The Department of Music at Cal State East Bay offers students outstanding, culturally relevant musical and educational experiences within a nurturing and inclusive environment. These experiences provide opportunities for personal and professional enrichment by developing a greater appreciation and understanding of the art of music. Through performance, creative activity, research, scholarship, and teaching, students are prepared for careers as performers, composers, teachers, independent scholars, and advanced study.

The department integrates rigorous academic training with a driving passion for making great music: the classics from the European-American tradition, jazz, the new "classics" of our own time, world music, experimental music, music technology, sound design, and more. With a wide variety of opportunities for performing and composing and a deep commitment to teacher education, the music department offers something for all students seriously committed to pursuing a life in music.


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Career Opportunities Include:

Arranger • Choral Director • Composer • Concert Artist • Conductor • DJ • Film/Video Composer • Freelance Performer • Jazz Musician • Music Professor/Teacher • Musical Theater Director • Symphony Member


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Courses You Might Take

MUS 108 - The Language of Music

An introduction to the materials and structure of Western tonal art music, including notation, pitch, rhythm, meter, scales and keys, intervals, chords, harmonic progressions and voice-leading, and form.

MUS 111 - Music Theory I

The first of three intensive courses that introduce students to the inner workings of European art music of the 18th and 19th centuries. This course covers diatonic harmony, as well as part-writing, voice-leading, and harmonization techniques.

MUS 304 - World Music & Culture

Investigating various world music traditions, including those in Africa, South America, and Asia, with an emphasis on connections with culture and history. Previous musical experience is welcome but not necessary.

MUS 381 - Essentials of Music Technology

Introduces the fundamental concepts of music technology, including acoustics and the elements of sound, audio recording, sample editing and overall sound mixing. Overviews advanced topics in the field, such as DSP and synthesis.

MUS 414 - Contemporary Orchestration and Arranging

A course devoted to fundamentals of instrumentation and arranging for contemporary band and orchestral instruments. Studies basic elements of each instrument, followed by examination and analysis of orchestration problems and solutions from repertoire.

MUS 485 - Sound Design I: Sampling, Editing, and Mixing

A course for advanced students interested in music production through sampling programming. Advanced audio recording techniques, sample editing, and audio processing tools are covered.

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Department of Music
  • California State University, East Bay
  • Music Building, MB 2569
  • Hayward, CA 94542