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B.M. in Vocal Performance

The Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance offers students a full range of resources to develop their talent and prepare for a career in music. Our 120-credit curriculum combines challenging performance opportunities, a thorough grounding in music theory and history and a well-rounded liberal arts education. Each student showcases his or her talents at a half recital in the junior year and full recital in the senior year.

As a student in this program, you will work with faculty members who are 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 one or more of LIU Post's many ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional, and early music styles.

Within the Vocal Performance concentration, there are two areas of specialization:

  • Classical Studies
  • Jazz Studies

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 on LIU Post Campus 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.


  • 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 Vocal Performance 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.


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 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.M. in Vocal Performance Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.M. in Vocal Performance 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 Vocal Performance Major Requirements
Student must receive a grade of C or better in all MUS courses
Required Musicianship Core Courses
MUS 14A Introduction to Music Technology 3.00
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 40A Choral Conducting 2.00
Required Applied Music Courses
MUS 13 Vocal Diction 2.00
MUS 16P Vocal Pedagogy 2.00
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Recital Courses
MUS 150 Junior Recital 0.00
MUS 151 Senior Recital 0.00
Additional Music Course
MUS 130 Professional Preparation for a Music Career 1.00
One course from the following:
ARM 62 Principles and Practices of the Music Industry 3.00
PR 62 Arts and Entertainment Promotion 3.00
CGPH 26 Web Design for Non-Art Majors 3.00
MKT 11 Marketing Principles and Practices 3.00
Successful completion of the Music Theory Comprehensive Exam and the Music History Comprehensive Exam is required of all undergraduate music majors.
Additional Classical Specialization Requirements
Elective Music History/Literature Course
One of the following:
MUS 26 The Symphony 3.00
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 43 Opera History 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Sixteen credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument:
MUS 88A Studio Lessons: Voice 1.00
MUS 88B Studio Lessons: Voice 2.00
Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.
Lessons in Jazz Voice (MUS 88C/D) may be taken to satisfy some primary applied instrument Studio Lessons requirements with permission of the Director of Voice Studies.
Four credits of the following:
MUS 49A Studio Lessons: Vocal Coaching 1.00
MUS 49B Studio Lessons: Vocal Coaching 2.00
Required every semester
MUS 5 Chorus 1.00
Three credits of the following:
MUS 33 Opera Scenes 1.00
Additional Jazz Specialization Requirements
Required Music Theory Course
MUS 92J Jazz Harmony 3.00
Required Music History/Literature Course
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
Required Music Lessons
Eight credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument:
MUS 88A Studio Lessons: Voice 1.00
MUS 88B Studio Lessons: Voice 2.00
Required Music Lessons
Four credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument:
MUS 88C Studio Lessons: Jazz Voice 1.00
MUS 88D Studio Lessons: Jazz Voice 2.00
Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.
Four credits of the following:
MUS 49I Studio Lessons: Vocal Jazz Coaching 1.00
MUS 49J Studio Lessons: Vocal Jazz Coaching 2.00
Required every semester
MUS 5 Chorus 0.50
Required every semester
MUS 5C Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1.00
Four credits of the following:
MUS 105 Jazz Combo 1.00


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