• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

Key Features

The Music program at Sonoma State University is a place where students can thrive in a dynamic and creative atmosphere. We emphasize high-quality performance experiences and applied practical training. Each student's educational goals are guided by our knowledgeable and supportive faculty. 

We offer a multitude of performing ensembles, both large and small, in instrumental, choral, jazz, chamber, opera, and musical theatre. Our students have opportunities to perform in the Green Music Center's world-class venues, Weill Hall and Schroeder Recital Hall, and engage with the steady stream of professional guest artists who appear here. The department offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education, Performance, and Jazz Studies, Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music, and Minors in Music. The department has been continuously accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1972.

Accreditation

The Music Department is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Improvisation
  • Arranging 
  • Composition 
  • Jazz Piano 
  • Jazz History 
  • Symphonic Chorus
  • Chamber Singers

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete a high/secondary school curriculum which totals 12 years of primary-secondary education, and earn a graduation diploma or certificate
  • Complete high school curriculum with above satisfactory grades or marks which equals a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on the 4.0 grading scale
  • Submit official high school transcript (academic record), showing all courses with grades or marks, and graduation diploma or certificate. Official transcript must be in the original language of issue. Submit certified English translations for non-English documents
  • Submit official verification of English proficiency except where English is the applicant's native language and has attended for at least three years’ full time at an institution where English was the principal language of instruction

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7724 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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National: $1,665 per 1-6 units

Living costs for Rohnert Park

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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