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Important Announcement

The undergraduate Cal State University East Bay application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. 

1) If you have already applied to CSUEB and are looking to become a music student (major or minor), please fill out the Music Department form at the bottom of this page. 
2) If you missed the CSUEB deadline (December 15), contact the Music Department for information on future deadlines. 
The graduate deadline is April 1st 2019.

B.A. in Music (Undergraduate) Application

To Major in music at CSUEB, all prospective undergraduate students must successfully complete the following two steps:

STEP 1: Application to CSUEB by DECEMBER 15th, 2018


STEP 2: Demonstration of musical skill and/or significant musical potentialFill out the Music Application Form (at the bottom of this page) and select one of our two admission paths. 

Path A: Instrumental/Vocal

*Audition Dates: November 9, 2018 · January 25-26, 2019 · April 12, 2019

Path B: Creativity/Inquiry

Note: For details on these paths, please see tab below.

Note: Students auditioning or submitting materials by January 25, 2019 are automatically eligible for Music Department Scholarships. For more information on Scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid & Scholarships page.

The Music Department at CSUEB welcomes all students eager to learn the art of music-making and performing. During the application process, applicants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their musical skills and potential by way of:

Path A: Instrumental/Vocal 

Once you submit the Music Department Application Form, we will schedule your audition. Information on auditions, dates and expected preparation can be found on our Auditions page. 

Path B: Creativity/Inquiry

If the instrumental/vocal audition process does not represent who you are, you are still encouraged to apply and demonstrate your musical potential. Applicants without classical performance experience (composers without a primary instrument, singer/songwriters, music producers and sound designers) will be asked to submit: 

  1. A Personal Statement where you describe your goals and plans. How has your background influenced your goals and how will your undergraduate studies in music help you to achieve them? This statement should include your objectives, observations of your musical potential and personal strengths and weaknesses, any significant experiences or honors, and any other information you think important.
  2. OPTIONAL: Two or three (2-3) Musical Samples in the form of scores or leadsheets (PDF) and/or audio files. Links to Youtube, Soundcloud, and personal websites are acceptable and you can add them to your Personal Statement.

The Musicianship Placement Examination is based on the three subject areas covered in the first two years of theory studies in this music department: Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Keyboard. Each student completes those parts of the examination which are appropriate to the student’s level. When the examination is evaluated, a faculty advisor will use the results to design an appropriate course program.

  • First-time freshmen are not required to take the Musicianship Placement Examination, and will instead be enrolled in MUS 108 Language of Music automatically. However, any incoming student with advanced Music Theory, Aural and Keyboard skills may request to take the exam in order to register for higher courses within the Music Theory & Musicianship sequence.
  • Transfer students must take the Musicianship Placement Examination in order to facilitate advising and correct level placement.

The Musicianship Placement Examination, which is administered by the Music Department, is not to be confused with the Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations as explained in the Cal State East Bay University Catalog. The CSUEB Transfer Admission Requirements can be found through the CSUEB Admissions Office. It should also be noted that receiving advanced standing within the Music Theory & Musicianship sequence does not automatically award units for those classes that are waived. The student would substitute the waived units with music electives.

M.A. in Music (Graduate) Application

The M.A. in Music application deadline is April 1, 2019.

  1. Step One: Apply to the CSUEB via Cal State Apply. You will be asked to submit transcript and other application documents through this website. The GRE is not required for admission to the graduate program at Cal State East Bay.
    1. Make sure you visit the CSUEB Graduate Admissions page for specific university requirements. 
    2. Prospective international applicants should also visit the University's International Student Admissions page and start the application process as soon as possible.
  2. Step Two: Complete the Music Department Application (below) and submit the following documents directly to the Department of Music:
    1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé
    2. Two (2) references. These references should be teachers or colleagues who can assess your readiness to undertake graduate study. You will be asked to submit their contact information in the form below, and we will reach out to them directly.
    3. A Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages) describing your objectives for pursuing a graduate degree in music, as well as your short and long term goals.
    4. Evidence of your abilities in the area of emphasis you wish to pursue as a graduate student. See tab below for more information.

Areas of Emphasis that require in-person auditions:

Instrumentalists: Prepare an audition that includes at least two representative works from the applicant's Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music senior recital or comparable repertory. Three or four pieces drawn from multiple style periods are expected. 

Pianists: Representative works from the applicant's Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music senior recital or comparable repertory. Three or four pieces drawn from multiple style periods are expected, including a complete sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or contemporaries. Memorization is required. Sight-reading will also be evaluated.

Vocalists: Prepare an audition that includes each of the following: a Baroque aria (sacred or secular); a song by a German Romantic composer; a song by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc, Duparc, or Chausson; a song composed after 1950; and an operatic aria in Italian. The audition will last a maximum of twenty minutes and all of the music is expected to be performed from memory.

Jazz Studies: Prepare an audition that includes: (a) a blues melody and solo on 3-5 choruses; and (b) the melody and solo on 1-2 choruses of either a song from the Great American Songbook (e.g. “Stella,” “All The Things You Are,” “Like Some In Love,” etc.) or a jazz standard (e.g. “Moments Notice,” “Stablemates,” “Along Came Betty,” etc.).

Areas of Emphasis that require online submission of materials:

Choral Music: Submit a video recording (or link) featuring at least 15 minutes of a rehearsal with a choral ensemble. You may optionally include a video of a concert performance in addition to the rehearsal video. Final candidates will be invited to campus to audition with one of the Cal State East Bay choral ensembles.

Music Education: Submit a copy of your California Teaching Credential and portfolio evidence of a minimum of two years full time teaching at the K-12 grade levels, or a minimum of three years full time teaching at the K-12 grade levels without the Credential.

Composition and/or Music Technology: Submit scores (PDF format) of 3-4 representative compositions for various combinations of instruments and voices, preferably with an audio recording of the works. In the case of electronic music, submit a PDF page in which you list the titles of the pieces, software used, and a brief description of the composition process.

Music Theory: Submit a research paper on a topic of music theory or an analysis, with commentary, of a substantial musical composition. Your submission should display your ability to clearly discuss analytical or theoretical issues.

Music History or Ethnomusicology: Submit a research paper on a topic of music history or ethnomusicology. Your submission should display your ability to write thoughtfully and with clarity about issues in music.

Music Education Certificate

The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Music can be obtained in two ways:

  1. While you are pursuing your Bachelor's of Art at CSUEB. You will have to be admitted into the B.A. in Music degree in order to start this certificate.
  2. As a post-baccalaureate applicant, if you already have a Bachelor's degree and would like to complete the Music Education Certificate. Post-baccalaureate applicants apply to CSUEB as graduate students. You can find more information on graduate requirements on the Graduate Admissions page.

For more information, please contact Dr. John Eros, advisor for Music Education.



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