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Music Resource Center [MB 2047]

At the heart of our thriving music community is the Music Resource Center (MRC). A depot of performance and study materials for music majors, the MRC boasts a robust collection of scores, parts, and media materials (LPs, CDs, Videos, and DVDs) that help to positively augment the curricular offerings at CSU East Bay. This office also coordinates room scheduling and handles concert and student recital scheduling and printed program production.

Contact & Location:

Justin Plank
Instructional Support Coordinator
Office: MB 2047
Phone: 510-885-3167

Access Link:

Music Research Center Catalog

1. CSUEB students, alumni who are current members of the Music Alumni Chapter of the CSUEB Alumni Association, and faculty may check out scores, anthologies, vocal/piano scores, and sets of scores and parts for any combination of instruments housed in our Music Resource Center Library.

  • Checkout limit: 5 scores or sets of score and parts at any one time.
  • No student may checkout any materials if he/she has overdue materials still out.
  • Music borrowed is due the last day of finals of the semester during which it is checked out, and may be renewed if needed for performance or rehearsal for the following semester.

2. Students may check out recordings (CDs & DVDs) on a limited basis.

3. Check out of music from the Orchestra and Choral music libraries is limited to CSUEB Music Faculty for use by Music Department performance groups and classroom instruction and study.

Lost or damaged music is the responsibility of the person whose name appears on the checkout card, and that responsible party will be issued a bill for replacement or repair of the music. Late fees of up to $10 per item may be assessed after the item is 30 days overdue.

Music majors within the performance path are required to perform a recital each academic year. These recitals may include Noon Recitals, Studio Recitals, and Degree Recitals according to the student’s applied level.

Noon Recitall

A recital performance on the Tuesday/Thursday University Hour Noon Recital series sponsored by the Department.

Studio Recital

A recital performance scheduled by the student’s applied music instructor that includes other students from the applied music instructor's studio.

Degree Recital

A recital performance scheduled by the student in coordination with their applied music instructor that acts as public verification of level 3 competency (junior level) or level 4 competency (senior level). 

Ad Hoc Recital

A recital performance scheduled by the student that does not qualify as a Noon Recital, Studio Recital, or Degree Recital. Ad Hoc and Ensemble recitals do not count towards a fulfillment of the recital requirement. This includes recitals scheduled as part of courses outside of the student’s applied music course.

More information on Recital Requirements can be found in the Music Major Handbook.

Noon Recitals

Performances on noon recitals are limited to no more than 8 minutes per performer. Exceptions must be pre-approved by applied instructor and the Music Department Chair.

Noon Recital Date Confirmation and Program Submission:

Your noon recital spot is not confirmed and finalized until the following has taken place:

  1. Request a performance date in person at the Music Resource Center (MB 2047)
  2. Download and complete the Noon Recital Program Information Form
    Only typed forms will be accepted.
  3. Return the form to the Music Resource Center no later than one week prior to your Noon Recital Performance date.

Degree Recitals

The procedure to schedule a degree recital is a two-step process, involving a successful Degree Recital Jury in advance of your Degree Recital Performance.

STEP ONE. Schedule your Degree Recital Performance date with the Music Resource Center (MB 2047) by the end of the "add/drop" period of the semester prior to the performance semester.

No recital may be given during the last two weeks of any semester (Monday of the last week of classes through Friday of finals week). Departmental approval is required for recital date scheduling during academic breaks.

STEP TWO. A degree Recital Jury date and time will be scheduled for you by the Music Resource Center. Degree Recital Juries are scheduled to be as close to 5 weeks prior to the scheduled Degree Recital Performance date as possible. You will receive confirmation of both your performance date and your jury date, time, and location by email.

To your Degree Recital Jury you must bring:

A student will pass the Degree Recital Jury if two or more faculty jury members agree that the performance is acceptable, at which time the Degree Recital Performance will be officially confirmed.

Download the Degree Recital Checklist to make sure you don't miss anything!

Music Equipment Office [MB 1525]

The Music Equipment Office is responsible for the repair, maintenance, issuance, movement, setup, storage, and inventory control of musical instruments, equipment and accessories for the Department of Music.

