Performing Arts

Performing Arts


The LIU Brooklyn Department of Performing Arts, is dedicated to teaching the disciplines of dance, music and theater in a liberal arts environment. The Department aims to provide undergraduate students with a solid technical and artistic foundation that is enriched by personal understanding – one that prepares them as they move on to their professional careers after graduation.

Department of Performing Arts faculty members have years of local, national and international performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, many perform in the New York City area. Their experience guides students in exploring the rigorous critical study of their art form and the disciplined aesthetic practice of the technique. This daily practice provides essential tools and analytic understanding of the student’s performing arts discipline. Students critically investigate and sustain the ideas, traditions and practices in which their present art form is rooted. Through a full range of educational experiences they are prepared to create, perform and prosper within their chosen artistic field.

Dance Program

The Dance Program, which offers both the B.F.A. in Dance and the B.S. in Dance, is a modern-based program that provides rigorous, conservatory-style training for those interested in pursuing careers as professional dancers. The B.F.A. features a foundation in ballet, modern and post-modern dance techniques. The B.S. is designed to meet the artistic and academic needs of students who want to double major or to work in complementary fields. Additionally, the Department’s Dance Wellness Program has put it at the forefront of dance medicine.

Small class sizes provide majors with individualized attention from professional faculty members who are drawn from New York’s finest dance companies. Students learn from and perform historic and contemporary repertory alongside professional guest artists and faculty members.

Dance Auditions

Music

Versatility is the hallmark of the undergraduate music degree programs at LIU Brooklyn. Music majors have the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of professional musicians who live and perform in New York City – the entertainment and music mecca of the world – and the surrounding area. They can choose from majors in classically oriented traditional music, music education or jazz studies.

Students can incorporate courses from other fields such as media arts, education or business, into their plan of study. In all programs, a strong academic foundation is provided by the diverse core curriculum of the LIU Brooklyn. Degrees offered include the B.A. in Applied Music, the B.S. in Music Education in Urban Schools, and the B.F.A. in Jazz Studies. The latter features many of the world’s leading jazz professionals who serve as class instructors, ensemble directors, clinicians and private teachers.

Music Auditions

Theatre

The study of theatre entails intensive training in acting, voice, and movement for the development of charcterization in preparation for performance. Students also learn about the history of theatre, the visual elements of production, play analysis, and participate in production and/or performance work. Students have the opportunity to perform in the main stage spring theatre productions and in smaller theatre pieces in the fall semesters. As a result, students gain valuable experience working in a large proscenium theatre as well as a smaller experimental theatre space. Students studying theatre who decide not to pursue an acting career may also go into other fields such as, working behind the scenes, directing, stage managing, producing, and teaching. The experience and training that students gain in theatre will serve them in any field they choose to work in. Students interested in pursuing studies in theatre should consult with the theatre program coordinator, Professor John Sannuto (718-488-1252, john.sannuto@liu.edu), and/or the department chair regarding class selection and graduation requirements.


B.A. in Applied Music

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Applied Music or Music Theory offers a full range of theoretical and practical studies in a primary instrument or voice, as well as an in-depth music theory concentration. This degree program emphasizes the traditional classical courses including private instruction, harmony and counterpoint, music history, performance ensembles, and juried performances.

Students may also choose to include other academic concentrations such as media arts, education or business in their course of study. In all programs, a strong academic foundation is provided by the diverse core curriculum of the Brooklyn Campus.

The core B. A. in Music includes:

  • Ear Training and Musicianship
  • Traditional Music History
  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Ensembles
  • Private Instruction

Recommended Music Electives include:

  • Conducting
  • Jazz Clinics
  • Digital Audio
  • Music Business

B.F.A. in Jazz Studies

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Jazz Studies offers a full range of theory and applied instruction in the area of jazz. It includes courses in jazz theory and harmony, improvisation, jazz history, music notation software, arranging, and vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles. The Jazz Clinic Series presents four master classes per semester, presented by the world’s leading jazz performers.

Students may also choose to include other academic concentrations such as media arts, education or business in their course of study. In all programs, a strong academic foundation is provided by the diverse core curriculum of the Brooklyn Campus.

Music majors have the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of professional musicians who live and perform in New York City and the surrounding area – the entertainment and music mecca of the world. Leading jazz professionals participate in the Jazz Studies program as class instructors, ensemble directors, clinicians and private teachers.

