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) deadline for all students entering in the Fall 2022 is closed.

M.A. in Music (Graduate) deadline for Fall 2022 is closed.

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

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

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.

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 totaling 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.

Composers, Music Producers, and Singer/Songwriters: Submit a minimum of 2 original works that best represent your musical potential and creativity. PDF scores/lead sheets with MIDI/Audio recordings are preferred. If scores aren't available (music producers working with a DAW, for example), please include a cover letter detailing (1) the title of the piece; and (2) the software used.

Students who are not yet ready to audition or demonstrate their creative output can still apply. These students apply through the Liberal Arts Path, they are eligible to become music majors but are not eligible to receive private lessons until they successfully complete an audition or submit a successful Creative Portfolio. Liberal Arts applicants will be asked to submit a 2-3 page Statement of Purpose.

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 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. 

All transfer students must take the online placement exam before registering for music theory courses. This test determines your placement within our theory sequence to better serve you in your path towards graduating successfully.

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. During the university application, all graduate applicants must submit the below documents:
  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. 
Classical Performance: Submit a video recording (or link) 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.
Specific Requirements for:
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: Include 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 video will last a maximum of twenty minutes, and all of the music is expected to be performed from memory.
Jazz Performance: Submit a video recording (or link) 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.).
Conducting (Choral / 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. 
Composition: Submit scores (PDF format) of 3-4 representative compositions for various combinations of instruments/voices, preferably with an audio recording of the works (MIDI okay). 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.
Musicology: Submit a research paper (PDF format) 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

  • 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.