The Vocal Performance/Opera Placement Examination is given in the week prior to the beginning of classes. It is required of all entering students, including those holding bachelor’s degrees from CSULB. Prospective graduate students in voice and opera must call the Music Conservatory Office (562) 985-4781 to register for the Vocal Performance/Opera Placement Examination Placement Examination in addition to the Music Conservatory Placement Examination required of all entering graduate students.
All applicants are required to complete the Conservatory’s Diction and Repertoire Diagnostic Exam** before registering in courses applicable to the Master of Music degree.
*Approved Major Performance Organizations (MUS 500 , MUS 530 ) by area:
Winds and Brass: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Jazz Orchestra
Percussion: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra
Strings: Symphony Orchestra
Voice: Chamber Choir, University Choir, 49er Chorus, Opera
Opera: Chamber Choir, University Choir, 49er Chorus, Opera
Jazz Studies: Concert Jazz Orchestra, Studio Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble I, Vocal Jazz Ensemble II
** Students in the Vocal Performance and Opera concentrations of the Master of Music degree are expected to show evidence of diction studies in various languages and French and German song repertoire for entrance. A diction examination will determine strengths and weaknesses in undergraduate-level knowledge in these areas. The exam results are used in the advising process to determine remedial work and for guidance in choice of electives. Students showing deficiencies may be required to take specific relevant elective courses.
Students seeking a degree in Music Education refer to the Instrumental Music and Choral-Vocal Music options under B.M. degree. All students entering the credential program after August 31, 2003 will be following the SB2042 credential program and should consult the Single Subject Credential Program requirements in this catalog. For further information consult with the Conservatory credential advisor.
Opportunities to participate in various instrumental and vocal ensembles are available to all students regardless of major. Before enrolling in a performing group, students should apply to the director of the organization in which they wish to participate. Music performance courses may be repeated; up to 8 units of credit in MUS 100 or MUS 300 may be counted toward a bachelor’s degree. Simultaneous enrollment in more than one organization is permitted.
Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music
For information, refer to the undergraduate section in this department.