How to Apply

Deadlines for CSUApply

All applicants (freshmen, transfer, and graduate students) apply to the CSUEB Music Department through Cal State Apply. Please visit the CSUEB Admissions Office for updated information on general university requirements.

B.A. in Music (Undergraduate) deadlines:

  • Applicants for Fall 2021 must apply before December 4, 2020.

M.A. in Music (Graduate) deadlines:

  • Applicants for Fall 2021 must apply before April 15, 2021.

Music Department Additional Requirements

The Department of Music at CSUEB welcomes students eager to engage in serious music study within a liberal arts university setting. Applicants for the Bachelor of Music will be asked to demonstrate their musical interests, abilities, and potential by submitting examples of their work after completing their CSUApply application.

Once you've completed the CSUApply application, you will receive instructions via email from the CSUEB Department of Music Department on how to submit additional materials. If you have completed your CSUApply application, but still haven't received an email within one week, please contact the CSUEB Department of Music.

Phone: (510) 885-3135
Email: music@csueastbay.edu

Find your area of interest below to learn more about what you will be asked to submit:

Composers, Sound Designers, and Singer/Songwriters must submit a minimum of 2 original works / compositions that best represent your musical potential and creativity in the form of MIDI/Audio recordings and/or PDF scores/lead sheets.

Instrumentalists (Classical Piano and Percussion (see below)). Submit an audition video showcasing two contrasting selections lasting no more than ten minutes total. Show a contrast of musical styles choosing from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern eras. Jazz Instrumentalists should also demonstrate improvisation skills in addition to the requirements for all instrumentalists (above). Accompaniment is not required but you are welcome to provide your own.

Percussion: Submit an audition video showcasing two contrasting selections lasting no more than ten minutes total. Show a contrast of musical styles and musical instruments (i.e. snare drum and marimba, etc. . .) Jazz drummers should also demonstrate the following styles: Medium Tempo Swing; Up Tempo 50s Bebop; Medium Tempo Jazz Waltz; Bossa Nova (medium); Afro Cuban (medium to fast); Funk; Hip hop (any tempo).

Classical Piano: Submit an audition video including two or three memorized works of different style periods lasting no more than ten minutes total. Sections of compositions are acceptable in order to stay within the ten minute timeframe. Repertoire selections could include:

  • Baroque compositions such as Bach Inventions or Sinfonias, a Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier, 1-2 movements from a French Suite, English Suite, or Partita;
  • a first movement of a classical sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or their contemporaries;
  • a work from the Romantic period (Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt);
  • a work from the early 20th century (Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, Bartók) or the 21st-century

Vocalists: Submit an audition video showcasing two contrasting selections totalling no more than ten minutes. At least one song should be in a language other than English. Classical songs or arias, folk songs, and Musical Theatre selections are preferred. All songs should be memorized and sung with accompaniment.

Applicants without previous performing or composing experience should submit a Personal Statement where you describe your goals and plans. The Personal Statement should be 2-3 pages in length and explain why you want to study music in general, and why you want to study at CSU East Bay specifically. The Personal Statement should include your objectives, observations of your musical potential, personal strengths and weaknesses, any significant experiences or honors, and any other information that you think is important.

Transfer Students:
The Cal State East Bay Department of Music welcomes Transfer Students from other accredited institutions of higher education. Students transferring from community colleges may refer to www.assist.org for more information on transfer agreements. Students transferring from South China Normal University may refer to this document for more information on their transfer agreement. 

Make sure you visit the CSUEB Graduate Admissions page for specific university requirements. Prospective international applicants should also visit the University's International Student Admissions page and start the application process as soon as possible.
In addition to the main university application, all graduate applicants must submit the below documents directly to the Department of Music.
  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. See below for more information. Auditions will be scheduled for you during the application process, while all other materials should be sent directly to Dr. Omri Shimron, Graduate Coordinator. 
Areas of Emphasis that require in-person auditions:
  • Instrumentalists: Prepare an audition that includes at least two representative works from the applicant’s Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music senior recital or comparable repertory. Three or four pieces drawn from multiple style periods are expected. 
  • Pianists: Representative works from the applicant’s Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music senior recital or comparable repertory. Three or four pieces drawn from multiple style periods are expected, including a complete sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or contemporaries. Memorization is required. Sight-reading will also be evaluated.
  • Vocalists: Prepare an audition that includes each of the following: a Baroque aria (sacred or secular); a song by a German Romantic composer; a song by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc, Duparc, or Chausson; a song composed after 1950; and an operatic aria in Italian. The audition will last a maximum of twenty minutes and all of the music is expected to be performed from memory.
  • Jazz Studies: Prepare an audition that includes: (a) a blues melody and solo on 3-5 choruses; and (b) the melody and solo on 1-2 choruses of either a song from the Great American Songbook (e.g. “Stella,” “All The Things You Are,” “Like Some In Love,” etc.) or a jazz standard (e.g. “Moments Notice,” “Stablemates,” “Along Came Betty,” etc.).
Areas of Emphasis that require online submission of materials:
  • Conducting Studies (Choral and Instrumental): Submit a video recording (or link) featuring at least 15 minutes of a rehearsal with an 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 ensembles.
  • Music Education: Submit a teaching video recording (or link) featuring at least 15 minutes of music teaching at the K-12 level in a school classroom or ensemble setting. An on-campus interview may be required.    
  • Composition: 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 and World Music: Submit a research paper on a topic of music history or world music. Your submission should display your ability to write thoughtfully and with clarity about issues in music.
The Certificate in Music Education may be obtained in two ways:
  1. 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.
  2. As a post-baccalaureate applicant. Post-baccalaureate applicants apply to the CSUEB Certificate in Music Education program as graduate students. You can find more information on graduate requirements on the Graduate Admissions page.
Prospective Certificate in Music Education students who apply for graduate study through CSUApply will be asked to provide the following:
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Two (2) letters of reference
  3. A statement of purpose (2-3 double-spaced pages) describing your formal background and training in music, and your reasons for becoming a K-12 music teacher
  4. Undergraduate transcripts
  5. A 15-minute uninterrupted video of you teaching music in a group setting (class or rehearsal, not performance). Videos of individual lessons are not appropriate
For more information, please contact Dr. John Eros, advisor for Music Education.

Submission Specifications

Once you've completed the CSUApply application, you will receive instructions via email from the CSUEB Department of Music Department on how to submit additional materials.

  • Be prepared to share audition videos as web links in platforms such as YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox, or similar.
  • All other files, such as MIDI/Audio recording files of compositions (mp3, wma, wav, aiff), and PDF files should be labeled with your last name, and numbered if multiple files are submitted (for example: Smith_Sample1.wma). Sharing links to these files in platforms such as SoundCloud, YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox, or similar are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.