SVPA: Music

SCHOOL OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

Music


The LIU Post Department of Music provides a dynamic, intensive and supportive environment that will nurture your talent as a performer, music educator or scholar. Our conservatory-style program, within a liberal arts university, brings you a diverse array of performance and academic opportunities. Our programs are taught by more than 70 nationally and internationally recognized performers, conductors, composers, researchers, and music educators.

Performance is central to your education in the Department of Music. LIU Post offers a variety of opportunities to showcase your skills and talents, including solo student recitals, workshops, master classes, and concerts both on Campus and at major concert halls in New York City and abroad.

B.M. in Instrumental Performance

The Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Performance offers students a full range of resources to develop their talent and prepare for a career in music. The 132-credit program 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 16 ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional, and early music styles.

Within the Instrumental Performance concentration, there are seven areas of specialization:

  1. Brass Studies
  2. Guitar Studies
  3. Jazz Studies
  4. Percussion Studies
  5. Piano Studies
  6. String Studies
  7. Woodwind 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.

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

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.

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.

B.S. in Music

The Bachelor of Science in Music is for students who desire a strong music program, together with a well-rounded liberal arts education. The curriculum combines practical music instruction, including private lessons; classes in music theory and music history; elective credits that can be used toward your chosen music concentration; and traditional liberal arts courses in science, history, literature, economics, political science, philosophy and foreign languages. The program ranges from 129 to 137 credits, depending on your course selection.

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 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 16 ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional, and early music styles.

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.

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. The 132-credit program 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 16 ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional, and early music styles.

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.

M.A. in Music: History and Literature

The 36-credit Master of Arts in Music with a concentration in History and Literature explores the evolution of musical styles, both instrumental and vocal, and how world events have influenced eastern and western music. The degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers including music historian, solo or group performer, accompanist, chamber musician/singer, studio musician, composition/theory specialist, music educator, music technology specialist, private school teacher, private studio instructor or music producer. A performance emphasis can be incorporated into this degree, in areas ranging from piano to violin to tuba to jazz synthesizer. A student may relate and integrate the performance emphasis within the required thesis.

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 C.W. Post’s 16 ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional and early music styles.

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 the C.W. 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.

M.A. in Music: Performance

The 36-credit Master of Arts in Music with a concentration in Performance is geared toward candidates with strong background in solo instrumental, vocal, or conducting performance. This plan of study is based substantially on courses and activities with performance emphasis. Advanced instruction in applied music, coaching, conducting, master classes and workshops are offered as well as opportunities in solo, chamber, and various large ensemble performances. The degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers including music historian, solo or group performer, accompanist, chamber musician/singer, studio musician, composition/theory specialist, music educator, music technology specialist, private school teacher, private studio instructor or music producer. 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 16 ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional and early music styles.

M.A. in Music: Theory and Composition

The 36-credit Master of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Theory and Composition offers an in-depth study of tonal and atonal harmony, form, arranging, orchestration, and development of an individual’s compositional technique. The rich array of courses taught by our outstanding faculty of professional musicians and educators ranges from “Polyphonic and Harmonic Analysis” and “Orchestration” to “Jazz Composition and Arranging” and “Music Notation at the Computer.” A thesis is required to complete this degree program. An acceptable musical composition may be submitted to satisfy this requirement.

The degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers including music historian, solo or group performer, accompanist, chamber musician/singer, studio musician, composition/theory specialist, music educator, music technology specialist, private school teacher, private studio instructor or music producer.

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 16 ensembles, including groups that specialize in contemporary, traditional and early music styles.

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.

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

To teach music is to introduce children to an art form that is basic to all of humanity. But the benefits of music education go far beyond learning to sing, play and appreciate music. Cognitive development, fine motor skills, cultural awareness and increased intellectual capacity all progress from the study of music. Music education combines the joy of artistic expression with the challenge and rewards of classroom instruction.

The Master of Science in Music Education at LIU Post prepares professional music teachers and leaders to work with children of all ages, from infants, toddlers and preschoolers to elementary, middle and high school students in New York State. The program includes a semester of student teaching in elementary and secondary schools as well as comprehensive coursework in the social and psychological aspects of teaching and modern educational methods and materials. Students who elect to waive student teaching are required to take an additional 6 credits lieu of student teaching and pass a comprehensive examination.

A joint program of the LIU Post College of Education, Information and Technology and School of Visual and Performing Arts, the M.S. in Music Education offers two plans of study – a 42-credit plan for initial teaching certification by the New York State Education Department and a 36-credit plan leading to professional certification, for students with a significant background in education.

Teaching Methods

The M.S. in Music Education includes up to 24 credits of coursework in major aspects of classroom teaching and learning. You will learn the social, economic, political and intellectual foundations of American education and the psychological theories and principles of teaching, learning and development. You will master teaching techniques and materials, learn to prepare lesson plans in accordance with state and national standards and develop ways to assess your students’ progress. You will interact with students in a supervised student teaching practicum, and assure your own ongoing development as a professional educator by becoming an informed consumer and producer of educational research.

Music Curriculum

A wide-ranging and comprehensive curriculum of music courses will inform and inspire students in the M.S. in Music Education program. Up to 18 credits on methods of teaching music and instruction in specific instruments will empower you to bring your students to their full potential. Courses can be taken in teaching brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments and choral methods, music technology, conducting and teaching special learners.

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 the 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 that 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.
  • As a pre-service teacher, you will have an opportunity to participate in PreK-16 partnerships with local school districts and community organizations – helping you learn and make contacts for future employment.
  • You will have an opportunity to make music as a soloist, chamber musician and large ensemble member, both here on campus and as part of our domestic and international touring program.
  • Nationally recognized for its chapter growth and leadership, our collegiate chapter of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) promotes excellence in music teaching and learning through its outreach programs, national and international guest speakers, and conference participation. You will be an active member of this organization and enjoy the rewards and benefits that participation will bring.
  • 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.

Fall 2015/Spring 2016 Audition Days

As a prospective undergraduate music major, you may compete through audition for performance scholarship awards ranging from $4,000 to $20,000 over four years.

Learn more about audition requirements and upcoming schedule.

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Noel Zahler, Dean
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Kimberly McGuire
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