Graduate Materials Submission
In addition to the main university application, all graduate applicants must submit the below documents directly to the Department of Music. Email submissions are preferred, and should be addressed to Dr. John Eros, Graduate Coordinator.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé
- Two (2) references. These references should be teachers or colleagues who can assess your readiness to undertake graduate study.
- A Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages) describing your objectives for pursuing a graduate degree in music, as well as your short and long term goals.
- Evidence of your abilities in the area of emphasis you wish to pursue as a graduate student. The following areas require submission of materials:
Choral Music: Submit a video recording (or link) featuring at least 15 minutes of a rehearsal with a choral ensemble. You may optionally include a video of a concert performance in addition to the rehearsal video. Final candidates will be invited to campus to audition with one of the Cal State East Bay choral ensembles.
Music Education: Submit a copy of your California Teaching Credential and portfolio evidence of a minimum of two years full time teaching at the K-12 grade levels, or a minimum of three years full time teaching at the K-12 grade levels without the Credential.
Composition and/or Music Technology: Submit scores (PDF format) of 3-4 representative compositions for various combinations of instruments and voices, preferably with an audio recording of the works. In the case of electronic music, submit a PDF page in which you list the titles of the pieces, software used, and a brief description of the composition process.
Music Theory: Submit a research paper on a topic of music theory or an analysis, with commentary, of a substantial musical composition. Your submission should display your ability to clearly discuss analytical or theoretical issues.
Music History or Ethnomusicology: Submit a research paper on a topic of music history or ethnomusicology. Your submission should display your ability to write thoughtfully and with clarity about issues in music.