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Who Should Submit

Undergraduate applicants:
  • without classical performance experience
  • Composers without a primary instrument
  • Singer/Songwriters
  • Music Producers and Sound Designers

Graduate applicants in Areas of Emphasis that require submission of materials. 

Undergraduate Creative Portfolio

Once you've completed the University application process, the Music Department will contact you to submit your creative portfolio. If you have completed your application, but you still haven't received an email, please contact the Music Department ASAP.

Department of Music
Music Building, MB 2569
Phone: (510) 885-3135

Your creative portfolio is made out of two parts:

  1. Creative Samples. These represent your musical potential and creativity, and they can take various forms depending on your area of interest: MIDI recordings, audio recordings, PDF scores, and PDF lead sheets are all welcomed. At least two samples should be submitted. If you have any questions about the validity of your materials, please email Dr. Inés Thiebaut.
  2. On-Campus Interview. Scheduled during Audition Week. Dates and times will be sent to you once you complete the University application process. During your interview you will have the opportunity to talk about your creative samples submitted.
If you are unable to travel to CSUEB, you will be asked to upload a Personal Statement where you describe your goals and plans. It should be 2-3 pages long (please use Times New Roman, size 12 font, double spaced), and its purpose is for you to tell us why do you want to study music in general, and why do you want to study at CSU East Bay specifically. This statement should include your objectives, observations of your musical potential and personal strengths and weaknesses, any significant experiences or honors, and any other information you think important. At the end of the personal statement please list the creative samples you are uploading to the application, along with a brief description / explanation about each one.

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.

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé
  2. Two (2) references. These references should be teachers or colleagues who can assess your readiness to undertake graduate study. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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