The growing understanding of music theory and history must be accompanied by increasing skill in some performing medium. Membership in a major performing organization (Chorus, Orchestra, or Symphonic Band) is required for all music majors throughout their tenure at LIU Post. Ensembles are offered for zero or one credit per semester. Music majors, however, must register for zero credit in their primary ensemble. Transcripts will reflect all participation in performing ensembles.
All music majors must register for Convocation (MUS 4) each semester. Convocation meets at the designated activity hour and may include guest lecturers, artists and master classes. All Music majors are also required to attend at least three Department of Music concerts/recitals per semester.
All music majors taking applied music lessons are required to sing or play before a jury at the end of each semester of applied instruction. The results of the jury performance will be reflected in the final grade. Upon completion of the music theory and music history course sequences, all music majors must complete two Comprehensive Examinations (Music Theory and Music History), which cover the content of those course sequences. The purpose of these examinations is to determine weaknesses in the student’s knowledge that can still be remedied during the senior year. Deficiencies detected at this time may require a student to take the Senior Music Review (MUS 100). All music majors must achieve a grade of “C” or higher to be given degree credit for any MUS course. Students may also not move on to the next level of any sequentially based series of MUS courses unless a grade of “C” or higher is achieved.
In order for music majors to maintain music major standing, and thereby have access to MUS courses, all music majors must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 in their major (MUS courses for the B.M. and B.S. in Music; MUS and EDU courses for the B.M. and B.S. in Music Education) and a grade point average of 2.5 overall. Should a student fall below the minimum grade point averages, the student will be considered on academic probation.
Students in the pre-professional programs in music are required to rehearse and perform. Professional behavior dictates attending scheduled rehearsals, performances and other meetings of each performing group. Being on time and prepared for all such activities is essential. Students who have unexcused tardiness or absences from scheduled meetings, rehearsals and performances may be subject to a monetary penalty. These fines range from $25-$100. Failure to pay these fines may result in an academic block; delay of graduation; and/or subject the student to dismissal from the pre-professional program.