The 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.
Applicants to the Master of Arts program must meet the following requirements for admission:
Graduate applicants can send their admissions materials to:
Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Suite 102
Canton, MA 02021
International applicants should send their admissions materials to:
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548-1300 USA
Send these additional materials to:
Dr. Paul Kim
Department of Music
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300
Or by e-mail:Paul.Kim@liu.edu
CONCENTRATION IN THEORY AND COMPOSITION
The 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 large-scale musical composition may be submitted to satisfy this requirement.
An audition is required for applicants interested in pursuing the M.A. in Music with a Concentration in Performance.
Audition Days will be posted on the university’s website and routinely updated in print media. Alternate dates by appointment.
Professional attire is expected.
Percussionists: Audition repertoire should include: (1) advanced snare drum solo; (2) two mallet keyboard piece (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone); (3) two-drum timpani piece.
Performance applicants from abroad or distant geographical regions for whom travel to LIU Post to audition is not possible should submit a video recording of the audition performance either on DVD or via a web link (such as YouTube video) in lieu of a live audition. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
|Required Music Course|
|MUS 608||Seminar in Musicology||3.00|
|Elective Music Theory & Composition Courses
Four of the following:
|MUS 518||The Study of Musical Form||3.00|
|MUS 520||Jazz Composition and Arranging||3.00|
|MUS 611||Polyphonic and Harmonic Analysis||3.00|
|MUS 613||Seminar Harmony and Counterpoint||3.00|
|MUS 616||Analysis of 20th Century Music||3.00|
|MUS 619||Seminar in Composition||3.00|
|Elective Music History & Literature Course
One of the following:
|MUS 540||Criteria for Musical Performance||3.00|
|MUS 600||Opera History||3.00|
|MUS 601||Seminar in the History of Music I||3.00|
|MUS 602||Seminar in the History of Music II||3.00|
|MUS 603||Seminar in the History of Music III||3.00|
|MUS 604||Seminar in the History of Music IV||3.00|
|Required Music Thesis Courses|
|MUS 707||Research Methods||3.00|
|MUS 708||Thesis Seminar||3.00|
|Elective Music Courses
Students are required to complete 12 credits in Music in the 500, 600, or 700 series
|3.00 Cumulative GPA Required
The minimum Overall GPA 3.00
College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor
Moreen Mitchell, J.D.