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. 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.

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

  1. Brass Studies
  2. Guitar Studies
  3. Jazz Studies
  4. Percussion Studies
  5. Piano Studies
  6. String Studies
  7. 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 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 in 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 www.liu.edu/post/music. 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:
  • 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.

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 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 Instrumental 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
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
Required Applied Music Courses
MUS 20 Conducting I 2.00
MUS 40 Instrumental Conducting 2.00
Two credits of the following:
MUS 39 Performance Workshop 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

Brass Specialization
Additional Music Theory Courses
MUS 93 Harmony and Counterpoint IV 3.00
MUS 93A Sight Singing IV 1.00
Additional Music Courses
MUS 31 Alexander Technique 2.00
MUS 130 Professional Preparation for a Music Career 1.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 0.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 49C Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 1.00
MUS 49D Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 2.00
Elective Music History/Literature Courses
Two of the following:
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
MUS 24 History of Rock 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Required sixteen credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument
MUS 70A Studio Lessons: Trumpet 1.00
MUS 70B Studio Lessons: Trumpet 2.00
MUS 71A Studio Lessons: Horn 1.00
MUS 71B Studio Lessons: Horn 2.00
MUS 72A Studio Lessons: Trombone 1.00
MUS 72B Studio Lessons: Trombone 2.00
MUS 73A Studio Lessons: Euphonium 1.00
MUS 73B Studio Lessons: Euphonium 2.00
MUS 74A Studio Lessons: Tuba 1.00
MUS 74B Studio Lessons: Tuba 2.00
Eight credits of the following:
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B 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
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.00
Electives - 7 credits
The minimum MUS GPA is 2.75

Guitar Specialization
Additional Music Theory Courses
MUS 93 Harmony and Counterpoint IV 3.00
MUS 93A Sight Singing IV 1.00
Additional Music Courses
MUS 49C Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 1.00
MUS 111 Guitar Pedagogy 2.00
MUS 130 Professional Preparation for a Music Career 1.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 98D Fingerboard Harmony 1.00
Two credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 0.00
Required Music History/Literature Courses
Six credits of the following:
MUS 110A Guitar Literature I
MUS 110B Guitar Literature II 2.00
Required Music Lessons
Sixteen credits of the following:
MUS 54A Studio Lessons: Guitar 1.00
MUS 54B Studio Lessons: Guitar 2.00
Eight credits of the following:
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B 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
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.00
Electives - 8 credits
The minimum MUS GPA is 2.75

Percussion Specialization
Additional Music Theory Courses
MUS 93 Harmony and Counterpoint IV 3.00
MUS 93A Sight Singing IV 1.00
Additional Music Courses
MUS 130 Professional Preparation for a Music Career 1.00
Three credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 0.00
Elective Music History/Literature Courses
Two of the following:
MUS 24 History of Rock 3.00
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Twenty credits from the following:
MUS 80A Studio Lessons: Percussion 1.00
MUS 80B Studio Lessons: Percussion 2.00
MUS 80C Studio Lessons: Percussion 1.00
MUS 80D Studio Lessons: Percussion 2.00
Ten credits of the following:
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B 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
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.00
Electives - 8 credits
The minimum MUS GPA is 2.75

Piano Specialization
Additional Music Theory Courses
MUS 93 Harmony and Counterpoint IV 3.00
MUS 93A Sight Singing IV 1.00
Additional Music Courses
MUS 12 Accompanying 3.00
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 0.00
MUS 102 Piano Literature of the 17th & 18th Centuries 2.00
MUS 104 Piano Literature of the 20th Century 2.00
MUS 112 Piano Performance Practice 2.00
Elective Applied Music Courses
Any eight credits in undergraduate Applied Music courses (must meet with department for input)
Required Music History/Literature Courses
MUS 41 Piano Literature of the 19th Century 3.00
MUS 120 Chamber Music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven 2.00
Required Music Lessons
Sixteen credits from the following:
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B 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
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.00
Electives - 8 credits
The minimum MUS GPA is 2.75

