The Music Department at CSUEB welcomes all students eager to learn the art of music-making and performing. During the application process, applicants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their musical skills and potential by way of:
Option 1. Instrumental/Vocal Auditions
During the application process, the Music Department will schedule your audition via email. Information on your expected preparation can be found on our auditions page.
Option 2. Creativity/Inquiry
If the instrumental/vocal audition option does not represent who you are, you are still encouraged to apply and demonstrate your musical potential. Applicants without classical performance experience, composers without a primary instrument, singer/songwriters, music producers and sound designers will be asked to submit samples of their creativity during the application process. Information on how to submit these samples can be found on our portfolio page.
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. 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. See below for more information. Auditions will be scheduled for you during the application process, while all other materials should be sent directly Dr. John Eros, 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:
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.