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College of the Arts

Chair: John A. Carnahan

Department Office: University Music Center (UMC), Room C306
Telephone: (562) 985-4781
Website: www.csulb.edu/~music

Faculty: David Anglin, John T. Barcellona, Richard P. Birkemeier, Carolyn Bremer, Ray Briggs, Gervacio Jose E. Brondial, John A. Carnahan, Michael R. Carney, Shun-Lin Chou, Joan de Albuquerque, Alicia Doyle, Kristine K. Forney, H. Martin Herman, Roger C. Hickman, Jeff Jarvis, Justus F. Matthews (Emeritus), Deborah Mitchell, Donald J. Para, Jonathan Talberg, Leland Vail, Daniel Zanutto

Undergraduate: Leland Vail
Graduate Advisor: Kristine K. Forney
Credential Advisor: Deborah Mitchell

Applied Music

Contact the Department of Music for a complete list of applied faculty or visit the department's website at www.csulb.edu/~music

Administrative Coordinator: Debi Scroggins

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors: Undergraduate Advisor, Music Education (credential) Advisor or Graduate Advisor.

Career Possibilities

Performer • Choral Director • Instrumental Conductor • Music Teacher • Music Director • Composer/Arranger • Copyist • Musical Instrument Sales Representative • Music Librarian • Music Critic • Music Editor • Performing Arts Manager (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)


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.

All entering freshmen and transfer students are required to take a theory placement test and performance audition which are regularly administered in Spring and late Fall and are also available at the beginning of registration week each semester. Each entering student should inquire at the Music Office for dates and details. In addition, new students are required to meet with the advisor prior to registration.

Each music major must declare a specialization in some performance area (voice, piano, or other orchestral instrument), develop ability in this area, appear in student recitals, and demonstrate progress to the satisfaction of the faculty. NOTE: Due to admissions limitations, the department is no longer providing instruction in acoustic guitar. A limited number of jazz guitar students will be admitted each year.

All undergraduate music majors are required to pass a screening examination in applied music on their primary instrument or voice before advancement to upper division applied study. This upper division screening exam (UDSE) will cover repertoire that is determined by each applied area. Specific information regarding the test may be obtained in the music office or from the advisor. The exam will be administered at a regular jury after four (4) semesters of applied study, however transfer students may elect to take it earlier. Failure to pass the exam will result in automatic suspension of all music departmental scholarship aid and continued applied study at the lower division level through university extension (a fee is required). The exam may be repeated.

Each student must pass a piano proficiency examination regardless of the performance area (piano majors excepted). Detailed information may be obtained in the Music Office.

Participation in a major performance organization (MUS 100/300) is required of each music major each semester. The performance ensemble must be approved by the department. Undergraduates are also required to register for Music Forum (MUS 11) every semester in residence to a total of 5 units (does not count toward degree) and MUS 210A, 210B.

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 listed below. California State University, Long Beach is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) (National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, phone: 703-437-0700).