To Major in music at CSUEB, all prospective undergraduate students must successfully complete the following two steps:
STEP 1: Application to CSUEB by November 30th, 2018
MAKE SURE YOU DON'T MISS THIS STEP! YOUR ADMISSION TO THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT IS CONTINGENT ON YOUR ADMISSION TO CSUEB.
STEP 2: Demonstration of musical skill and/or significant musical potential. Fill 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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
The M.A. in Music application deadline is April 1, 2019.
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.).
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: 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.
The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Music can be obtained in two ways:
For more information, please contact Dr. John Eros, advisor for Music Education.
MAKE SURE YOU APPLY TO CSUEB THROUGH THEIR ADMISSIONS PAGE BEFORE FILLING OUT THE MUSIC APPLICATION FORM BELOW.