two-feel" and "walk" a bass line on each selection. Ability to demonstrate different Latin styles is encouraged. Doubling on electric bass is highly recommended. If you only play eclectic bass, we will encourage you to also study upright bass upon entering the program.
  • Drummers: demonstrate the ability to use brushes on your ballad selection. You will be also asked to trade "4's" or "8's" on your medium or up-tempo selection. Ability to demonstrate different Latin styles is encouraged.
  • Guitarists/Pianists: demonstrate your ability to "comp" on each selection..
  • Presenting original compositions at your audition is highly recommended but not required.

Accompanist: 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 Instrumental Performance Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.M. in Instrumental Performance must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
Post Foundations 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Social Sciences 12 credits
Sciences 4 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Philosophy 3 credits
History 3 credits
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the Core Curriculum section of the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin.
B.M. in Instrumental Performance Major Requirements
Student must receive a grade of C or better in all MUS courses
Required Musicianship Core Courses
MUS 14A Introduction to Music Technology 3.00
MUS 106A Basic Keyboard I 1.00
MUS 106B Basic Keyboard II 1.00
MUS 107A Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony I 2.00
MUS 107B Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony II 2.00
MUS 107C Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony III 2.00
MUS 107D Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony IV 2.00
MUS 108A Aural Skills I 2.00
MUS 108B Aural Skills II 2.00
MUS 108C Aural Skills III 2.00
MUS 108D Aural Skills IV 2.00
MUS 109 Arranging, Orchestration and Analysis 2.00
Required Music History/Literature Courses
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 46 Introduction to World Music 3.00
Required Applied Music Courses
MUS 20 Conducting I 2.00
MUS 40 Instrumental Conducting 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Recital Courses
MUS 150 Junior Recital 0.00
MUS 151 Senior Recital 0.00
Instrumental Performance majors are required to take the following for at least two semesters:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.00
Additional Music Course
MUS 130 Professional Preparation for a Music Career 1.00
One course from the following:
ARM 62 Principles and Practices of the Music Industry 3.00
PR 62 Arts and Entertainment Promotion 3.00
CGPH 26 Web Design for Non-Art Majors 3.00
MKT 11 Marketing Principles and Practices 3.00
Successful completion of the Music Theory Comprehensive Exam and the Music History Comprehensive Exam is required of all undergraduate music majors.
Additional Brass Specialization Requirements
Elective Music History/Literature Course
One of the following:
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Sixteen credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument from the following:
Trumpet (70A/B), Horn (71A/B), Trombone (72A/B), Euphonium (73A/B), Tuba (74A/B)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Lessons in Jazz Trumpet (70C/D) or Jazz Trombone (72C/D) may be taken to satisfy some primary applied instrument Studio Lessons requirements with permission of the Director of Brass Studies.
Four credits of the following:
MUS 49C Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 1.00
MUS 49D Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 2.00
Required every semester
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 1.00
Seven credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 1.00
Additional Guitar Specialization Requirements
Required Music History/Literature Course
MUS 110 Guitar Literature 2.00
Required Music Lessons
Sixteen credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument from the following:
Guitar (54A/B)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Lessons in Jazz Guitar (54C/D) may be taken to satisfy some primary applied instrument Studio Lessons requirements with permission of the Director of Guitar Studies.
Two credits of the following:
MUS 98D Fingerboard Harmony 1.00
Required every semester
MUS 6D Guitar Ensemble 1.00
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 1.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 1.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 1.00
Two credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 1.00
Additional Jazz Specialization Requirements
Required Music Theory Course
MUS 92J Jazz Harmony 3.00
Required Music History/Literature Course
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Eight credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument from the following:
  • Bass (53A/B)
  • Guitar (54A/B)
  • Flute (60A/B), Clarinet (62A/B), Saxophone (64A/B)
  • Trumpet (70A/B), Trombone (72A/B)
  • Percussion (80A/B)
  • Piano (83A/B)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Required Music Lessons
Four credits of MUS Jazz Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument from the following:
  • Jazz Bass (53C/D)
  • Jazz Guitar (54C/D)
  • Jazz Flute (60C/D), Jazz Clarinet (62C/D), Jazz Saxophone (64C/D)
  • Jazz Trumpet (70C/D), Jazz Trombone (72C/D)
  • Jazz Percussion (80C/D)
  • Jazz Piano (83C/D)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Four credits of the following:
MUS 49K Studio Lessons: Jazz Coaching 1.00
MUS 49L Studio Lessons: Jazz Coaching 2.00
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.50
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.50
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.50
Required every semester:
MUS 6A Jazz Ensemble 1.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 105 Jazz Combo 1.00
Additional Percussion Specialization Requirements
Elective Music History/Literature Course
One of the following:
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Twenty credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument:
Percussion (80A/B), Jazz Percussion (80C/D)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Two credits of the following:
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B Studio Lessons: Piano 2.00
Required every semester:
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 1.00
Five credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 1.00
Additional Piano Specialization Requirements
Additional Applied Music Courses
MUS 12 Accompanying 3.00
MUS 118 Piano Performance Techniques and Literature 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Twenty credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument:
Piano (83A/B)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Lessons in Jazz Piano (83C/D) may be taken to satisfy some primary applied Studio Lessons requirements with permission of the Director of Piano Studies.
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 1.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 1.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 1.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 1.00
Additional String Specialization Requirements
Elective Music History/Literature Course
One of the following:
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Sixteen credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument from the following:
Violin (50A/B), Viola (51A/B), Cello (52A/B), Bass (53A/B)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Lessons in Jazz Bass (53C/D) may be taken to satisfy some primary applied instrument Studio Lessons requirements with permission of the Director of String Studies.
Four credits from the following:
MUS 49C Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 1.00
MUS 49D Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 2.00
Required every semester:
MUS 7 Orchestra 1.00
Seven credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 1.00
Additional Woodwind Specialization Requirements
Elective Music History/Literature Course
One of the following:
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Sixteen credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument from the following:
Flute (60A/B), Oboe (61A/B), Clarinet (62A/B), Bassoon (63A/B), Saxophone (64A/B)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Lessons in Jazz Flute (60C/D), Jazz Clarinet (62C/D) or Jazz Saxophone (64C/D) may be taken to satisfy some primary applied instrument Studio Lessons requirements with permission of the Director of Woodwind Studies.
Four credits from the following:
MUS 49C Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 1.00
MUS 49D Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 2.00
Required every semester:
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 1.00
Seven credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 1.00

Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 120
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 38
Required Music Major Credits: 81
Elective Credits: 1
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.00
Minimum Major GPA: 2.00


CONTACT

College of Arts, Communications & Design
Steven Breese, Dean