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  1. The Society for Music Research hosts “Music and Borders”

    The SMTD graduate student association, the Society for Music Research, is pleased to announce its 2018 graduate-student conference, to be be held on March 10-11 in Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall in the Earl V. Moore Building. This year, the conference theme is “Music and Borders” and the keynote address, presented by Dr. Alejandro L….

  2. A Scholarly Celebration of The Beatles

    As a graduate student at SMTD, Walt Everett (professor of music theory) wanted to do his dissertation on The Beatles-but he couldn’t. That was in the early 1980s, and at the time, the Fab Four weren’t considered worthy subjects for scholarship. So Everett did a more traditional dissertation on Franz Schubert. Sticking to the academic…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Learning From the Best–A Student Celebration of SMTD Faculty

    Like many School of Music, Theatre & Dance students, Henry Nettleton, a musical theatre junior, chose U-M based on the faculty. While in high school, he attended SMTD’s “MPulse” summer program for musical theatre, run by Department of Musical Theatre chair Brent Wagner. “I was astounded at Professor Wagner’s scholarship and specificity, and his attention…