At Eastman we foster a community of passionate and talented students who possess the self-discipline and intellectual curiosity to succeed in music. The Bachelor of Music curriculum is a four-year* program designed to develop not only students’ performance abilities, but also their practical and academic skills.
The core curriculum of this degree centers on applied lessons, ensemble participation, music theory, music history, keyboard proficiency, and humanities. A student who chooses the BM degree program is typically preparing to become a performing musician, music educator, composer, theorist, musicologist, or a professional in another musical field.
The University of Rochester offers a Bachelor of Arts in music, which has more of a liberal arts focus, and aims to prepare students for different goals (see www.sas.rochester.edu/mur/).
Many Eastman alumni lead entrepreneurial lives, combining different aspects of music into a satisfying whole. They may play in a symphony orchestra while teaching in a college; have a studio of private students while directing a church
music program; or free-lance on a steady basis while presenting solo and chamber recitals. Eastman alumni also become lawyers, doctors, consultants, engineers, ministers and administrators. They discover that the discipline they
develop through their training at Eastman prepares them for a wide range of career options. Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership offers students additional training in arts leadership and entrepreneurship.
*Some students may take longer, including those completing two degrees or participating in Take Five, or Kaufman Entrepreneurial programs. See Academic Opportunities for more information about these programs. The Forte program is a ninth semester of tuition free enrollment for selected music education majors, to be devoted exclusively to the student teaching experience.