Bachelor of Music

BM Vocal Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance provides students with a full range of resources to develop their talent and prepare for a music career. Students receive exclusive individualized vocal training from LIU’s prestigious faculty and world-renowned visiting artists. Aspiring performers sharpen their aural skills, study the roots of musical theory, delve into the technical aspects of songwriting and vocal dictation, while preparing for a professional career in the music industry.

In addition to world-class training, Vocal Performance students engage with visiting artists, participate in competitive internships, and have a variety of opportunities to perform. Unique electives, such as The Business of Shawn Carter and The Making of the Album enable students to peek behind the scenes of the music industry in a way that only the one-of-a-kind partnership between LIU and Roc Nation can provide. While attending the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment, students develop invaluable industry connections that will continue to open doors long after graduation.

Qualities that Set Our Program Apart:

  • Students work with New York City’s most talented musicians and decorated scholars. LIU’s faculty members are active musicians and are the most cutting-edge and high-profile professionals in the industry.
  • LIU’s location in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn provides students with direct access to the best of New York City’s vibrant arts community, including outstanding concerts, workshops, master classes, and collaborative projects.​​


Major Requirements

Course # Course Name
Required Musicianship Courses
MUS 141 Intro to Music Technology
MUS 107A Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony I
MUS 107B Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony II
MUS 107C Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony III
MUS 107D Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony IV
MUS 108A Aural Skills I
MUS 108B Aural Skills II
MUS 108C Aural Skills III
MUS 108D Aural Skills IV
Required Applied Music Courses
MUS 4 Music Convocation
MUS 13 Vocal Diction
MUS 16P Vocal Pedagogy
MUS 150 Junior Recital Ensemble
MUS 151 Senior Recital Ensemble
TEP 146 Songwriting
TEP 164 Advanced Songwriting
Professional Practice in the Music Industry
MUS 130 Professional Preparation for a Music Career
ARM 162 Principles and Practices of the Music Industry
Required Music History/Literature Courses
MUS 147 History of Rock and Roll and Popular Music
MUS 148 History of Rhythm and Blues and Hip Hop
MUS 241 Women in Music
Music Concentration
MUS 88A/B Studio Lessons
MUS 49A/B Vocal Coaching
MUS 5C Vocal Jazz Ensemble
MUS 5 Chorus
Recommended Music Electives
MUS 211 Monetization of Music
MUS 221 The Business of Shawn Carter
MUS 231 The Making of the Album
MUS 24 History of Rhythm and Blues
MUS 25 History of Hip Hop
MUS 26 History of Rock n’ Roll
MUS 27 History of Pop Music
MUS 28 History of Country Music
MUS 46 Intro to World Music

Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
English Composition
ENG 16/16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-Modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3


Colin Levin
Director of Vocal Performance Program
Specialty: Vocal Literature

Roswitha Bartussek
Specialty: Voice

Carrie Erving
Specialty: Voice/ Songwriting

Alba Quezada
Specialty: Voice

Trineice Robinson-Martin
Director of Brooklyn Soul Ensemble
Specialty: Voice/ Vocal Pedagogy

Fay Victor
Specialty: Voice

Jestin Pieper
Specialty: Collaborative Piano

Colin Levin

Colin Levin holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana.He has performed at many of the top concert stages in the United States including his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 as the Baritone soloist in Mark Hayes’ Gloria presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). He has appeared as a soloist with the Caramoor Festival, State Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Salem Philharmonic, Ensemble for the Romantic Century, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other operas around the world. Colin joins the Roc Nation School faculty after previously teaching at Rowan University, Concord Academy, the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia in Mexico, and the Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University.

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