Department of Music
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
Office: Music and Business Bldg. 2571
Phone: (510) 885-3135 FAX: (510) 885-3461
Frank J. La Rocca, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Ellen Wassermann, M.M. Peabody Conservatory
Rafael Hernandez, D.M. Indiana University
Buddy O. James, D.M.A. University of Southern California
Peter K. Marsh, Ph.D. Indiana University
Dorsey M. Butler, III, D.M.A. University of Texas at Austin
John Eros (Interim Chair), Ph.D. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Danielle Gaudry, D.M.A. University of Cincinnati
Graduate Coordinator: Peter K. Marsh
The Master of Arts degree in Music is designed for those individuals pursuing careers as public or private school teachers for professional performers and composers, for school and college music teachers who wish to increase their professional effectiveness, and for those who plan further music study at the doctoral level. Courses emphasize scholarly performance and include in-depth work and research in the student's major field of interest. The ultimate goal of the Department of Music is to develop well-informed performers, independent scholars, and inspired teachers.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an M.A. in Music from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery within their primary area of emphasis, i.e. performance, composition, research, conducting, or teaching;
- Apply critical and creative thinking and analytical reasoning to address complex challenges in music theory, music history, and world music;
- Work collaboratively and respectfully with other musicians in a performance context; and
- Integrate musical ideas, methods, theory, and practice, and communicate them to others clearly and persuasively, in classroom and performance settings.
The Department of Music faculty have achieved an enviable reputation for their high degree of academic, professional, and classroom expertise. Faculty, students, and alumni are proud of the program and its success in graduating well-prepared students who have continued to work in the music field locally, nationally, and internationally. The programs of the Department of Music are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Areas of Emphasis
Within the M.A. degree program, students will concentrate their study in one of four areas of emphasis: (1) Performance, (2) Composition-Theory, (3) Music Education, and (4) Music History and Literature.
The performance emphasis is designed to prepare the student as a professional performer or teacher through the advancement of instrumental or vocal skills and the study of selected historical, stylistic, and theoretical courses. An audition is required before a student is accepted into this area of emphasis. Performance of a Graduate Recital is a major goal of this program. Graduate performance students will receive a sixty-minute lesson each week of the regular quarter.
This area of emphasis is designed for the student who wishes to continue developing toward a professional level as a composer and who wishes to continue further study of music theory. Most students in this program aim toward careers as professional composers and teachers. Some continue into doctoral programs at other universities. Composition students are given a sixty-minute lesson each week. The successful completion of a substantial original composition, accompanied by a written analysis, is required for students in this area.
Courses in Music Education are designed to deal with the practical aspects of teaching music in the public and private schools. Emphasis is placed on conducting skills, conceptual teaching, rehearsal techniques, organizational procedures, and appropriate pedagogical approaches for all levels of teaching development. Students who adopt this emphasis usually will have had previous teaching experience, but this program is open to all qualified applicants. A standard thesis or project is a requirement in this area.
Music History and Literature
This area of emphasis is designed to give sufficient academic work and background to those students who wish to continue graduate study at the doctoral level or for students wishing to teach in the areas of history, literature, and music appreciation. Classes offered by the Department of Music cover all the major historical periods and specific historical studies are offered as seminars. A student who pursues this option is expected to be able to do independent research and will complete a standard thesis.
Scholarships, including the Graduate Equity Fellowships, are available for new and continuing graduate students. Contact the Department of Music office at (510) 885-3135 for more information.
Upon making application to the program, a candidate may be admitted for graduate study in the Department of Music as a "Conditionally Classified Graduate" student if: (1) the general requirements for graduate standing have been met, and (2) the student holds a baccalaureate degree with a major in music and an upper division grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") in music.
Students wishing to enroll in the graduate program who do not have a major in music must first complete an equivalency of the Cal State East Bay B.A. degree major in Music. When the equivalency has been completed, the student will then be eligible for entrance into the graduate program, subject to the entrance requirements stated above.
Graduate Music Advisory Examinations
The Graduate Music Advisory Examinations, given by the Department of Music, must be taken prior to the beginning of the student's first quarter in residence. These examinations include dictation, theory, history and literature, and piano proficiency. Contact the department for the date of these examinations.
Graduate Entrance Audition-Performance, Composition
All graduate applicants seeking admission into the Performance or Composition-Theory areas of emphasis must perform an audition or submit original scores prior to being accepted for graduate level applied lessons. These evaluations are held prior to the registration period for the fall, winter and spring quarters. Performance auditions are twenty minutes in length. Composition students should submit tapes and scores of their works for evaluation. Contact the department for the date of these auditions.
