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 a Music Education Single Subject Matter Preparation Certificate are also offered.
Contact the Music Department at any time if you have any questions:
Students graduating with a B.A. in Music from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
A B.A. in Music degree requires a total of 120 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.
For course descriptions and more detailed information please visit the Music Department B.A. University Catalog page.
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.
Do you have questions about the music education curriculum? Contact Dr. John Eros, advisor for Music Education.
Six (6) units in performance and pedagogy of standard orchestral instruments, voice, and guitar are required:
Six (6) units of developmental basic skills in conducting, as well as more specific skills for choral and instrumental settings are required:
The following ten (10) units are required of all music education students:
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.
For course descriptions and more detailed information please visit the Education Certificate University Catalog page.
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:
For course descriptions and more detailed information please visit the Music Department M.A. University Catalog page.
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.
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Take the following 8 units:
Placement determined by instructor. Take 2 units from the following:
Audition Required. Take 3 units from the following:
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.
Audition required for acceptance into Applied Music Study. Applied Study is limited to 2 semesters.