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Minors & Certificates

Minors and Certificates are intended to recognize a coherent sequence of courses in a particular area and serve as recognition of the completion of in-depth study. Unless otherwise stipulated by your School or department, the following minors are available to SMTD students. For information on minor or certificate declaration, please see the appropriate department.


Applying and Advising: Students interested in the Dance minor should contact Professor Bill DeYoung. Applicants who have not taken UM Dance Department technique courses at the 101-level or above should send a video of at least one minute in length that demonstrates dance proficiency and a one-page dance resume to Professor Bill DeYoung. Pending review and acceptance, the student is invited to enroll in Dance 101, 102, 103, or 104 as an entry-level course in the program. All eligible U-M undergraduate students may apply.

Requirements: Twenty two credits over four areas

TECHNIQUE (Minimum 8 credits)
Dance Technique Classes from DANCE 101 – DANCE 428: Modern, Ballet, Improvisation, Afro-Caribbean, Congolese

COMPOSITION (Minimum 2 courses selected from the following)
DANCE 131: Dance Comp I (2 credits)
DANCE 132: Dance Comp II (2 credits)
DANCE 231: Dance Comp III (2 credits)
DANCE 232: Dance Comp IV (2 credits)
DANCE 332: Movement Improv (2 credits)
DANCE 335: Dance & Related Arts (2 credits)
DANCE 431: Dramaturgy for Physical Performance (3 credits)

DANCE HISTORY (Minimum 2 courses selected from the following)
DANCE 342: Topics in World Dance (3 credits)
DANCE 346: The Development of Dance Music Repertory (3 credits)
DANCE 347: Dancing Cities; Cultural Capitals (3 credits)
DANCE 348: Africanist Traditions (3 credits)
DANCE 445: Dancing Women/Dancing Queer (3 credits)
DANCE 448: Writing Dancing (3 credits)
DANCE 496: Anxieties and Fantasies of Racial Integration in 20th Century American Performance (3 credits)
RCHUMS 260: Art of Dance (3 credits)
RCHUMS 444: Balanchine Seminar (3 credits)

ELECTIVES
Any course in Dance History (3 credits)
Any course in Dance Composition (2-3 credits)
Any course in Repertory (by audition or invitation only; 1 credit)
DANCE 242: The Integration of Music and Movement (2 credits)
DANCE 251: Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dancers (3 credits)
DANCE 352: Body Knowledge (3 credits)

The Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies minor teaches students how to analyze, perform, and create works emerging from diverse cultural contexts. Students will develop skills in multicultural and intercultural performance analysis, historical/cultural research, and critical thought and public performance. Students will also engage in organizing, networking, and interacting with diverse cultural communities.

The minor complements existing programs in SMTD, LSA, Art and Design, and the Residential College by providing students with global and diverse perspectives on performance. For performance majors (Theatre, Music, and Dance), the minor builds upon traditional arts training and enhances job prospects in an increasingly interdependent cultural economy. For non-theatre majors, the minor provides experiences in performance practice, playmaking, and theatre studies.

Applying and Advising: Students interested in the Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies minor should contact Professor Anita Gonzalez.

Requirements: Five courses or 15 credits of coursework. Courses are a balance of studio practice classes and applied literary analysis. A capstone course immerses students in an international and/or community engagement experience.

REQUIRED COURSES
THTREMUS 222: Introduction to Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies (3 credits)
THEATRE 233: Modern Rituals/Traditional Practices (3 credits)
THEATRE 324: Global Community Practicum or equivalent (3 credits)

Students may earn remaining credits among the following courses:
ELECTIVE COURSES
THEATRE 325: Contemporary American Drama (3 credits)
THEATRE 326: Intercultural Drama (3 credits)
THEATRE 332: Performing Archives and Oral Histories (3 credits)
THEATRE 340: Devised Theatre (3 credits)
THEATRE 440: Special Topics (3 credits)

The SMTD minor in Performing Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (PAME) invites exceptional students to add arts management and venture training to their academic portfolio. Such training is intended to amplify the careers of students engaged with the performing arts through knowledge, skills, and hands-on experiences to increase and broaden the impact of their creative talents. Similarly, students in Business, Communications, Design, or other programs throughout the University can add an arts business dimension to their curriculum. Understanding ideation, budgeting, fundraising, project management, marketing, production, social impact, corporate structures, and creative problem solving techniques can help advance all careers in the arts. Whether working independently, within a for-profit or social-profit institution, or most likely in some combination of ventures, performing arts management and entrepreneurship training amplifies the symbiosis of artistry, business, and community that enriches the performing arts and culture as a whole.

