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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Summer Plans & Internships

May 12, 2015

The following guest post was written by current Eastman student Mary Russek.  Thanks Mary! ************************************* Wow, another year at Eastman…check! In this post I’d like to share with you my summer plans. I’ll also let you in on a little secret that many students don’t know: summer is a fantastic time to be in Rochester! […]


Things to do in and around downtown Rochester

April 29, 2015

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! *** Things to do near the Eastman Campus On the block surrounding Eastman, there is […]


Looking back on my time at Eastman

April 13, 2015

The following guest post was written by Betsy Pilon, BM ’15.  Thanks Betsy! *********** With graduation in less than a month, and my move out date looming in the all-too-near future, I’m already beginning to miss my time at Eastman. I’m excited to move on and continue my education in vocal performance and opera; I’m […]


Five things to do while waiting for your college decisions

March 20, 2015

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.  Here are some tips to help you make the most of the next phase of […]