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The Music Department at CSUEB integrates rigorous academic training with a driving passion for the making of great music: the classics from the European-American tradition, great jazz, the new ‘classics’ of our own time, world music, experimental music and more. With a rich variety of opportunities for performing and composing and a deep commitment to teacher education, the Music Department offers something for all students seriously committed to pursuing a life in music.

The Department of Music offers Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree majors which are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. A Music Minor and Music Education Single Subject Matter Preparation Certificate are also offered.

Contact the Music Department at any time if you have any questions:

Department of Music @ CSUEB
Music Building, MB 2569
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542
Phone: (510) 885-3135

B.A. in Music [120 Units]

Students graduating with a B.A. in Music from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  • Aurally identify common rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic patterns; demonstrate pitch and rhythmic accuracy through singing and rhythm vocalization.
  • Demonstrate stylistically appropriate sound quality, technical skills, and expression within their primary performance area
  • Apply critical and creative thinking and analytical reasoning to address complex challenges in the theory, history, and performance of music of many cultures.
  • Create, perform, and respond to musical works and ideas, and relate them to societal, cultural and historical contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with others in classroom and performance settings
  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate musical ideas, methods, theories, and practices, and communicate them to others clearly and persuasively.

A B.A. in Music degree requires a total of 120 units:

  • The major requirements consists of 54 units (see below).
  • General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units. For more information on the GE/GR requirements, see the General Education section of the University Catalog.
  • Free Electives may consist of 9 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).

Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.

The Music curriculum is designed to serve the needs of students who have career goals in performance, composition, music technology, jazz, public school or private teaching, or graduate study, as well as those who are pursuing other fields of study and choose music as an elective.

Lower Division Core [24 Units]

  • Music Theory I-IV [12 Units]
  • Aural Skills I-IV [4 Units]
  • Basic Keyboard I-II [2 Units]
  • Intermediate Keyboard I-II [2 Units]
  • Applied Lessons [4 Units]

Upper Division Core [30 Units]

  • Introduction to World Music & Culture [3 Units]
  • Form and Analysis [3 Units]
  • Western Music History I-II [8 Units]
  • Recital Class - Junior & Senior [2 Units]
  • Applied Lessons [4 Units]
  • Major Performing Ensembles [8 Units]
  • Chamber Ensembles [2 Units]

For course descriptions and more detailed information please visit the Music Department B.A. University Catalog page.

Areas of Emphasis within the B.A. in Music

Intrumental/Vocal Performance
Jazz Studies
Music Education
Composition / Music Technology
Liberal Arts

Music Education Certificate [31-Units]

The 31-unit Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Music is a sequence of courses designed to prepare music students to become successful music teachers in K-12 school settings. Students receive education in a variety of musical disciplines and pedagogical approaches, including choral, instrumental, general, and world music. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. All music students may take the Subject Matter Preparation Program courses although, in order for students to obtain documentation of completing the program, they must take every course within the program.

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Do you have questions about the music education curriculum? Contact Dr. John Eros, advisor for Music Education.

Secondary Techniques

Six (6) units in performance and pedagogy of standard orchestral instruments, voice, and guitar are required:

  • Teaching String Instruments [1 Unit]
  • Teaching Woodwind Instruments [1 Unit]
  • Teaching Brass Instruments [1 Unit]
  • Teaching Percussion [1 Unit]
  • Basic Guitar Techniques [1 Unit]
  • Basic Vocal Techniques [1 Unit]


Six (6) units of developmental basic skills in conducting, as well as more specific skills for choral and instrumental settings are required:

  • Basic Conducting [3 Units]
  • Intermediate Conducting [3 Units]

Music Education Core Courses

The following ten (10) units are required of all music education students:

  • Technology for Music Educators [3 Units]
  • Introduction to World Music & Culture [3 Units]
  • Foundations of Music Education [3 Units]
  • Music Education Practicum [1 Unit]

Music Teaching and Learning

These required nine (9) units focus on specific disciplines within music teaching and learning. They are designed to prepare future music educators to teach in a variety of K-12 areas, including instrumental, choral, and elementary music teaching settings.

  • Elementary Music Teaching Methods [3 Units]
  • Instrumental Music Teaching Methods [3 Units]
  • Choral Music Teaching Methods [3 Units]

For course descriptions and more detailed information please visit the Education Certificate University Catalog page.

M.A. in Music [30 Units]

The Master of Arts in Music degree program at Cal State East Bay is a full-time, two-year program designed to meet the needs of recent university graduates, music teachers and performers, veterans, and adult learners, among others. Students graduate from our program with a broad and thorough musical training focused on increasing musicianship, critical and creative thinking, and professional insights in preparation for careers in performance, teaching, composing and arranging, administration, and research.

Upon entering the program, students select one of eight different areas of emphasis to focus their studies, including choral music, composition, jazz studies, music education, music history, music theory, performance, and world music. Students in each area have the opportunity 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 wishing to explore questions or topics outside of their area of emphasis but relevant to their career goals and aspirations.

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

Students graduating with an M.A. in Music from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of core skills within their primary area of emphasis, i.e. performance, composition, research, analysis, conducting, or teaching
  • Apply critical and creative thinking and analytical reasoning to address complex challenges in music creation, performance, and research
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with other musicians in a performance context
  • Integrate musical ideas, methods, theory, and practice, and communicate them to others clearly and persuasively, in classroom and performance settings.

Core Requirements [15 Units]

  • Seminar in Research Methodology [3 Units]
  • Analysis of Musical Styles I [3 Units]
  • Seminar in Music of the Twentieth & Twenty-First Centuries [3 Units]
  • Seminar in Asian Music and Culture [3 Units]
  • Teaching Music in Higher Education [3 Units]

Path Requirements [6 Units]

Electives [6 Units]

Capstone Project [3 Units] 

For course descriptions and more detailed information please visit the Music Department M.A. University Catalog page.

Areas of Emphasis within the M.A. in Music

Intrumental/Vocal Performance
Jazz Studies
Choral Music
Music Education
Composition / Music Technology
Music Theory
Musicology / Ethnomusicology

Music Minor

To be admitted to the minor program, the student must demonstrate vocal or instrumental performing ability or significant musical potential. Applied instruction will be limited to two semesters of study.

Contact the Music Department to get started!

Required Courses

Take the following 8 units:

Basic Keyboard

Placement determined by instructor.  Take 2 units from the following:

Major Performing Ensembles

Audition Required. Take 3 units from the following:

Upper Division Electives

Take 6 units from the following in consultation with departmental advisor.  Note: MUS 351-MUS 355 are repeatable courses up to 8 total units. MUS 364 is repeatable up to 4 units.

Applied Music Study

Audition required for acceptance into Applied Music Study. Applied Study is limited to 2 semesters.

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