The value of an Eastman academic degree is demonstrated by the number of graduates who hold positions in professional orchestras, bands, chamber ensembles, opera companies, conservatories and college music departments, school music programs, community music schools, the recording industry, the musical instrument and technologies industry, and many other fields. Eastman’s performance-intensive undergraduate degree programs develop comprehensive musical skills and literacy. Graduate-degree programs integrate performance skills, music scholarship, pedagogy, and professionalism to prepare students for new challenges in the professional musical world.
The value of an Eastman education is further enriched by opportunities to earn certificates and diplomas in specific areas, and by special programs that add depth to our innovative and detailed curricula. A diploma program consists of a prescribed curriculum, including applied music instruction, academic coursework, and in some cases internship experiences. A certificate is awarded for pre-professional activity, such as outstanding performance (Performer’s Certificate or Artist’s Certificate) or intensive co-curricular work.
The undergraduate program now includes a musical arts major, Arts Leadership Certificate, and the World Music Certificate. Graduate programs include the Orchestral Studies Diploma, the Sacred Music Diploma, the Arts Leadership Certificate, the Certificate in College and/or Community Teaching, the World Music Certificate, and the Ethnomusicology Diploma. Other new programs are being developed, always with the goal of providing our students with a top-quality education that is both innovative and relevant. The Arts Leadership Certificate program is administered through the Institute for Music Leadership. All other programs are administered through the Office of Academic Affairs.
Eastman studios are an essential element in the development of instrumental and vocal mastery. In their studios, Eastman students have the opportunity to work with artist faculty, guest artists, and each other in private and master class settings. The collegial atmosphere enables Eastman students to grow in artistry in a collegial atmosphere.
Several studios (trombone, percussion and others) offer ensembles, which give regular performances and are integral parts of Eastman musical life.