Admissions Blog

Music School during COVID: My First-Year Experience

April 28, 2021

My name is Janae Gaddy, and I am a first-year Double Bass Performance major studying with Professor James VanDemark. As a student who has not only navigated the “unknowns” of the college transition process, but also the unique experience of attending a music school during COVID-19, I am often asked about my school experience thus […]


COVID-19 and the Eastman Admissions Process

April 14, 2020

COVID-19 continues to have a profound effect on our lives, schools, and the ways that we make music. The Eastman School of Music Office of Admissions is keenly aware of the challenges that this poses for applicants and prospective students. We understand that students’ family circumstances, education, and musical opportunities are all being deeply impacted, […]


The Absolute #1 Best Music School for You (and why I can’t tell you what it is)

November 18, 2019

This is a guest post from Matthew Ardizzone, Eastman’s Associate Dean of Admissions & Enrollment Management. US News & World Report recently came out with its highly anticipated annual ranking of colleges and universities. Now that music schools are no longer separately ranked by the Report, I tend to view this list with even greater […]


Broadening my Horizons with Fiddling

January 24, 2019

The following post was written by undergraduate violinist Katie Knudsvig.  Thanks Katie! *********** I was floored and honored to have been accepted into the BM Program studying Violin Performance at Eastman. When I arrived here on the first day of new-student orientation in the fall of my freshman year, I had a lot of wild […]


My First 100 Days at Eastman: Life as a First Year

December 14, 2018

The following post was written by first-year viola student Sophia Moreira.  Thanks Sophia! ********** Day 1: August 22nd Today is finally here! I have been counting down the days until move-in since I committed to Eastman in April. This highly anticipated day was filled with excitement and apprehension. “Would I forget anything important I need for my […]


Applying to Eastman: Insider Tips

November 7, 2018

The December 1st Eastman application deadline is coming up soon! Here are some insider tips from an admissions counselor to help you avoid common problems: Read the instructions first. The importance of this step can’t be overstated.  Every school you are applying to will have its own unique requirements, and you must read the instructions […]


What’s special about Eastman? – part 1

July 13, 2018

This is the first post in a two-part series written by Matthew Ardizzone, Eastman’s Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management. [Updated July 6, 2018] In my last post I wrote about the problems inherent in music school rankings (which are always subjective) and challenged prospective students to seek out what distinguishes each school, rather […]


What’s special about Eastman? – part 2

July 13, 2018

This is the second post in a two-part series written by Matthew Ardizzone, Eastman’s Associate Dean of Admissions. In Part One on this topic, I focused on our students and alumni.  As music schools across the country start to grapple with the question of how to best prepare their students for the changing musical landscape […]


George Eastman and the Chamber of Secrets

May 8, 2018

Like the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Eastman School of Music is a historic building riddled with overlooked passageways. While we are able to show many of its most beautiful spaces on our campus tours, some of its more interesting rooms get left out. In fact, there are many spots around campus that […]


My Senior Degree Recital

May 4, 2018

The following post was written by senior jazz major Matt Bent.  Thanks Matt! *********** As a freshman at Eastman, I heard some absolutely incredible performances. I remember sitting in Kilbourn Hall with my newly-found friends and listening to many of the seniors give their degree recitals. Some of these performances really blew me away and […]