Music Technology

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. Acceptance into the music program is also contingent upon acceptance to LIU Post. See the Freshman ( or Transfer ( admissions websites for more information.

Find out more about MTEP and Deep End Entertainment Productions (our student-run record label) at bandcamp.

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 (12 credits)
MUS 107A Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony I 3
MUS 107B Music Theory/Keyboard Harmony II 3
MUS 108A Aural Skills I 3
MUS 108B Aural Skills II 3
Required Music Technology Courses (12 credits)
MUS 14A Introduction to Music Technology 3
MUS 14B Sequencing and Production 3
MUS 14C Music Notation Software 3
MUS 214D Digital Audio Workstation 3
Required Music Creation and Production Courses (15 credits)
MUS 200 Culture of Rhythm and Production 3
MUS 201 Foundations of Recording 3
MUS 203 Songwriting I 3
MUS 204 Songwriting II 3
MUS 206 Composition and Arranging for Media 3
Required Music Entrepreneurship Courses (13 credits)
MUS 130 Professional Development for a Music Career 1
MUS 205 Business and Legal Aspects of Music Industry 3
MUS 207 Music Operations & Distribution 3
MUS 278 Music Industry Internship I 3
MUS 279 Music Industry Internship II 3
MUS 208 Publicity and Promotion in the Performing Arts 3
Required Music History/Literature Courses (9 credits)
MUS 24 History of Rock 3
MUS 28 History of Jazz 3
MUS 46 Introduction to World Music 3
Required Entrepreneurship Courses (9 credits)
CGPH 26 Web Design for Everyone 3
MKT 11 Marketing Principles and Practice 3
PR 38 Social Media Tools 3
Required Music Making Fundamentals Courses (12 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
Required Culminating Experience (6 credits)
MUS 299 Capstone 3
MUS 298 Senior Thesis 3

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 85
Total Elective Credits 3
Total Core Requirement Credits  32-33
Total Degree Credits 120