Admissions Blog

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 […]


The Gig Scene: A Jazz Major’s Perspective

November 8, 2017

The following guest post was written by current jazz trombone major Abe Nouri, class of 2018.  Thanks Abe! *** My name is Abe Nouri and I am a senior jazz trombone major studying with Mark Kellogg. As a Student Ambassador in the Eastman Admissions Office, I am often asked what the gig scene and performance […]


Quick Tips for Attending a College Fair

September 24, 2017

Each fall across the US there are many college fair events where students and parents can talk to representatives from college and universities to gather information and ask questions.  Some fairs are aimed specifically students who are interested in the performing and visual arts. If you are within driving distance of Rochester, you should definitely […]


My Eastman Novel – advice for first-years from a graduating senior

August 30, 2017

The following guest post was written by Eastman alumnus Nick German.  Thanks Nick – we miss you! ************************************ My Eastman Novel The life of a young musician is filled with many ups and downs. They are all part of the excitement, growth, and adventure that music brings us. When I graduated from high school, people […]


Being a Business-Minded Musician

April 12, 2017

The following guest post was written by Kara Miller, Class of 2018.  Thanks Kara! ******** As a dual degree student pursuing both horn performance and business, people often say to me, “Oh good, you have a backup plan that will actually make you money,” as if being a musician isn’t enough. Usually I just smile and […]


My time at Eastman – A bird’s eye view

April 6, 2017

The following guest post was written by Anna Lenhert ’17.  Thanks Anna! ***** It is impossible to adequately cover five years of phenomenal opportunities and memories in one blog post, but here is my best “bird’s eye” reflection on my time here at Eastman. Though it may sound cliché, my time here has been everything I […]