Applying and Advising: Students interested in the PAME minor should contact Professor Greg Poggi  or smtdexcel@umich.edu. The PAME minor is open to all eligible U-M undergraduate students. Those interested in this minor must take at least one course from the list of gateway courses to become eligible for the minor. Once a gateway course is completed successfully, the student would interview with a PAME advisor and apply for admission to the minor.

Conditions: An overall GPA of 2.0 or above within the minor must be achieved; all courses used to fulfill minor requirements must be elected both for credit and for a grade; students may elect both an LSA music minor and the PAME minor; up to six credits earned outside of U-M or its sponsored programs may be used to fulfill requirements for the minor.

Exclusions: Production practica are not eligible courses for the minor; no more than two courses fulfilling a requirement in the PAME minor may simultaneously be counted to cover another degree requirement; AP credits may not be used to satisfy minor requirements.

Requirements: At least 15 credits with a minimum of five courses chosen from each of the following three categories. All eligible courses taken prior to application to the minor can be used to fulfill the 15 credit requirement. The minor requires one introductory course, a minimum of two electives, and at least one practicum course or capstone project. A student’s path through the minor should be developed in consultation with an advisor to meet a student’s professional goals. While taking the introductory course early in a student’s period of study is recommended, courses may be taken in any order.

REQUIRED INTRODUCTORY COURSE (Minimum 1 course selected from the following)
THEATRE 385: Performing Arts Management (2 credits; THEATRE 250 is a prerequisite for THEATRE 385)
ARTSADMN 450: Arts Entrepreneurship Essentials (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 472: Business of Music (3 credits)

SMTD ELECTIVE COURSES (Complete at least 2 courses among eligible elective courses)
ARTSADMN 406: Special Topics in Arts Administration (3 credits)
THEATRE 435: Producing in American Theatre (3 credits)
THEATRE 438: Legal Issues in the Arts (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 475: Music Industry Workshop: Starting Music Businesses (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 477: Creating Social Value through the Arts (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 410: Arts Entrepreneurship Forum (2 credits)
THEATRE 426: Fundraising and the Arts (2 credits)
ARTSADMN 401: Your Career in the Arts (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 402: Money Smarts for Artists (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 421: DIY Marketing and Social Media (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 422: Writing About Your Art (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 423: Grant Writing and Fundraising Basics (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 424: Legal Essentials for Artists (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 428: Arts Leadership (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 431: Running Your Own Ensemble, Theatre Troupe, or Dance Company (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 432: The Recording Industry (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 433: Media Technology Careers (1 credit)
ORGSTUDY 495: Non-Profit Organizations (2 credits)
RCHUMS 334: Community Empowerment through the Arts (4 credits)
Other related courses by petition and approval of the PAME academic advisor (variable credits)

PRACTICA (Complete a capstone project through at least one of the following courses. Note that any one course may be repeated once and a maximum of four practicum courses may be used for the minor.)
ARTSADMN 475: Music Industry Workshop: Launching Music Businesses (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 477: Creating Social Value through the Arts (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 491: Internship (1-4 credits)
ARTSADMN 493: Special Projects (1-3 credits)
ARTSADMN 495: EXCELerator Practicum (1-3 credits)
ARTSADMN 497: Community Service Project (1-3 credits)

The Playwriting minor focuses on principles and techniques for the composition of creative works in theatre, as well as possible exploration in different writing genres (i.e. screenwriting, fiction, and poetry). The minor includes in-depth instruction in the craft of writing, analysis, script editing/reading, and possible creation of full production(s). The minor is open to all undergraduate U-M students.

