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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. Our 120-credit 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.

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 across the country 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 many 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 Science in 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 ( or Transfer ( admissions websites for more information.

Auditions for Admission

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 (Classical):

  • 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 Instrumentalists (Jazz):

  • Demonstrate knowledge of scales and arpeggios.
  • Sight-read an excerpt from a big band or combo arrangement.
  • Perform (3) jazz compositions or standards of your choosing. Your 3 selections must include one up-tempo selection, one medium tempo and one ballad. We recommend that one of your selections be a different feel other than swing; i.e. samba, straight eighth, cha-cha, etc. One of your selections must be a blues. Please be prepared to play the melody and improvise on each tune (only a half-chorus is necessary on the ballad).
  • Bassists: demonstrate your ability to play a "two-feel" and "walk" a bass line on each selection. Ability to demonstrate different Latin styles is encouraged. Doubling on electric bass is highly recommended. If you only play eclectic bass, we will encourage you to also study upright bass upon entering the program.
  • Drummers: demonstrate the ability to use brushes on your ballad selection. You will be also asked to trade "4's" or "8's" on your medium or up-tempo selection. Ability to demonstrate different Latin styles is encouraged.
  • Guitarists/Pianists: demonstrate your ability to "comp" on each selection.
  • Presenting original compositions at your audition is highly recommended but not required.

For Vocalists (Classical):

  • 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.

For Vocalists (Jazz):

  • Two choruses of a medium swing jazz standard. Sing the melody and lyrics as notated on the first chorus and then embellish or improvise (scat) on some portion of the second chorus.
  • A ballad from the Great American Songbook.

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.S. in Music Thematic Core Curriculum
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.S. in Music must satisfy all thematic core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Seminar 3 credits
Writing I 3 credits
Writing II 3 credits
Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World 4 credits
Creativity, Media & the Arts (excluding all MUS courses) 3 credits
Self, Society & Ethics 3 credits
Perspectives on World Cultures 3 credots
Power, Institutions & Structures 3 credits
Additional course from one cluster 3-4 credits
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the Core Curriculum section of the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin.
B.S. in Music Major Requirements
Student must receive a grade of C or better in all MUS 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
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)
Instrumental Conducting (Or)
Choral Conducting

Required Music Lessons
Eight credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument from the following list:
  • Violin (50A/B), Viola (51A/B), Cello (52A/B), Bass (53A/B), Jazz Bass (53C/D)
  • Guitar (54A/B), Jazz Guitar (54C/D)
  • Flute (60A/B), Jazz Flute (60C/D), Oboe (61A/B), Clarinet (62A/B), Jazz Clarinet (62C/D), Bassoon (63A/B), Saxophone (64A/B), Jazz Saxophone (64C/D)
  • Trumpet (70A/B), Jazz Trumpet (70C/D), Horn (71A/B), Trombone (72A/B), Jazz Trombone (72C/D), Euphonium (73A/B), Tuba (74A/B)
  • Percussion (80A/B), Jazz Percussion (80C/D)
  • Piano (83A/B), Jazz Piano (83C/D)
  • Voice (88A/B), Jazz Voice 88C/D)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Required Performance & Ensemble Course
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 1.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 1.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 1.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 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