Special Awards

The Eastman Community Music School presents many awards during its annual commencement ceremony in June. These awards recognize special achievements in all areas of study of the school from performance to academic achievement. Some awards are linked to the diplomas and others are presented separately.

Diploma with Honors

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Graduation 2015 — Honors Graduates

In addition the 9 distinct diplomas, the Eastman Community Music School has been awarding diplomas with Honors from the school’s inception more than 80 years ago! Almost all of our diplomas may be awarded with honors.

A diploma with honors is an accolade reserved for those who have achieved the highest level of musical artistry and proven themselves to be fine scholars. Many of our diploma candidates are truly excellent performers, far above their peers both academically and musically. The honors diploma recognizes the very highest level of achievement within this already select group.

For a complete description of the requirements of the diploma with Honors, please see the following: Honor’s Jury – Student Information

Advanced Achievement

(may be awarded to students not enrolled in the Diploma Program)

The Certificate of Advanced Achievement in Performance recognizes the attainment of ECMS Level 6 in a departmental jury, and may be granted upon the recommendation of the jury. This certificate is generally appended to the Diploma, but it may also be awarded to exceptional students, in their senior year, who have studied with us for at least two years, performed in ECMS recitals, and taken annual juries, but who are not pursuing the diploma course.

The Certificate of Advanced Achievement in Music Theory may be awarded during senior year upon earning straight A’s in an enriched course of study, comprising at least four years of classwork as prescribed by the Theory department. This certificate may also be awarded to students who have not pursued all mandated private lessons, performance and ensemble requirements for the Diploma.

The ECMS Dean’s List recognizes students who receive an A in all activities, including lessons and at least two other classes or ensembles in a given year.