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Policies & Procedures


Applying to a Degree Program in Music

There are two kinds of bachelor’s degree programs in music at the University and, hence, two different application procedures. The College offers, in cooperation with the Eastman School of Music, the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in music. This liberal arts program, based on the River Campus, includes a combination of academic study, private instruction, and ensemble experience. Although the major is a demanding one (students usually take between one-third and one-half of their courses in music), many music majors also explore beyond the introductory level in one or more nonmusic disciplines, sometimes as a double major. Private instruction on instruments and voice is available to all College students who have sufficient musical preparation to earn collegiate credit for lessons. The required auditions for lessons are arranged through the College music department, 1-339 Dewey Hall, (585) 275-2828.

The University’s Eastman School of Music offers the bachelor of music (BM) degree with majors in applied music, jazz studies and contemporary media (performance and writing skills), music composition, music theory, music education, and musical arts. Students in these majors pursue intensive studies in music performance and academic music subjects comprising approximately three-fourths of the program with the remainder devoted to study in the humanities as well as elective courses. Admission is by audition and is highly selective. The Eastman School is located in downtown Rochester and Eastman students are housed in the Student Living Center across the street from the school. Information on how to apply for a Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music is available on the Eastman admissions page. The application deadline for the Eastman School of Music is December 1.

Undergraduate Dual Degree Study

A dual degree program, offering study toward the BA or BS degree from the College (School of Arts and Sciences, Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) in addition to the BM degree from the Eastman School of Music, is available to qualified applicants. The fact that Eastman is a professional school within the University of Rochester makes such combined degree programs possible. Interested students must complete two separate application processes. Admission to the College and Eastman may be based on different criteria and require different application deadlines. Financial aid at the two schools is based on different criteria and policies. This autonomy of admission processes gives each school the latitude to enroll its ideal students.

Once applicants are successfully admitted to Eastman and to the College, they are considered dual degree students of the University. Advisors on each campus are assigned to these students to coordinate the two degree programs. 

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