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. Our 120-credit 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.

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 across the country 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.

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 Science in Music 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. 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

Please see the Music Auditions page for how to schedule an audition and audition requirements.

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Musicianship Core Courses
(Student must receive a grade of C or better in all MUS courses)
MUS 107A Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony I 3
MUS 107B Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony II 3
MUS 107C Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony III 3
MUS 108A Aural Skills I 3
MUS 108B Aural Skills II 3
MUS 108C Aural Skills III 3
Required Music History/Literature Courses
MUS 21 Music in Western Civilization I 3
MUS 22 Music in Western Civilization II 3
MUS 23 Music in Western Civilization III 3
MUS 46 Introduction to World Music 3
Required Applied Music Courses
MUS 20 Conducting I 2
MUS 40 Conducting II 2
Required Music Lessons
Eight credits of MUS Studio Lessons must be completed on primary applied instrument from the following list:
  • 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)

Lessons are offered every semester for 1 or 2 credits.

Required Performance & Ensemble Course
One of the following is required every semester:
MUS 5 Chorus 1
MUS 6 Wind Symphony 1
MUS 7 Orchestra 1
Taken every semester
MUS 4 Music Convocation 0
Successful completion of the Music Theory Comprehensive Exam and the Music History Comprehensive Exam is required of all undergraduate music majors.

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 47
Total Elective Credits 41
Total Core Requirements 32-33
Total Degree Credits 120