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2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Director: Johannes M. Stosch

Conservatory Office: University Music Center (UMC), Room C306

Telephone: (562) 985‑4781


Faculty: David Anglin, Jermie Arnold, Edward Atkatz, John T. Barcellona, Richard P. Birkemeier (Emeritus), Ray Briggs, John A. Carnahan, Shun-Lin Chou, Alicia Doyle, Kristine K. Forney (Emeritus), Rob Frear, Christine Guter, H. Martin Herman, Roger C. Hickman, Jeff Jarvis, Elizabeth Lindau, Johannes M. Stosch, Joshua Palkki, Donald J. Para (Emeritus), Alan Shockley, Moni Simeonov, Jonathan Talberg, Tamara Thies, Raymond Torres-Santos, Leland Vail (Emeritus), Daniel Zanutto.

Undergraduate: Kirsten Sumpter
Graduate Advisor: Alicia Doyle
Credential Advisor: Tamara Thies

Applied Music
Contact the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music for a complete list of applied faculty or visit the conservatory’s website at

Administrative Coordinator: Elizabeth Gutierrez

Students desiring information should contact the Conservatory 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


Undergraduate Degree Students

The undergraduate music curriculum provides programs for the student  who intends to: become a professional musician (BM Performance); enter the teaching profession (BM Music Education); pursue a career in composition (BM Composition); explore performance and scholarship (BM Music History); or pursue an advanced degree in music (MM or MA in Music).

Students interested in any Conservatory major must successfully complete an audition for entrance to the program. This should be accomplished prior to acceptance by the University. Students wishing to declare an education major must also pass an interview with the music education faculty. All entering freshmen and transfer students are required to take a theory placement test.New Conservatory students should check the Conservatory website 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 a 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 conservatory does not provide instruction in acoustic guitar. A limited number of jazz guitar students will be admitted each year.

Students wishing to change their degree option within the Conservatory, after admission, must satisfy the admission requirements for the new major. This may require, for example, auditioning as a performance major, interviewing as an education major, or submitting a portfolio as a composition major. Students wishing to add a second Conservatory major to their degree option must demonstrate they can complete the rigors of this endeavor by maintaining a 3.0 GPA and by making progress in both degrees as stated in the Timely Graduation Policy of the University. The second major cannot be added until the student has completed at least one semester at CSULB to confirm GPA.

All undergraduate music majors are required to pass an Upper Division Screening Examination (UDSE) in applied music on their primary instrument or voice before advancement to upper division applied study. The UDSE will cover technical studies and repertoire as determined by each applied area. Specific information regarding the test may be obtained in the Conservatory. This exam is administered at a regular jury. It must be attempted at the end of the fourth semester of study for those beginning as Freshmen. Transfer students must attempt it no later than the end of the second semester of study. Students should prepare to pass the UDSE in their first attempt. If a student fails the exam in their first attempt, one additional attempt will be permitted. If after two attempts a student fails the UDSE, the student will be dismissed from the music degree program in which they are enrolled.

Each student must pass a piano proficiency examination regardless of the performance area (piano majors excepted). Detailed information is available on the BCCM website.

All Music majors must audition for a Major Performance Organization (MPO) in their area each semester and must participate in the MPO as determined by audition. Participation in additional ensembles may be used as electives. Auditions for these ensembles typically occurs the week before school begins in August. Please see the Conservatory website for specific dates and times.

Graduate Degree Students

The Bob Cole Conservatory 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 Conservatory 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 conservatory requirements listed below.

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


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