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Frequently Asked Questions

Undergraduates

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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 CSUMentor. What is it? Why do I have to do this?

All applications for CSULB are routed through CSUMentor. It is the central California State University application page. To begin your application, go to https://secure.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/grad_apply.asp. 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 CSUMentor 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 upload a weblink. To upload your materials electronically, go to:

DROPitTObccmgradapp
Password: csulb.music

Click "Choose File," then "Upload."

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

  • You MUST send each file separately, so name your files so we can identify you.
  • 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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  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • 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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