The core B. F. A. in Jazz Studies includes:

  • Jazz Ear Training
  • Traditional Music History
  • Jazz History
  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • Ensembles
  • Private Instruction

Recommended Music Electives include:

  • Conducting
  • Jazz Clinics
  • Digital Audio
  • Music Business

B.S. in Music Education in Urban Schools

The 128-credit B.S. in Music Education in Urban Schools (Pre-K-Grade 12) leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and eligibility for initial NYS certification in Music Education, pre-kindergarten to grade 12. It prepares students to teach music at any grade level.

The program of study in Music Education includes a full major in the Department of Music with 25 credits in Teaching and Learning, including 6 credits of methods courses cross-listed between Teaching and Learning and Music.

The program is divided into a pre-professional stage and a professional stage. All students are welcome to take 6 credits of pre-professional courses. Students must meet specific criteria for progression into the professional stage, admission to student teaching, and graduation.

Students graduating from the program are eligible for NYS certification once they have passed all required portions of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE). The SOE Certification Officer assists students in applying for certification when all requirements are met.

B.S. in Dance

The Bachelor of Science in Dance degree program is designed to meet the artistic and academic needs of students interested in pursuing professional dance careers, as well as those who want to work in complementary fields as arts instructors, movement therapists, arts administrators, and other related disciplines. 

The B.S. in Dance program emphasizes modern and post-modern dance techniques with ballet, dance history, and world dance styles.  The core B.S. in Dance includes:

  • Classic and Contemporary Modern Techniques
  • Ballet
  • World Dance 
  • Music for Dance 
  • Improvisation and Choreography
  • Dance History
  • Kinesiology for the Dancer

Many majors choose to pair their Dance studies with various minors offered by the University.  These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Anthropology – The study of world cultures almost invariably focuses on dance.  With this minor, students might expand their studies to prepare themselves for graduate research and travel. 
  • Business/Arts Administration – Hands on management experience with a view towards arts administration and/or setting up and managing one’s own dance-related business.
  • Media Arts – Students will learn the tools of the world of computer graphics, digital design, animation, film/TV/video production, video journalism and/or photography and apply them to dance.  They will also have the opportunity to study digitally designed choreography programs and experiment with their own designs.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy – The B.S. in Dance prepares students who successfully complete the program to apply for graduate studies in Physical Therapy.  Students must complete the Dance Department requirements as well as the requirements as defined by the Physical Therapy Program at LIU to be eligible to apply to that graduate program.
  • Theater – There is a natural connection between dance and theater.  Students who would like to apply their dance training to theater performance, choreography and/or directing may do so in this specially designed minor. 

Finally, every Dance major is strongly encouraged to take advantage of performance opportunities on campus throughout the academic year.  The Department sponsors annual Winter and Spring concerts, and a monthly showcase of works-in-progress known as the Rising Artists Workshop (RAWorkshop) Series. 

Download an example of a typical B.S. in Dance student’s program.

B.F.A. in Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance offers rigorous, conservatory-style training for those interested in pursuing careers as professional dancers. 

This modern-based program provides students with a foundation in ballet while exposing them to the breadth of contemporary modern and post-modern dance techniques.  This emphasis on training, along with our singular Dance Wellness program, has put us at the forefront of dance medicine as applied to the wellbeing of future dance artists. 

Small class sizes provide majors with individualized attention from the professional faculty, which is drawn from the finest dance companies in New York City.  Students also work regularly with guest artists from whom they learn historical and current repertory. 

The core B.F.A. includes:

  • Modern Techniques
  • Ballet
  • Improvisation and Choreography
  • Partnering
  • World Dance
  • Music for Dance
  • Dance History
  • Anatomy and Kinesiology for the Dancer
  • Dance Wellness
  • Repertory
  • Ensemble

Finally, every Dance major is strongly encouraged to take advantage of performance opportunities on campus throughout the academic year.  The Department sponsors annual Winter and Spring concerts, and a monthly showcase of works-in-progress known as the Rising Artists Workshop (RAWorkshop) Series. 

Download requirements and typical program for the B.F.A. in Dance

B.F.A. for Professional Dancers

Dancers who have pursued a professional dance career just out of high school, or even after a short period of time in college, may be able to apply their professional training towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Dance at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus.   LIU’s Professional B.F.A. program is the place where professional dancers can make the transition from performing full-time to a whole host of professional activities in the arts.

Professional B.F.A. students will have to complete the same core curriculum requirements as the traditional B.F.A.  However, many performing artists may well be qualified to have their performance careers credited to various Dance Department courses, thereby shortening the length of time that they would need to be in school.

Since evaluating life credits must be done on an individual basis, additional information and answers to specific questions are available from both the Dance Department and the Office of Admissions.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (718) 488-1010 or Professor Dana Hash-Campbell, Chair of the Dance Department, at (718) 246-6337 or via email at dhash@liu.edu.