- Arts Leadership Program
- Dual Degree
- Sacred Music Diploma
- Certificate in College and/or Community Music Teaching
- Orchestral Studies Diploma
The goal of the Arts Leadership Program (ALP) is to make a seamless transition from formal education to the working world. The ALP prepares Eastman students for a rapidly changing musical culture and an increasingly competitive marketplace by integrating career advising with professional curricula and real world professional opportunities. Intensive, one-on-one advising helps participants within the Arts Leadership Program coordinate courses, find internships/externships, create independent study plans, meet with potential mentors and discover opportunities that complement their intended career paths. The ALP recognizes that success as a professional musician requires more than superb technique and artistry: success also requires entrepreneurial savvy, strong communication skills, fluency with emerging technologies, commitment to audience education, and public advocacy for music and the arts. Moreover, the future health and growth of our musical culture relies on the energy and imagination of the next generation of musicians and artists.
The Eastman School allows the development of individualized dual degree and double major programs at the graduate level. Such programs, for example, may combine performance with an academic area of specialty or with conducting, composition, or music education. Students contemplating a double major or dual degree should expect to augment significantly the minimum number of courses for the single major or single degree program.
Dual-degree or double major programs normally are formed after the student has been accepted to, and has begun study, in one major or degree. Once a graduate student has begun a single major or degree program at Eastman, approval for a double major is obtained from the Graduate Office. A student interested in adding a second degree must apply through the Office of Admissions. Admission is based on the highest recommendations from all departments involved.
Eastman’s unique resources permit strong majors in a broad spectrum of fields of graduate study. Qualified students may pursue a combination PhD and DMA degree program. The PhD program normally will have a major in theory or musicology, combined with a DMA program in performance and literature.
More information on dual degrees and double majors for graduate students is available here:
The aim of the Sacred Music Diploma is to equip students with the knowledge and skill set necessary to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing and diverse settings in which sacred music is practiced today. It gives grounding in a variety of worship traditions, both liturgical and non-liturgical. It also provides courses to develop skills for those serving churches now and in the future – while at the same time maintaining the high musical and performance standards traditionally expected of Eastman students. The curriculum stresses both an understanding of historical perspectives in liturgy and music, as well as practical skills that will meet changing environments. At the heart of the curriculum is a two-semester supervised internship, which includes mentoring in local church positions in the Rochester community.
Certificate in College and/or Community Music Teaching
The new Certificate in College and/or Community Music Teaching Program provides graduate students in applied music with opportunities to improve their teaching skills under the supervision of established teachers through coursework, seminars, and internships. This is not a stand-alone program; rather, it is to be undertaken in conjunction with an Eastman graduate degree. Increasingly, as part of the interview process, candidates for faculty positions are asked specifically to demonstrate their teaching skills and to address issues of teaching and learning. The Certificate in College and/or Community Music Teaching curriculum is designed to prepare students to become more effective teachers.
Originated by the Eastman School in 1999, and in partnership with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), the Orchestral Studies Diploma in Strings (OSD) provides advanced students of violin, viola, violoncello, or double bass an edge as they prepare for careers in today’s competitive orchestral marketplace. Those accepted as orchestral graduate students gain on-stage professional playing experience and a deeper understanding of the orchestra’s offstage operations. The heart of the program is the opportunity to perform with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for ten weeks of classical subscription concerts. In addition, orchestral graduate students learn the “business” side of what makes orchestras succeed. They enroll in special classes taught by Eastman faculty and RPO musicians and staff, and serve an internship in the RPO’s administrative office. The 16 credit diploma is available to students enrolled in the Eastman MM or DMA program.