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  1. Making Music, Working on the Soul

    Whether in local schools, arts organizations, or abroad, young people around the world are being taught by dedicated and creative pedagogues who have studied music education at SMTD. Here, we highlight a small group of music educators who are making a difference in their field. Each received teaching certification when they obtained their undergraduate degrees….

  2. Always Inspirational, Forever Valiant: A Bicentennial Appreciation for the Performing Arts at Michigan

    The University of Michigan Bicentennial marks 200 years of extraordinary research, education, and public service. According to U-M’s official history, the institution was founded as one “that stresses both the life of the mind and the life of practical achievement; that is both broadly accessible and devoted to educating the leaders of the future.” While…

  3. The New Entrepreneurs

    When graduate student Ashley Stanley (flute and chamber arts) arrived at Michigan in the fall of 2014, she recognized immediately that she was receiving a world-class education. “My playing ability was improving exponentially and I was getting the chance to work with serious colleagues with unbelievable talent,” she recalled recently. But Stanley also felt that…

  4. Creating the 21st Century Artist

    Hector Flores Komatsu hadn’t planned on spending last summer in Paris. The theatre directing major was wrapping up his sophomore year at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance in April when he received a call telling him that he had been selected for a paid internship with Théâtre de la Ville, a celebrated French…

  5. Filling a Void Through Music

    Ryan Hourigan, director of the Ball State University (BSU) School of Music, is on a mission that began when he was a music education doctoral student at Michigan. “I was teaching trumpet lessons in Chelsea and met a kid named Jacob,” said Hourigan. “He had traumatic brain injury syndrome but was a great player, though…