University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Explore endless opportunities at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD):

  • Study one-on-one with world-class artists and educators in a conservatory-style setting
  • Perform with a large ensemble in concerts at the historic Hill Auditorium
  • Collaborate with other musicians as well as dancers, actors, directors, choreographers, filmmakers, and more
  • Pursue coursework or a dual major in U-M’s top programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, and more
  • Explore the classic college experience at a Big 10 university

SMTD offers an unparalleled synergy of scholarship, artistry, and comprehensive education in performance, research, and pedagogy. In addition to performance and music education, SMTD offers outstanding programs in:

  • Composition
  • Jazz
  • Musical Theatre
  • Performing Arts Technology

You can go well beyond your primary degree with minors in subjects including Popular Music Studies, Performing Arts Management and Entrepreneurship, Musical Theatre Composition, and more.

At SMTD, you can easily couple your performance degree with teacher certification, broadening and deepening career opportunities. In addition, SMTD’s three-year Summer Master’s in Music Education is a highly respected degree program enabling music educators to obtain an advanced degree during the summer months.

SMTD is revolutionizing the way performing arts students prepare for their future. You will have access to the EXCEL Lab, one of the nation’s most robust career planning and entrepreneurship programs, which offers guidance, mentorship, and generous funding for student ventures. You will have ample opportunities to get involved in a variety of community engagement programs across multiple disciplines. You can lay the groundwork for your future while still enrolled by forming chamber ensembles, organizing music and arts festivals, or establishing music programs for underserved schoolchildren.

The SMTD faculty are more than just highly skilled and dedicated teachers; they are celebrated artists and scholars at the top of their field. With more than 155 full-time faculty members, you are guaranteed one-on-one learning and individualized mentorship.

Performance opportunities for students abound. More than 900 events are presented annually, from solo and chamber music recitals to large choir, band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble concerts, and from early music to electronic.

The alumni home of celebrated music artists, technologists, scholars, educators, and administrators, SMTD has been graduating leaders in the field for more than 140 years.

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