Graduate Study

Welcome to the Web pages for the Graduate Program in the Department of Music at California State University East Bay! We offer a Master of Arts degree in Music with areas of emphasis in choral music, composition & theory, music history, performance, and music education.

The aim of our graduate program is to provide a broad and thorough musical training of the highest quality. Students are given the opportunity to increase their musicianship, critical skills, and professional insights in preparation for careers in performing, teaching, composing and arranging, administration, and research.

The graduate curriculum in music is shaped by the faculty's view that a well prepared musician and scholar has a wide base of knowledge in the subdisciplines of music. As such, all students complete coursework in historical, ethnomusicological, and analytical studies as part of their overall graduate requirements.

Students in our program have opportunities to study with leading performers, composers, and scholars and to partake in the musical and cultural richness of the San Francisco Bay Area. Emphasis is placed upon maintaining small class sizes and close student-to-teacher interactions. The program also provides flexibility for students to explore further study in areas relevant to their career goals and aspirations.

Beyond the classroom, the Department of Music boasts a thriving music program that includes three choirs, an opera workshop, string orchestra, wind orchestra, jazz ensemble, new music ensemble, West African drumming ensemble, and numerous classical and jazz chamber ensembles.

A number of graduate assistantships are available for graduate students to help in classroom teaching, ensemble direction, and piano accompanying. Those with a focus in composition are eligible for the Glenn Glasow Graduate Fellowship in Composition, which provides a year of tuition support. Also, get information on all assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and financial aid.

General information on graduate requirements is collected in the Music Major's Handbook. You can also peruse the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the program.


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Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator

Peter K. Marsh,

Music Department Office

Phone: 510-885-3135

Mailing Address

Department of Music
Music Building, Room 2571
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542

Do you see yourself in music?

We'd love to hear from you. Express your interest in music study at CSUEB.

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