Contact & Location:

Dan Howdeshell
Equipment Technician
Office: MB 1525
Phone: 510-885-3115

Checkout Procedures

CSUEB students, alumni who are current members of the Music Alumni Chapter of the CSUEB Alumni Association, and faculty may check out instruments, equipment, or other needs. All equipment checkouts require the permission of a faculty member. No equipment will be issued without authorization. No student may checkout any materials if he/she has overdue materials still out. Equipment borrowed is due the last day of finals of the quarter during which it is checked out, and can be renewed if needed for performance or rehearsal for the following quarter.

An equipment issuance form must be completed for all equipment that is borrowed. Signature on the issuance form acknowledges that any damage, theft, or loss is the sole responsibility of the signed. Equipment issuance forms are located at the Music Equipment Office (MB 1525).

Lost or Damaged Equipment

Lost or damaged equipment is the responsibility of the person whose name appears on the checkout card, and that responsible party will be issued a bill for replacement or repair of the equipment.


Equipment is available for rental to schools, performing ensembles, festivals or other events. Please contact the Equipment Technician for pricing and additional information.

Lockers for instrument storage are issued according to the following conditions and regulations:

  1. Lockers will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. Lockers will only be assigned for storage of musical instruments used in classes offered by the Music Department.
  3. Only one will be assigned at a time. Students needing more locker space will be accommodated at a later time, provided that there are more lockers available and the student has proven need for additional storage space.
  4. Locker sizes will be assigned according to the instrument to be stored. The following chart will be used to determine which size locker will be assigned for a particular instrument.
  5. Some instruments cannot be stored in lockers due to the limited locker sizes available. If there are no lockers that can reasonably accommodate an instrument, that instrument may be stored in room 1525 during posted working hours, space permitting.
  6. Lockers will need to be reissued each quarter. Two weeks before the end of the current quarter, a list will be placed outside room 1525. Students will sign name to identify their intent to retain their current lockers. Students failing to do so given a one-week grace period to retain the locker. Students failing to do so after the grace period will have the content emptied, and combination changed. Contents will be retained in room 1525 for one quarter after removal and then will be sent either to Public Safety or discarded as deemed fit.
  7. Lockers with keys will be subject to the additional checkout procedures because of having a key issued. Reissue will follow the above procedures and those set forth in the equipment loan policy.
  8. Lockers are subject to inspection and search at the discretion of the Department and/ or University Police. The students are allowed to occupy the locker, but retain no rights and or/ privileges to the locker. (By accepting the combination, students acknowledge these terms and limited use conditions.)
  9. The Department of Music reserves the right to terminate the students use of any locker at any time. Furthermore, the Department of Music, accepts no liability for any item or article within the locker. The Department of Music will not be held liable for theft or damage to any student property or supplies while in the locker.
Use lockers at your own risk!

Recording Services

CSUEB Recording Services handles all recording of Department of Music events and concerts. This includes the Noon Recital Series, ensemble recitals such as Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, and Symphonic Band, student degree recitals, and special faculty or guest recitals.

Automated Recording Platform (ARP)

CSUEB Recording Services utilizes an automated recording platform (ARP) in MB 1055 to record all recitals and concerts. ARP will begin recording five minutes before the scheduled event and will record until a half hour after the event is scheduled to end on the CSUEB Events Calendar.

If your recording is held in MB 1055*, it will be entered into ARP. 

  • Concerts recorded via ARP are available online free of charge to CSUEB students, faculty, and staff at the Music Major Group in Blackboard. (choose "Music Majors" under "Organizations and Clubs")
  • To obtain a CD copy of a recital performance, email with your name and the specific dates and times of the recordings you wish to have copies of. If a recording is available for duplication, you will be emailed an invoice to pay for the CDs at the Warren Hall Cashier's office. The fee for each CD made is $15*.

If your recording is not held in MB 1055, then you must email to arrange for an estimate for recording services. Fees for recording concerts are calculated on a case-by-case basis.

*ARP is not available in MB 1039, the University Theatre, or the Studio Theatre. This should be kept in mind in those cases when a recital is split between two locations.

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