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Frequently Asked Questions

Undergraduates

Auditions

I am interested in attending the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music for my undergrad. Do I need to audition?

Yes, all music majors must audition including prospective composition, music education, and music history majors. After submitting your university application, new students who wish to become a music major are required to audition for admittance into the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. You may sign up for an audition slot on the prospective student page of our website.

What is required for the audition?

Audition requirements vary by area. Please visit the Undergraduate Auditions page to view the requirements.

When should I audition?

Auditions are held in February for students entering in the Fall semester and October for students entering in Spring semester (Spring admission is for transfer students only and is subject to the Chancellor’s Office opening admissions). Specific dates will be updated on the Undergraduate Auditions page. Students should audition the semester before they intend to enroll as a music major. Auditions for our Jazz Studies and Graduate programs are held once a year for admittance in the Fall semester.

How long does the audition last?

The actual audition can last anywhere from 8-15 minutes depending on the area for which you are auditioning. You can reserve your audition time on our Undergraduate Auditions page.

What can I expect at my audition?

Depending on your scheduled time, you are requested to arrive at least 1 hour before your audition to allow check-in and warm-up time. There are two orientations held each audition day, as well as optional tours. The brief orientation will cover topics such as degree requirements, tuition and fees, financial aid, scholarships, and housing. Students will also take a self-administered music theory evaluation.

You will have 20 minutes of warm-up time followed immediately by your audition. Once you have completed your audition and turned in your preliminary theory evaluation, your audition day is complete unless you choose to take one of the available tours. Audition results will be emailed to you following the auditions.

Will an accompanist be provided for my audition?

We provide accompanists for all vocal, brass and vocal jazz applicants. Please bring your accompaniment music with you to your audition. Note that you will not have a rehearsal time with our accompanists; therefore, you may provide your own accompanist if you wish. Piano, Instrumental Jazz, Woodwinds, and Strings are not required to have an accompanist.

What if I am unable to attend the Audition days or if I live too far away to attend?

If you are unable to attend any of our audition days, you must contact the Area Director of your instrument to try to setup an audition on a different date. If you are unable to attend the live auditions because you live too far away, you may submit a prescreen audition to the Area Director who will then invite you to a live audition at a later date. All prospective students who audition by tape or Skype must still pass an in-person audition before being officially admitted. Please note that all auditions must take place no later than March 1st for Fall semester admittance and November 1st for Spring admittance. If you have questions please contact the BCCM office at (562) 985-4781.

Are scholarships available for incoming students?

Yes, there are university scholarships available for incoming students with financial need and talent scholarships for incoming students by audition for the Conservatory. Talent scholarships are determined at the audition. Most scholarships are renewable: renewals require you to be in good standing, making satisfactory progress toward your degree, and maintain the appropriate GPA required for your particular scholarship. You must also perform in ensembles as determined by the Conservatory. Scholarships are credited to your university account.

Unlike most other universities, we charge no additional fees for private lessons. They are a part of the acceptance package and equivalent to $3,828.00 over four years of full-time enrollment.

I have auditioned and been accepted to the Conservatory, but I have not heard from the University. What do I do?

Acceptance to the BCCM does not guarantee acceptance into the university. You must also be admitted by the university in order to enroll. If you have questions regarding your application to the university please contact the BCCM office (562) 985-4781 or Admissions and Records (562) 985-5471.

Do I need to pass the audition in order to take music classes?

The majority of our classes are only available to our declared music majors—those who have successfully completed an audition. There are, however, some classes open to the entire student population. Please check the course catalog and schedule of classes to view the courses being offered.

Advising

Can you tell me the equivalency acceptance of a transfer class?

Please contact the undergraduate Advisor for the BCCM, Kirsten Sumpter, (562)985-8434 kirsten.sumpter@csulb.edu.

Whom can I contact about transfer units?

Please contact the undergraduate Advisor for the BCCM, Kirsten Sumpter, (562)985-8434 kirsten.sumpter@csulb.edu.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates

I’m interested in a CSULB MA or MM program. What do I do next?

The first document you should consult is the Letter from the Graduate Advisor, which gives you a complete overview of your application process and audition requirements.

The second document you should read is the Master of Arts and Master of Music Graduate Handbook. This document tells you everything you need to know about admission requirements, the application process, audition information, and degree requirements.

How do I know whether I am a Master of Arts or a Master of Music applicant?

These are two different degree streams and have different application requirements. If you are applying for a degree in Music Education or Musicology, you are a Master of Arts applicant. If you are applying for a degree in Composition, Instrumental/Vocal Performance, Instrumental/Choral Conducting, Opera, or Jazz Studies, you are a Master of Music applicant.

I’ve noticed I have to apply through CalStateApply. What is it? Why do I have to do this?

All applications for CSULB are routed through CalStateApply. It is the central California State University application page. To begin your application, go to https://www.calstate.edu/apply. Choose the appropriate semester. Make sure your computer settings are set to allow pop-ups. This application is fairly long and you are able to save each section as you go and work on it over a series of sessions. Pay the application fee directly through CalStateApply once you have completed your application.

What is a pre-screening audition and how do I do this?

For any MM degree performance degree (Instrumental/Vocal Performance, Conducting, Opera Studies, Jazz Studies, Percussion) you must include a pre-screening video that shows you performing. This is due at the time of your application (January 15). You can send a DVD or send a link to bccm.gradapp@gmail.com.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

  • Your name MUST be in the Subject Line of your uploaded file. If a document does NOT have a name, IT WILL BE DELETED.
  • Example: Regan_MacNay_prescreening_video

CONVENTIONAL SUMBISSION:

If you wish to submit your audition materials via conventional mail instead, send all materials to this address:

  • Attention: Alicia Doyle
  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
  • 562-985-2490 fax
  • csulb.edu/coleconservatory

What supplementary materials do I need to submit?

To complete your application, you must send official transcripts, three (3) letters of recommendation, a cover letter, and a professional résumé to:

  • Attention: Alicia Doyle
  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
  • 562-985-2490 fax
  • csulb.edu/coleconservatory

The cover letter should outline why you are applying and why your skills/experiences/talents are right for this graduate program. Think of it as a job application: it should introduce your résumé and sell your ’fit-ness’ for the Bob Cole Conservatory.

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  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
  • 562-985-4781 phone
  • 562-985-2490 fax
  • csulb.edu/coleconservatory

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