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B.A. in Music

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

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


The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed.

We will post Steps and Deadlines for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 admissions shortly. 

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:

Option 1. Instrumental/Vocal Auditions

During the application process the Music Department will schedule your audition. Information on auditions, future dates and expected preparation can be found on our auditions page.

Option 2. Creativity/Inquiry

If the instrumental/vocal audition option 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 samples of their creativity during the application process.  

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