Music

B.S. in Music



The Bachelor of Science in Music is for students who desire a strong music program, together with a well-rounded liberal arts education. The curriculum combines practical music instruction, including private lessons; classes in music theory and music history; elective credits that can be used toward your chosen music concentration; and traditional liberal arts courses in science, history, literature, economics, political science, philosophy and foreign languages. The program ranges from 129 to 137 credits, depending on your course selection.

As a student in this program, you will work with faculty members who are active musicians with flourishing professional careers. 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.

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.


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.


Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.S. in Music 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 9 credits
Laboratory Science 8 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.S. in Music 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 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
Elective Music History/Literature Courses One of the following:
MUS 24 History of Rock Music 3.00
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 29 Masterpieces of Choral Music 3.00
MUS 33 Opera Performance Ensemble 0.00
MUS 41 Piano Literature of the 19th Century 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
MUS 114 Solo and Chamber Music Repertoire for Woodwinds 3.00
MUS 120 Chamber Music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven 2.00
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

Violin Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 50A Studio Lessons: Violin 1.00
MUS 50B Studio Lessons: Violin 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Violin - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Viola Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 51A Studio Lessons: Viola 1.00
MUS 51B Studio Lessons: Viola 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Viola - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Cello Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 52A Studio Lessons: Cello 1.00
MUS 52B Studio Lessons: Cello 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Cello - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Bass Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 53A Studio Lessons: Bass 1.00
MUS 53B Studio Lessons: Bass 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Bass - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Guitar Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 54A Studio Lessons: Guitar 1.00
MUS 54B Studio Lessons: Guitar 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Guitar - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Flute Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 60A Studio Lessons: Flute 1.00
MUS 60B Studio Lessons: Flute 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Flute - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Oboe Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 61A Studio Lessons: Oboe 1.00
MUS 61B Studio Lessons: Oboe 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Oboe - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Clarinet Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 62A Studio Lessons: Clarinet 1.00
MUS 62B Studio Lessons: Clarinet 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Clarinet - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Bassoon Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 63A Studio Lessons: Bassoon 1.00
MUS 63B Studio Lessons: Bassoon 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Bassoon - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Saxophone Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 64A Studio Lessons: Saxophone 1.00
MUS 64B Studio Lessons: Saxophone 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Saxophone - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Recorder Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 65A Studio Lessons: Recorder 1.00
MUS 65B Studio Lessons: Recorder 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Recorder - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Trumpet Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 70A Studio Lessons: Trumpet 1.00
MUS 70B Studio Lessons: Trumpet 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Trumpet - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Horn Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 71A Studio Lessons: Horn 1.00
MUS 71B Studio Lessons: Horn 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Horn - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Trombone Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 72A Studio Lessons: Trombone 1.00
MUS 72B Studio Lessons: Trombone 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Trombone - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Euphonium Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 73A Studio Lessons: Euphonium 1.00
MUS 73B Studio Lessons: Euphonium 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Euphonium - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Tuba Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 74A Studio Lessons: Tuba 1.00
MUS 74B Studio Lessons: Tuba 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Tuba - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Percussion Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 80A Studio Lessons: Percussion 1.00
MUS 80B Studio Lessons: Percussion 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Percussion - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Piano Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 83A Studio Lessons: Piano 1.00
MUS 83B Studio Lessons: Piano 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Piano - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Organ Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 84A Studio Lessons: Organ 1.00
MUS 84B Studio Lessons: Organ 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Organ - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75

Synthesizer Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 85A Studio Lessons: Synthesizer 1.00
MUS 85B Studio Lessons: Synthesizer 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Synthesizer - 43 credits
The minimum Music (MUS) GPA is 2.75
Voice Track
Eight credits in applied music lessons are required
MUS 88A Studio Lessons: Voice 1.00
MUS 88B Studio Lessons: Voice 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Performance & Ensemble Course
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 Voice - 43 credits
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 129 (128 for transfer students)
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 66
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