This place is definitely a place to be! You will be truly, immersed in music while your time here. The city itself, really doesn't have much going on. But it's what you make of it - if you look around there are lots of things to do too! Snows a lot, a lot, A LOT. Be prepared for that. School work is very challenging, but we help each other. What really makes this place unique is our camaraderie - you meet great teachers, friends and people. They will build you up. It's a competitive school but you won't see competition amongst us, we are loving to each other here!
I love Eastman. Although Rochester isn't exactly an awesome city, all of the faculty are great and I really believe that Eastman does a good job preparing its students. Getting out of the ESM bubble is important... But if you do that the opportunities are endless.
Eastman School of Music is simply the best music school in the world. Super strong program, amazing faculty members and students, tons of performance opportunities, magnificent buildings, and prepares you for the future music world. World's No.1 Music School!