Jazz Specialization
Additional Music Theory Courses
MUS 92J Jazz Harmony 3.00
MUS 98A Jazz Improvisation I 2.00
Additional Music Courses
MUS 130 Professional Preparation for a Music Career 1.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 105 Jazz Combo 0.00
Elective Applied Music Courses
Any five credits in undergraduate Applied Music courses (must meet with department for input)
Required Music History/Literature Course
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
One of the following:
MUS 24 History of Rock 3.00
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 29 Masterpieces of Choral Music 3.00
MUS 41 Piano Literature of the 19th Century 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Piano Literature of the 19th Century
Sixteen credits from the following: MUS 50A through 85A, 50B through 85B, 53C through 80C, 53D through 80D
Eight credits of the following:
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B 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
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.00
Electives - 7 credits
The minimum MUS GPA is 2.75

String Specialization
Additional Music Theory Courses
MUS 93 Harmony and Counterpoint IV 3.00
MUS 93A Sight Singing IV 1.00
Additional Music Courses
MUS 115 Orchestral Repertoire for Strings 1.00
MUS 130 Professional Preparation for a Music Career 1.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 49C Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 1.00
MUS 49D Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 2.00
Three credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 0.00
Required Music History/Literature Courses
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 120 Chamber Music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven 2.00
Required Music Lessons
Required sixteen credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument
MUS 50A Studio Lessons: Violin 1.00
MUS 50B Studio Lessons: Violin 2.00
MUS 51A Studio Lessons: Viola 1.00
MUS 51B Studio Lessons: Viola 2.00
MUS 52A Studio Lessons: Cello 1.00
MUS 52B Studio Lessons: Cello 2.00
MUS 53A Studio Lessons: Bass 1.00
MUS 53B Studio Lessons: Bass 2.00
Eight credits of the following:
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B 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
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.00
Electives - 8 credits
The minimum MUS GPA is 2.75

Woodwind Specialization
Additional Music Theory Courses
MUS 93 Harmony and Counterpoint IV 3.00
MUS 93A Sight Singing IV 1.00
Additional Music Courses
MUS 130 Professional Preparation for a Music Career 1.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 49C Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 1.00
MUS 49D Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 2.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 101 Chamber Music Ensembles 0.00
Elective Applied Music Course
Any one credit in undergraduate Applied Music courses
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.00
MUS 6A Jazz Ensemble 0.00
MUS 6B Merriweather Consort 0.00
MUS 6C Percussion Ensemble 0.00
MUS 6D Guitar Ensemble 0.00
MUS 6E Brass Ensemble 0.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.00
MUS 7A Flute Ensemble 0.00
MUS 7B Contemporary Ensemble 0.00
MUS 7C Wind Ensemble 0.00
MUS 31 Alexander Technique 2.00
MUS 39 Performance Workshop 0.00
MUS 49C Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 1.00
MUS 49D Studio Lessons: Instrumental Coaching 2.00
MUS 49E Studio Lessons: Advanced Conducting 1.00
MUS 49F Studio Lessons: Advanced Conducting 2.00
MUS 98A Jazz Improvisation I 2.00
Required Music History/Literature Courses
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 114 Solo and Chamber Music Repertoire for Woodwinds 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Required sixteen credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument
MUS 60A Studio Lessons: Flute 1.00
MUS 60B Studio Lessons: Flute 2.00
MUS 61A Studio Lessons: Oboe 1.00
MUS 61B Studio Lessons: Oboe 2.00
MUS 62A Studio Lessons: Clarinet 1.00
MUS 62B Studio Lessons: Clarinet 2.00
MUS 63A Studio Lessons: Bassoon 1.00
MUS 63B Studio Lessons: Bassoon 2.00
MUS 64A Studio Lessons: Saxophone 1.00
MUS 64B Studio Lessons: Saxophone 2.00
MUS 65A Studio Lessons: Recorder 1.00
MUS 65B Studio Lessons: Recorder 2.00
Required Music Lessons
Eight credits from the following:
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B 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
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.00
Electives - 8 credits
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 132
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 36
Minimum Major Credits: 73
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.50
Minimum Major GPA: 2.75

CONTACT

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

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean
Moreen.Mitchell@liu.edu