Classification in the Program
A student may be a "Classified Graduate" student if (s)he:
- Has completed all undergraduate deficiencies;
- Has completed at least 12 quarter units in residence at the 6000-level applicable toward the master's degree, including Music 6000, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0;
- Has passed the Graduate Advisory Examinations in basic piano proficiency, ear training, music history and literature, and music theory. The Graduate Advisory Examinations must be passed by the time the student has completed 20 units applicable to the degree or the student will be dropped from the program;
- As a graduate student pursuing the history-literature area of emphasis, has demonstrated reading ability in French, German, or Italian; other languages may be substituted by approval of the department;
- Has fulfilled the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
Advancement to Candidacy
A student who holds "Classified Graduate" standing may be considered for Advancement to Candidacy when (s)he:
- Has filed a study program for the completion of the degree which has been approved by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee;
- If electing the performance emphasis, has successfully demonstrated a graduate standard of excellence before an auditions committee.
To be eligible for the Master of Arts degree a student must:
- Be Advanced to Candidacy;
- Complete 45 units of approved courses of which:
- 32 must be completed in residence;
- 24 must be at the 6000 level;
- A minimum of 9 units must be in one of the four possible areas of emphasis: composition-theory, history-literature, music education, or performance;
- Not more than 12 units of applied music will be counted in the performance area of emphasis;
- Up to, but no more than 3 units of applied music, when approved by an advisor, may be applied toward degree requirements by candidates outside the performance area of emphasis;
- At least 3 units in addition to those in the area of emphasis must be completed in each of the following areas: composition-theory, history-literature, and music education;
- Up to, but no more than 9 units of study outside of music may be counted toward the degree (these units must be approved by a graduate advisor and must be at the 3000 level or above);
- Present a thesis or project in one of the following forms:
- In the history-literature area, a standard research thesis (University Thesis, MUS 6910);
- In the composition-theory area, an original composition;
- In the music education area, either a standard research thesis (University Thesis, MUS 6910) or a project (Project, MUS 6899);
- In the performance area, a final graduate recital;
- Pass both written and oral examinations upon completion of all coursework. (Students who do not complete a thesis or project are required to pass a comprehensive examination.)
The candidate must observe the specific departmental requirements stated here and in the Handbook for Music Majors.
Curricular Requirements (45 units)
- Core Classes (12-15 units)
- MUS 6000 Seminar in Bibliography and Research Methods (3)
- One course in Theory (3)
- One course in History/Literature (3)
- One course in Music Education (3)
- MUS 6610-6699 Graduate Applied Music (0-3)
- Other Required Studies in Music (9-18 units)
- Emphasis area classes (9-12)
- University Thesis or Project (0-6)
- Electives (12-21 units)
- In Music (6-12)
- In Music, or, with approval, outside of Music (9)
- Pass written and oral examinations (0)
While it is not required that graduate music students enroll in performance activities and/or chamber ensembles, it is recommended, and the additional experience earned will be beneficial. Credit earned in these activities is not included in the 45 quarter units required for the M. A. degree in Music.
Upper Division Music Courses Acceptable for Master's Degree
Before enrolling in any undergraduate course the graduate student should be aware of the minimum requirement of 6000-level units and should consult his or her advisor in the department.
- 4054 Instrumentation
- 4435 Seminar in Public School Instrumental Teaching Techniques
- 4440 Seminar in Public School Choral Teaching Techniques
- 4445 Seminar in Elementary Classroom Music Teaching Techniques
3000-level courses may be acceptable for the master's degree with approval of the graduate advisor.
In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation which are described in the Graduate Degree Information chapter in this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five-year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. The candidate is responsible for seeing an advisor and planning a tentative program, for completing the prerequisites to program approval, and for taking the Graduate Advisory Examinations.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6000||Seminar in Bibliography and Research Methods (3)
Analysis of specialized bibliography and methodology employed in the four main areas of music history/literature, theory and composition, music education, and performance. Individual research on selected topics. Required for Advancement to Candidacy. Prerequisite: graduate standing in music or consent of the instructor.
|6085||Interactivity with Sound & Music I (4)
Rudiments of hardware and software connectivity between different devices and programs for sound and music. Topics include the use of MIDI, Open Sound Control, and non-musically focused technology to create new sounds and musical experiences. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
|6086||Interactivity with Sound & Music II (4)
Continuation of Interactive Sound & Music I. Detailed study of the use of consumer hardware in conjunction with software protocols for controlling sound and music over computer networks. Rudimentary algorithmic music composition. Prerequisite: MUS 6085 or consent of instructor.
