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M.A. in Music

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

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