University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

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 revolutionizing the way performing arts students prepare for their future: we provide 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. We are preparing students to launch careers that are personally rewarding and financially sustainable. Many create their futures while still enrolled by forming chamber ensembles, organizing music and arts festivals, or establishing music programs for underserved schoolchildren, with funding, mentorship, and guidance provided by SMTD’s entrepreneurship program. For music educators: check out the 3-year Summer MM in Music Education – a highly-respected degree program during the summer months!

In the Fall of 2021, SMTD welcomed our dance students to North Campus with the opening of the new Dance Building. With 24,000 square feet of performance and academic spaces, the building doubles the size of the Department of Dance’s existing facilities. It features four large, flexible studio-classrooms, including a performance venue with seating for more than 100. The building brings together music, theatre, and dance students on North Campus for the first time in SMTD’s history.

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. Collaborative opportunities abound, within the music program and with actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, filmmakers, engineers, and more.

The SMTD 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. More than 900 events are presented 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)

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