B.F.A in Music Technology, Entrepreneurship & Production

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Technology, Entrepreneurship & Production (MTEP) is designed to provide professional training for students who aim to succeed as creative entrepreneurs in the music industry. The program features a practical teaching and learning approach grounded in the real world of music production and marketing, and follows a learning community/cohort model that places peer collaboration and interdisciplinarity at the center of the educational experience.

Comprising courses from the Schools of Performing Arts; Visual Arts, Communications, and Digital Technologies; Business; and the College of Liberal Arts, the MTEP curriculum ensures that students develop facility with a variety of technologies designed to create, produce, distribute, and promote music.

As a student in this program, you will work with professionals in the music industry through internships and guest artist residencies as well as projects associated with Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, and local recording studios.

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.

For admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts 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 the online Audition Registration Form at 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.

It is recommended that you seek the counsel of your musical mentor or private instructor when selecting your audition pieces. Below please find guidelines to assist your selection:

  • A song from a well-known artist or band (any style)
  • A transcription of a well-known artist's solo
  • A composition from the instrumental/voice repertoire such as a movement, sonata, concerto, or etude
  • A standard or jazz tune with your own improvisation

In addition to one selection from the list above, aspiring songwriters and composers may choose to play an original piece that features your individual style. Neither piece should exceed three minutes in length, for a total of no more than six minutes.

Accompanist: An accompanist will be provided. You may, however, provide your own accompanist or MP3 player if you require accompaniment for your prepared piece, particularly if the accompaniment is not notated.  If you are playing to a track, please use a standard play-along/music-minus-one or karaoke track so that you are not playing your part along with the same part on the recording.

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.F.A in Music Technology, Entrepreneurship & Production Thematic Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.F.A. in Music Technology, Entrepreneurship & Production 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 and the Arts 3 credits
Self, Society & Ethics 3 credits
Perspectives on World Cultures 3 credits
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.F.A in Music Technology, Entrepreneurship & Production Major Requirements
Student must receive a grade of C or better in all MUS courses and maintain a 2.0 G.P.A in MUS, ARM, CGPH, MKT and PR courses taken.
Required Musicianship Core Courses (10 credits)
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 108A Aural Skills I 2.00
MUS 108B Aural Skills II 2.00
Required Music Technology Courses (12 credits)
MUS 14A Introduction to Music Technology 3.00
MUS 14B Sequencing and Production 3.00
MUS 14C Music Notation Software 3.00
MUS 214D Digital Audio Workstation 3.00
Required Music Creation and Production Courses (18 credits)
MUS 95J Jazz Composition & Arranging I 3.00
MUS 200 Culture of Rhythm and Production 3.00
MUS 201 Foundations of Recording 3.00
MUS 203 Songwriting I 3.00
MUS 204 Songwriting II 3.00
MUS 206 Composition and Arranging for Media 3.00
Required Music Entrepreneurship Courses (13 credits)
MUS 130 Professional Development for a Music Career 1.00
MUS 205 Business and Legal Aspects of Music Industry 3.00
MUS 207 Music Operations & Distribution 3.00
MUS 278 Music Industry Internship I 3.00
MUS 279 Music Industry Internship II 3.00
Required Music History/Literature Courses (9 credits)
MUS 24 History of Rock 3.00
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3.00
MUS 46 Introduction to World Music 3.00
Required Entrepreneurship Courses (15 credits)
ARM 62 Principles and Practice of the Music Industry 3.00
CGPH 26 Web Design for Everyone 3.00
MKT 11 Marketing Principles and Practice 3.00
PR 38 Social Media Tools 3.00
PR 62 Arts and Entertainment Promotion 3.00
Required Music Making Fundamentals Courses (11 credits)
Eleven (11) credits are required from the following MUS ensembles or studio lessons

Ensembles offered every Fall and Spring for 1 credit..

  • Chorus (5), Chamber Singers (5A), Vocal Jazz Ensemble (5C)
  • Wind Symphony (6), Jazz Ensemble (6A), Merriweather Consort (6B), Percussion Ensemble (6C), Guitar Ensemble (6D), Brass Ensemble (6E), Jazz Combo (105)
  • Orchestra (7), Flute Ensemble (7A), Contemporary Ensemble (7B), Wind Ensemble (7C), String Ensemble (7D)

Lessons offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

  • Vocal Coaching (49A/B), Instrumental Coaching (49C/D), Vocal Jazz Coaching (49I/J), Instrumental Jazz Coaching (49K/L)
  • 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)
Taken for six (6) semesters
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
Required Culminating Experience (6 credits)
MUS 299 Capstone 3/00
MUS 298 Senior Thesis 3/00


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