Category Archives: General

Applying on More than One Instrument

The question of applying on more than one instrument comes up frequently in the music admissions process. There are some cases in which applying on more than one instrument makes sense, and others in which it is not recommended. This … Continue reading 

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Music Parents Survival Guide

If you are the parent of a music student, you might want to check out a new book from Amy Nathan called Music Parents Survival Guide.  It is full of advice and info to help you navigate the many steps … Continue reading 

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Making the most of a campus visit

Visiting a college campus is a great way to get a more complete picture of what studying there would be like. Websites are a useful starting point, but they can’t replace the first-hand experience of meeting faculty, students and staff … Continue reading 

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Apartment Search Advice for New Grad Students

The following post was also written by guest poster Amy Skjerseth, who is a recent alumna and has done her share of apartment searching.  Thanks for sharing, Amy! ************ So you’ll be attending Eastman for graduate school in the fall—congratulations!—and … Continue reading 

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Things to do in and around Rochester

Today’s post was written by Amy Skjerseth, a recent graduate of Eastman.  Her tips will help you get to know the city of Rochester, and give you the insider view on some fun things to look forward to.  Thanks Amy! … Continue reading 

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Waiting is the Hardest Part

Congratulations – you survived your college auditions!  You may feel a bit like you’ve climbed Mt. Everest, and the hard part is over.  However, the waiting period before you receive your admissions decisions can be equally (sometimes even more) difficult. … Continue reading 

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A Great Interview

Many of you will have an interview as part of your audition day at Eastman, depending on the program you are applying to.  Interviews are conducted by a member of Eastman’s faculty or staff – either individually or in small … Continue reading 

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Memorization: a necessary chore, or a path to a more enjoyable performance (audition) experience?

                  Many of you are required, or at least encouraged, to perform all or part of your audition from memory.[i]  What I’ve learned from my own performing and teaching career is that … Continue reading 

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Preparing for your audition – part 2

We previously posted some ideas on preparing for your auditions.  Here are some more suggestions to help you get ready for a great audition. Use visualization & mental rehearsal.  Creating positive mental images of an event like an audition can be a … Continue reading 

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The Dual Degree Experience

Today’s guest post is written by Amy Skjerseth, a recent graduate of Eastman and the Dual Degree program at the University of Rochester.  If you are considering a Dual Degree, you may find it useful to hear about her experiences.  … Continue reading 

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