The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) is unique amongst its peer institutions: It is a top performing arts school, featuring exceptional conservatory training, embedded within the nation’s number one public research university.*
SMTD is striving to be the most relevant school of performing arts in the world through a rich culture of innovation, inclusion and excellence. We are educating and preparing students to be relevant to their field of study and empowering them to make their field of study relevant to their communities, thus insuring careers that are personally rewarding and financially sustainable.
SMTD is revolutionizing the way performing arts students prepare for their future: It provides one of the nation’s most robust career planning and entrepreneurship programs –including generous funding for student ventures—and a variety of community engagement programs across multiple disciplines.
The school is further distinguished by an unparalleled synergy of scholarship, artistry and comprehensive education in all disciplines of performance, as well as research and pedagogy. Thanks to U-M’s tremendous academic breadth and resources—with top programs in liberal arts, business, engineering and more—unlimited academic options are available along with focused musical training, brilliant research, and unrivaled interdisciplinary opportunities.
In addition to traditional music programs, SMTD is equally strong in jazz, musical theatre and performing arts technology. The faculty comprises internationally renowned artists and scholars at the top of their field, with more than 120 full-time members, guaranteeing one-on-one learning and individualized mentorship. Performance opportunities abound, with 450 events annually, including large ensemble concerts at historic Hill Auditorium, where the world’s greatest soloists and ensembles also perform, many participating in residencies and master classes with our students.
The alumni home of celebrated music artists, technologists, scholars, educators and administrators, SMTD has been graduating leaders in the field for more than 135 years.
*(National Science Foundation)