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M.A. in Music – Concentration in Theory and Composition

Music Theory and CompositionThe 36-credit Master of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Theory and Composition offers an in-depth study of tonal and atonal harmony, form, arranging, orchestration, and development of an individual’s compositional technique. The rich array of courses taught by our outstanding faculty of professional musicians and educators ranges from “Polyphonic and Harmonic Analysis” and “Orchestration” to “Jazz Composition and Arranging” and “Music Notation at the Computer.” A thesis is required to complete this degree program. An acceptable musical composition may be submitted to satisfy this requirement.

The degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers including music historian, solo or group performer, accompanist, chamber musician/singer, studio musician, composition/theory specialist, music educator, music technology specialist, private school teacher, private studio instructor or music producer.

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 at LIU Post 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.