Development of an original product which is summarized in a written abstract. Both the project and the abstract are submitted to the department which specifies their formats. Supervision by a departmental committee, at least one of whom must be a Cal State East Bay faculty member. Oral defense may be required. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Maximum of 3 units per student.
|6910||University Thesis (1-6)
Development and writing of a formal research paper for submission to the university in the specified bound format. Supervision by a departmental committee, at least one of whom must be a Cal State East Bay faculty member. Oral defense normally required. (See also, "University Thesis Writing Guide," www.csueastbay.edu/thesiswritingguide.) Prerequisite: graduate standing. Maximum of 6 units per student.
|6999||Issues in Music (4)
Readings, discussion, and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in music. May be repeated for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units.
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|6380||Advanced Conducting (Choral I) (3)
Analysis, interpretation, score reading, and actual experience in conducting in an advanced rehearsal situation. Prerequisites: MUS 3380, 3390, or equivalents. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor, for a maximum of 6 units.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6100||Seminar in History of Western Music (4)
Advanced review of the history of Western music from the Medieval period to the present. Emphasis on stylistic, formal, and theoretical development. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Not for credit toward M.A. degree in music.
|6105||History of Music, Medieval to Renaissance (3)
A comprehensive study of musical forms and styles from 1100 to 1600 with detailed analyses of representative works and theoretical writings. Prerequisites: graduate standing in music or consent of instructor, MUS 3155-57, or equivalents.>
|6115||Music in the Baroque Period (3)
A detailed study of musical styles, forms, and performance practice from 1600 to 1750, with analyses of representative works. Prerequisites: graduate standing in music or consent of instructor, MUS 3155-57, or equivalents.
|6125||Music of the Classical Period (3)
A detailed study of the development of musical forms and performance media, from the Rococo to the end of the 18th Century. Prerequisites: graduate standing in music or consent of instructor, MUS 3155-57, or equivalents.
|6135||Music of the Romantic Period (3)
An intensive study of the structure and development of music from Beethoven through the end of the 19th Century. Prerequisites: graduate standing in music or consent of instructor, MUS 3155-5, or equivalents.
|6155||Music and Culture of Asia (3)
Issues of identity, politics, modernization, and globalization, as encountered through the music of the Asian diaspora of the Bay Area. Music of India, Indonesia, Japan and central Asian countries will be studied from an ethnomusicological perspective. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Music or permission of instructor.
|6180||Contemporary Music (3)
Research of developments in music since 1950, including recent 12-tone theory, aleatoric techniques, and electronic music. Prerequisites: MUS 3157 and 3034 or consent of instructor.
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|6015, 6016||Analysis of Musical Styles I, II (3,3)
Analysis of compositional styles from chant to present-day music. Compositional principles are derived from the music with results then generalized according to composer and period. Prerequisite: MUS 3034 or consent of instructor.
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|6280||Advanced Applied Conducting (2)
Ensemble conducting techniques including stylistic, pedagogical, and physical studies in gesture. Score analysis and ear training through the study of music from all genres and historical periods. Advanced rehearsal techniques and program building, including the development of ensemble. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. May be repeated five times for credit for a maximum of 12 units.
|6601||Graduate Vocal Coaching (1)
Individual vocal coaching in collaborative music making for music majors or minors with Graduate-level performance ability. Coaching times arranged according to graduate degree recital expectations as outlined in the music major handbook. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or Departmental approval. Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 6220 or MUS 6620. May be repeated 11 times for credit for a maximum of 12 units. Students may enroll in a maximum of 3 units in a single quarter. A-F grading only.
|6602||Graduate Instrumental Coaching (1)
Individual instrumental coaching in collaborative music making for music majors or minors with Graduate-level performance ability. Coaching times arranged according to graduate degree recital expectations as outlined in the music major handbook. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or Departmental approval. Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in at least one course drawn from MUS 6610-6699 or MUS 6210-6299. May be repeated 11 times for credit for a maximum of 12 units. Students may enroll in a maximum of 3 units in a single quarter. A-F grading only.
|6610-6699||Graduate Applied Study (1-3 each)
Individual instruction for music majors or minors with Graduate-level performance ability. Audition required. At the end of third quarter of study, students demonstrate their progress before a faculty jury. A failed jury results in a failing grade for the course. Prerequisite: Graduate level performance ability as outlined in the Department of Music Handbook. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 units. Students may enroll in a maximum of two units in a single quarter. A-F grading only.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6900||Independent Study (1-4)|