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  1. The Win-Win Legacy of PPLP

    Celebrating 30 Years of The Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program On a sun-soaked Tuesday afternoon at the E.V. Moore Building, Kelley Benson, coordinator of SMTD’s Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program (PPLP), sits with a 13-year-old student at a piano and offers gentle advice. He is playing Sonatina in G major, op. 20, no. 1 by Jan Dussek…

  2. Securely Talented

    Barrett Foa plays a techno-geek on TV, but is never far from his musical theatre roots. Barrett Foa (BFA ’99) never expected to enjoy the security of anything resembling a nine-to-five job. Like most musical theatre graduates, he lived the “gypsy” lifestyle of a Broadway actor/singer/dancer for the first 10 years of his performance career,…

  3. Rhapsody in Maize & Blue

    The University of Michigan/Gershwin Initiative establishes SMTD as an epicenter of study on the music of George and Ira Gershwin It would be no surprise to find scholars at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance whistling “Nice Work If You Can Get It” these days. One of the many sparkling songs…

  4. Technology Takes the Stage

    There is much about the study and performance of music, theatre, and dance in the new millennium that hasn’t changed in centuries: talent, practice, knowledge, inspiration, and passion are still essential ingredients that drive the performing arts. Yet while these elements remain constant, in recent years performing arts technologies have evolved in unprecedented ways. As…

  5. The Road to Success is Paved with…. SCHOLARSHIPS!

    It may be true that talent creates its own opportunities. But just as fundamentally, when opportunity is provided to the talented, success is not far behind. In the performing arts, opportunity comes in many guises—from getting that first big break to meeting someone influential in the field, to simply being in the right place at…