Music

B.M. in Music Education


Music teachers combine a love of music with a love of teaching. This 133 to 141-credit undergraduate program, leading to New York state teacher certification, places a strong emphasis on musical performance. 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 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 New York City and around the world. Music education majors also perform on national and international tours organized and led by their professors.

The BM 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 (NAfME) 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 20 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 Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
  • 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 gain real-world experience in local classrooms, learning the profession of education and building a professional network.
  • 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 (NAfME), 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.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Music programs, 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 (www.liu.edu/post/freshman) or Transfer (www.liu.edu/post/transfer) admissions websites for more information.

  • 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.

Auditions for Admission

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

Schedule
Audition Days will be posted on the university’s website and in routinely updated print media.
Auditions will be held in the LIU Post Fine Arts Center. You can register to audition by completing the online Audition Registration Form at Department of Music. To register by phone or schedule an appointment for an alternate date, call 516-299-2474 or contact us through email at post-music@liu.edu.

Requirements
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.

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 (Birth to Grade 12) Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.M. in Music Education (Birth to Grade 12) must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
History/Philosophy 6 credits(in one area)
Laboratory Science 4 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits (in one area)
Competencies Computer, Library, Oral
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

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

* Student must receive a grade of C or better in all EDI, EDS, HE and MUS courses *

* Student may be advised to take 0.00 credit courses for 1.00 credit *


Required Education 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 Preservice Teachers 3.00
EDI 35G Methods and Materials in Teaching Music 3.00
EDI 38 Supervised Student Teaching in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) 6.00
EDI 44G Music Foundations For Teaching Special Learners 3.00
EDI 60 Literacy Development: Birth-Grade 6 3.00
HE 205 Substance Abuse & Related Issues 3.00
The 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 2.00
MUS 17F Technology and Music Education 2.00
MUS 18A Musicianship for Music Teachers 2.00
MUS 19A Brass Methods 1.00
MUS 19B String Methods 1.00
MUS 19C Woodwind Methods 1.00
MUS 19D Percussion Methods 1.00
Specialization Courses: MUS 17C Or MUS 17D
MUS 17C Secondary Choral Music Methods 2.00
MUS 17D Instrumental Music Methods 2.00
Music Education Electives (1 course required 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
MUS 17C Secondary Choral Music Methods 2.00
MUS 17C Secondary Choral Music Methods 2.00
MUS 17C Secondary Choral Music Methods 2.00
Required Music Theory, Music History/Literature, Applied Music, Convocation, Ensemble, and Assessment Courses
Music Theory Courses
MUS 90 Harmony and Counterpoint I 3.00
MUS 90A Sight Singing I 1.00
MUS 90B Keyboard Harmony I 1.00
MUS 91 Harmony and Counterpoint II 3.00
MUS 91A Sight Singing II 1.00
MUS 91B Keyboard Harmony II 1.00
MUS 92 Harmony and Counterpoint III 3.00
MUS 92A Sight Singing III 1.00
MUS 92B Keyboard Harmony III 1.00
Music History/ Literature Courses
MUS 46 Introduction to World Music 3.00
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
Applied Music Courses
MUS 20 Conducting I 2.00
MUS 40 Instrumental Conducting (OR) 2.00
MUS 40A Choral Conducting 2.00
Taken Every Semester Except During Student Teaching
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0.00
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 0.00
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 0.00
MUS 7 Orchestra 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. Enrollment in Music Review (MUS 100) may be required dependent upon results of the comprehensive examinations.
MUS 100 Music Review 3.00
Violin Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 50B Studio Lessons: Violin 2.00
Viola Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 51B Studio Lessons: Viola 2.00
Cello Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 52B Studio Lessons: Cello 2.00
Bass Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 53B Studio Lessons: Bass 2.00
Guitar Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 54B Studio Lessons: Guitar 2.00
Flute Concentration
Required Applied Music Lessons Student is required to take 16 credits in their primary instrument.
MUS 60B Studio Lessons: Flute 2.00
Oboe Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 61B Studio Lessons: Oboe 2.00
Clarinet Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 62B Studio Lessons: Clarinet 2.00
Bassoon Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 63B Studio Lessons: Bassoon 2.00
Saxophone Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 64B Studio Lessons: Saxophone 2.00
Recorder Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 65B Studio Lessons: Recorder 2.00
Trumpet Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 70B Studio Lessons: Trumpet 2.00
Horn Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 71B Studio Lessons: Horn 2.00
Trombone Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 72B Studio Lessons: Trombone 2.00
Euphonium Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 73B Studio Lessons: Euphonium 2.00
Tuba Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 74B Studio Lessons: Tuba 2.00
Percussion Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 80B Studio Lessons: Percussion 2.00
Piano Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 83B Studio Lessons: Piano 2.00
Organ Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 84B Studio Lessons: Organ 2.00
Synthesizer Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 85B Studio Lessons: Synthesizer 2.00
Voice Concentration
Required 16 credits of Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument.
MUS 88B Studio Lessons: Voice 2.00
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 133-141
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 36
Minimum Education Major Credits: 38
Required Music Major Credits: 59
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.50
Minimum Major GPA: 2.75

CONTACT

College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor
Christine.Kerr@liu.edu

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean
Moreen.Mitchell@liu.edu