Bob Cole Conservatory of Music | California State University, Long Beach | College of the Arts

Degree Information

Undergraduate

The undergraduate music curriculum provides programs for the student: who wishes to become a professional musician; who wishes to enter the teaching profession; for whom music is part of a general education; or who is intending to pursue an advanced degree in music.

Graduate

The Department of Music offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts or Master of Music degrees. The candidate should arrange for counseling with the graduate advisor through the department office. Special placement examinations or auditions are required to validate qualifications for graduate work in music. All general requirements of the University must be met in addition to departmental requirements. For specific Masters Degree requirements please see the Masters Degree in Music Education information below.


Single Subject Credential Program

Additional requirements for the Single Subject Credential Program are available at the College of Education Website.


Masters Degree in Music Education

Rivaling the quality and size of any nationally recognized program, course offerings in the Music Education Program are comprehensive, with some academic courses available online. There are about one hundred sixty students enrolled in both the undergraduate and graduate music education programs. Graduate students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships and scholarships. We have recently become an endowed conservatory, and at this time 100% of the endowment money is earmarked for scholarships.

The Bob Cole Conservatory offers Music Education courses taught by experienced teacher/practitioners, as well as first-rate history and theory faculty. Degree electives include opportunities to advance your conducting skills, work with stellar performers, experience varied performance opportunities in excellent ensembles, and advance music teaching with technology.

The Bob Cole Conservatory offers an affordable conservatory environment, small classes, and access to experienced Music Education teachers and researchers. Most important is that each student may tailor a program to fit his or her interests.

What do you need?

  • A Bachelor of Arts with a major in music or Bachelor of Music degree, or a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 24 units of upper division coursework in music comparable to those required of a major in music at this university
  • Two (2) official copies of transcripts: one to the Office of Admissions and Records and one directly to the Graduate Advisor in the Cole Conservatory. Transcripts presented to the Admissions Office by the student are not acceptable.
  • Three (3) current letters of recommendation and a current resume directly to the Graduate Adviser in the Department of Music.
  • Complete the Cole Conservatory Graduate Placement Examination before registering in courses applicable to the Master of Arts degree.
  • A grade point average of 3.00 or better in upper division music courses. Students who do not meet the 3.00 grade point average may petition for a special review from the Department Graduate Committee.
  • Music Education students should submit a video of their teaching and a philosophy statement. Applicants generally hold a Teaching Credential. Two years of public/private school teaching experience is preferred. Exceptions are made for students who demonstrate potential in the field as an undergraduate and for foreign students.

A 30 Unit Degree

Core—13-15 units

  • MUS 696 Research Methods—3 units
  • MUS 541 Seminar in Musical Analysis—3 units
  • MUS 561/565 Music History sequence—3 units (one course selected through advisement)*
  • MUS 698 Thesis—6 units

Additional Music Courses—10 units

  • MUS 581 Foundations of Music Education—3 units
  • MUS 588 Quantitative Issues and Research in Music Ed—3 units
    *4 units from: MUS 526, 554, 575, 580, 582, 585, 587, 594, 595, 680; other courses may be used here if determined relevant to the thesis topic.

Electives—5 units

  • Selected by advisement to meet the needs of the student.

Advancement to Candidacy

Thesis Enrollment

Completion of Thesis

There are four incredibly diverse Music Education faculty members teaching at the Cole Conservatory. Our specialized experiences range from K-12 to University; Winds, Strings, Brass, Voice, Technology, and Conducting. Additionally, we are all actively involved and networked throughout the U.S. in K-12, university, and industry—providing extended opportunities for our graduate students. Please feel free to contact us for more information. If you would like to schedule a campus visit, please email either of us for arrangements.


Cole Conservatory Graduate Handbook

The Graduate Handbook for the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music can be downloaded here in Adobe Acrobat format:

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CSULB Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog

Current degree information including core requirements and options for both undergraduates and graduates is available in the Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog from the Division of Academic Affairs.

View the Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog online.


Senior/Junior Recital Program Cover

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Graduate Recital Program Cover

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