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Frequently Asked Questions

Latest update: December 10, 2020.

This document has been updated to accommodate changes in procedures during COVID-19. Please read it carefully.

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Undergraduate Students


How do I apply to be a music major at CSULB?

You will need to submit an application to CSULB during the application period of October 1-November 30 for Fall admission and August 1-31 for Spring admission. Apply to CSULB using CalStateApply.

Where can I find admissions requirements for the University?

Please see Admissions for admission requirements for freshmen and transfers including transfer major specific requirements and supplemental application criteria (auditions).

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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, music history, and music BA 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 fill out the audition form and submit an audition video by following instructions on the Undergraduate Auditions page.

What is required for the Audition?

Audition requirements vary by area. Please visit the Undergraduate Auditions page to view the table of requirements for your instrument/voice. You will need to have your audition link ready at the time you fill out the Audition Form.

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 and/or deadlines for submission are 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. **Note: Due to COVID-19 Jazz Studies is accepting undergraduate tranfers for Spring 2021.

How long should my audition video be?

Your audition recording can last anywhere from 8-15 minutes depending on the area for which you are auditioning. Check the table of requirements for your instrument/voice on the Undergraduate Auditions page to be sure you cover everything in your audition video.

What if I miss the deadline for submitting my Video Audition?

If you miss the deadline for video audition submission, you must contact the Area Director of your instrument. If you have questions please contact the BCCM office at (562) 985-4781 or cota-music@csulb.edu.

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 Beach Central (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.

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How do I get credit for music courses taken elsewhere?

Courses taken at a California Community College (CCC) that are articulated with CSULB will only be counted for credit for lower division courses (100 and 200 level courses at CSULB). Courses that are considered upper division at CSULB (300 and 400 level) cannot be transferred for credit. Refer to Assist.org for articulation with specific CCCs.

Can you tell me if my transfer classes will count at CSULB?

Assist.org will identify any California Community College course and its articulation with a CSULB course.

Whom can I contact about transfer units?

Please contact Beach Central.

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Scholarships

Are scholarships available for incoming students?

Yes, there are university scholarships and financial aid 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 your acceptance package.

Students must submit the FAFSA annually to be eligible for any scholarships.

Financial Aid

Where can I get information on financial aid?

Visit the Financial Aid pages.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Eligibility requirements can be found on the Financial Aid Policies page.

How do I apply for the FAFSA?

Visit the How To Apply page.

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What is the GWAR?

The CSU requires all students to complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). The GWAR requirement begins with the GPE, a placement exam. This exam is used to place students into pathways that give them opportunities to achieve required learning outcomes.

What are the possible GWAR Pathways?

Please see Admissions for admission requirements for freshmen and transfers including transfer major specific requirements and supplemental application criteria (auditions).

How do I sign-up for the GPE?

Register for the GPE using the GPE Registration form.

When do I have to take the GPE?

Undergraduate students must attempt the GPE when they have achieved between 30-50 cumulative units, and transfer students shall complete the GPE preferably before they enroll at CSULB, but no later than their first semester of enrollment.

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Freqently Used Forms

Frequently used forms are available at the Enrollment Services > Forms page.

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How do I apply to graduate?

Filing for graduation tells the University that you believe you will have completed all of your degree requirements by the term you indicate. You must meet the criteria to file to graduate. This is different from participating in commencement ceremonies. Applying to graduate is done in myCSULB. Students must apply by October 15 of the preceding semester to graduate in spring/summer. Students must apply by March 1 of the preceding semester to graduate in Fall/Winter.

When do I apply to graduate?

Students must apply by October 15 of the preceding semester to graduate in spring/summer. Students must apply by March 1 of the preceding semester to graduate in Fall/Winter.

Can I walk in commencement ceremonies?

CSULB holds commencement ceremonies in May. If you are completing your degree within the academic year, you are welcome to participate in spring ceremonies. Fall graduates may choose to participate in the ceremony the previous or the following May from their degree completion term.

When is graduation?

The BCCM is in the College of the Arts. See the Commencement website for the date and time.

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Graduate Students


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.

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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. Please send a YouTube/Vimeo link to alicia.doyle@csulb.edu.

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: Gonzalez-Beatriz Prescreening Video

Conventional Submission:

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

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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 ’fitness’ for the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Even if you submitted a personal statement on CalStateApply, you need to submit this item.

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Post-Baccalaureate Credential Students


I’m a Post-Baccalaureate Single Subject Music Crediential student and I need access to register for a specific undergraduate class. Whom do I ask?

Post-Baccalaureate Single Subject Music Credential students who need permission to add specific Music Education undergraduate courses, please fill out this form:

Single Subject Credential Student Request for Class form

If you have any further questions, please contact the SSCP Advisor, Tamara Thies, at tamara.thies@csulb.edu

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