B.A. in Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Applied Study in Composition, Instrumental Performance or Vocal Performance
You can pursue the Certificate of Music Education while pursuing a Bachelor of Art in Music degree at CSUEB. Students must be admitted into the B.A. in Music degree in order to start this certificate.

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 and/or creative 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.

Degree Requirements Unit-Outline [120 units]

The 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.

Music Major Specific Requirements [54 units]

For course descriptions and more detailed information please visit the Music Department B.A. University Catalog page.

* Please note, our program requirements have changed as of Fall 2021. All students graduate based on the requirements listed in the CSUEB Catalog year they entered. You can access old Catalog years on the CSUEB website, or by contacting the Music Department.


Lower Division Required Courses [15 Units]

Upper Division Required Courses [21 Units]

Applied Music and Ensembles [8 Units]

  • Take 4 units of Applied Music Study (MUS 261 - 269). Placement in Applied Study courses, except for Group Applied Study, is determined by audition. Students must complete 4 units of Applied Music Study (MUS 261 - 269 or MUS 461 - 469) in residence at CSUEB.
  • Take 4 units of Major Performing Ensembles (MUS 351-359).  Placement in Major Performing Ensembles courses is determined by audition.

Music Electives [10 Units]

These 10 units of Music Electives differ from the Free Electives (9 units) which are also part of the B.A. in Music degree requirements. Music Majors can use their Free Elective units for music courses if they so wish.