B.M. in in Music Education (Birth to Grade 12)

Joint Program with the College of Education, Information and Technology

Music teachers combine a love of music with a love of teaching. By highlighting performance, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education recognizes that teachers teach by example as well as classroom instruction.

As a student in this 120-credit program, you will work with faculty members who are highly experienced music education scholars and 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 many ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional, and early music styles.

The B.M. in Music Education program provides a strong foundation in musicianship, excellence in performance, and research-based pedagogical practice. Field-based experiences promote music teaching and learning in real life situations and prepare students for New York State Initial Teaching Certification. The award-winning LIU Post collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) provides diverse teaching and learning opportunities for pre-service teachers including those that reach persons with special needs as well as Pre-K and aging populations.

Along with a well-rounded liberal arts curriculum and a core of courses in music history and theory and general classroom teaching, the program includes 12 credits of applied music: one-to-one lessons in your instrument or voice. All students give a recital in the first semester of their senior year, followed by a semester of supervised student-teaching.

As a music teacher you will make an important difference in the lives of your students. While introducing young people to the joys of singing, playing and listening to music, you will be contributing to their cognitive development, fine-motor competence, cultural awareness and literacy skills.

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. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • 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 develop your real-world teaching and networking skills through PreK-16 partnerships with local schools and community music programs.
  • 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.
  • Music majors can become members of the Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (CNAfME), which promotes excellence in music teaching and learning through its outreach programs, national and international guest speakers, and conference participation.
  • As a graduate of our Music Education Program you will be a competent, qualified and caring music educator, fully prepared to seek and obtain a music teaching position.


  • 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 in Music Education 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 the LIU Post. See the Freshman ( or Transfer ( admissions websites for more information.


As a prospective undergraduate music major, you may compete through audition for performance awards.


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 this online Audition Registration Form. To register by phone or schedule an appointment for an alternate date, call 516-299-2474 or contact us through email at


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.

Accompanist: 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.

B.M. in Music Education Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.M. in Music Education must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
Post Foundations 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Social Sciences 12 credits
Sciences 4 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Philosophy 3 credits
History 3 credits
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the Core Curriculum section of the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin.
B.M. in Music Education Major Requirements
All music education majors will complete the music education sequence, which includes MUS 15, 17A, 17F, 18A, 19A, 19B, 19C, and 19D. Music education majors with an instrumental concentration are required to take MUS 17D Instrumental Methods. Music education majors with a choral concentration are required to take MUS 17C Secondary Choral Methods. Music education students are encouraged to take both MUS 17C and MUS 17D to ensure a broader understanding of music teaching and the learning process. Great care is taken in preparing candidates for the student teaching experience and for the workplace upon graduation. Departmental competency requirements in music education, which all music education majors must complete, are designed to ensure best practices in student teaching and to graduate caring, competent, and qualified music educators.
Entering freshman will receive information pertaining to current and updated departmental competency requirements in music education, as well as all mid-degree and exit requirements.
Music education students are required to: a) participate in at least two Collegiate National Association for Music Education (NAfME) sponsored on-campus music education workshops; b) successfully complete the Sophomore Review; c) participate in the Rompertunes early childhood music education program, d) successfully complete 100 hours of pre-student teaching field observation; e) meet the requirements of the pre-student teaching eligibility portfolio and Interview; f) complete NY State teaching certification examinations prior to graduation; and g) meet the requirements of the exit portfolio. Details concerning the above requirements are available from the director of music education.
Required Education Courses
Student must receive a grade of C or better in all EDI, EDS and MUS courses
EDI 14 Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Education 3.00
EDI 15A Psychological Perspectives: Teaching and Learning 3.00
EDI 16A Curriculum and Assessment for Pre-service Teachers 3.00
EDI 38 Supervised Student Teaching in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) 6.00
EDS 44G Music Foundations For Teaching Special Learners 3.00
EDS 60 Literacy Development: Birth-Grade 6 3.00
Required Education Seminars
CATX 100 Child Abuse Identification & Reporting 0.00
DASK 100 Dignity in Schools Act 0.00
EDUX 100 Project S.A.V.E. – Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act 0.00
EDUX 200 Preventing Child Abduction; Safety Education; Fire & Arson 0.00
EDUX 300 Preventing Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Substance Abuse 0.00
Students are required to do one of the following: a foreign language course, American Sign Language (SPE 98), or Equivalent milestone (with permission from the department chair).
Required Music Education Courses
MUS 15 Introduction to Music Education 1.00
MUS 17A Elementary General Music Methods 3.00
MUS 17F Technology and Music Education 2.00
MUS 19A Brass Methods 0.50
MUS 19B String Methods 0.50
MUS 19C Woodwind Methods 0.50
MUS 19D Percussion Methods 0.50
One specialization course from the following:
MUS 17C Secondary Choral Music Methods 3.00
MUS 17D Instrumental Music Methods 3.00
Music Education Elective
One course from the following:
MUS 16P Vocal Pedagogy 2.00
MUS 16T Marching Band Techniques 2.00
MUS 35 Band Literature, Techniques and Practices 2.00
MUS 36 String Literature, Techniques and Practices 2.00
MUS 37 Choral Literature, Techniques and Practices 2.00
MUS 111 Guitar Pedagogy 2.00
Required Music Courses
Required Musicianship Core Courses
MUS 106A Basic Keyboard I 1.00
MUS 106B Basic Keyboard II 1.00
MUS 107A Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony I 2.00
MUS 107B Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony II 2.00
MUS 107C Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony III 2.00
MUS 107D Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony IV 2.00
MUS 108A Aural Skills I 2.00
MUS 108B Aural Skills II 2.00
MUS 108C Aural Skills III 2.00
MUS 108D Aural Skills IV 2.00
MUS 109 Arranging, Orchestration and Analysis 2.00
Required Music History/Literature Courses
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
MUS 46 Introduction to World Music 3.00
Required Applied Music Courses
MUS 20 Conducting I 2.00
MUS 40
(Or) 40A
Instrumental Conducting
(Or) Choral Conducting
Required Music Lessons
Eight credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument from the following:
  • Violin (50A/B), Viola (51A/B), Cello (52A/B), Bass (53A/B)
  • Guitar (54A/B)
  • Flute (60A/B), Oboe (61A/B), Clarinet (62A/B), Bassoon (63A/B), Saxophone (64A/B)
  • Trumpet (70A/B), Horn (71A/B), Trombone (72A/B), Euphonium (73A/B), Tuba (74A/B)
  • Percussion (80A/B)
  • Piano (83A/B)
  • Voice (88A/B)

Music education students are strongly encouraged to take sixteen credits of Studio Lessons.
Some of these additional lessons may be taken on the following instruments:

  • Jazz Bass (53C/D)
  • Jazz Guitar (54C/D)
  • Jazz Flute (60C/D), Jazz Clarinet (62C/D), Jazz Saxophone (64C/D)
  • Jazz Trumpet (70C/D), Jazz Trombone (72C/D)
  • Jazz Percussion (80C/D)
  • Jazz Piano (83C/D)
  • Jazz Voice 88C/D)

Lessons are offered each semester for 1 or 2 credits.

One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.50
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.50
MUS 7 Orchestra 0.50
Taken every semester except during Student Teaching
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Recital Course
MUS 151 Senior Recital 0.00
Successful completion of the Music Theory Comprehensive Exam and the Music History Comprehensive Exam is required of all undergraduate music majors.


College of Arts, Communications & Design
Dr. Jennifer Holmes, Dean
Kahn 100, Kahn Hall