Applying and Advising: Students interested in the Playwriting minor should contact Professor José Casas. Students in the playwriting minor must adhere to any prerequisites that are required of any given class.

REQUIRED TOPICS COURSES I
THEATRE 227: Introductory Playwriting (3 credits)
THEATRE 327: Playwriting II (3 credits)
THEATRE 427: Advanced Playwriting (3 credits)

REQUIRED TOPICS COURSES II
THEATRE 101: Introduction to Acting (3 credits)
THEATRE 181: Acting I (3 credits)

ELECTIVES
ENGLISH 223: Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits)
ENGLISH 230: Introduction to Novel and Short Story (3 credits)
RCHUMS 281: Introduction to Comedy and Tragedy: Inside the Dramatic Process (3 credits)
RCHUMS 341: Community Empowerment through the Arts: An Intro to Theory and Practice (3 credits)
RCHUMS 482: Director and Text1 (3 credits)
THEATRE 241: Directing I1 (3 credits)
THEATRE 283: Script Analysis (2 credits)
THEATRE 321: History of Theatre I (3 credits)
THEATRE 322: History of Theatre II (3 credits)
THEATRE 323: American Theatre and Drama (3 credits)
THEATRE 325: Contemporary American Theatre and Drama (3 credits)
THEATRE 332: Performing Archives and Oral Histories1 (3 credits)
THEATRE 333: Documentary Theatre (3 credits)
THEATRE 340: Devising Theatre1 (3 credits)
THEATRE 417: Theatre Internship2 (3 credits)
THEATRE 399: Topics in Drama1,2 (3 credits)
THEATRE 429: Writing for Production3 (3 credits)
THEATRE 434: Writing Musical Theatre1 (3 credits)
THEATRE 435: Producing in American Theatre (3 credits)
Screen Arts and Culture (SAC) 210: Intro to Screenwriting (3 credits)
Screen Arts and Culture (SAC) 308: Screenwriting for Non-majors (3 credits)

1Courses must be approved by Instructor and/or must meet any prerequisites that may be required.
2Courses must be approved by Program Advisor/Playwriting Faculty Member.
3May be taken for up to six credit hours toward completion of minor.

Applying and Advising: Students interested in the Theatre Design and Production minor should contact Professor Christianne Myers. Students enrolled in the Theatre Department’s current degree programs (Performance, Directing, and the BTA) are not eligible for this minor, nor are the students majoring in the BFA in Interarts Performance degree program.

Requirements: Students will choose one of the four Design and Production tracks listed below, and confine their studies to that area. Students interested in this program must take two classes listed in their area of interest to become eligible for this program. At that point, the student would interview with the Design and Production faculty. Students must secure written approval from their home school/college to pursue a Design and Production minor and must develop a plan for the minor in consultation with an advisor in the Design and Production program.

SCENIC DESIGN
THEATRE 260: Scene Design I (3 credits)
THEATRE 360: Scene Design II (3 credits)
THEATRE 460: Scene Design III (3 credits)
THEATRE 462: Drafting (3 credits)
THEATRE 464: Scene Painting (3 credits)

COSTUME DESIGN
THEATRE 263: Rendering (3 credits)
THEATRE 277 or 478: History of Dress or History of 20th Century Dress (3 credits)
THEATRE 270: Costume Design I (3 credits)
THEATRE 370: Costume Design II (3 credits)

Six additional credits to be chosen from the following:
THEATRE 470: Costume Design III (3 credits)
THEATRE 476: Costume Crafts (3 credits)
THEATRE 452: Costume Construction (3 credits)
THEATRE 471: Women’s Pattern Drafting (3 credits)
THEATRE 571: Men’s Pattern Drafting (3 credits)
THEATRE 162: Introduction to Stage Make-up (1 credit)
THEATRE 251, 252: Production Practicum (1 credit)

LIGHTING DESIGN
THEATRE 245: Introduction to Stage Management (3 credits)
THEATRE 256: Introduction to Stage Lighting (3 credits)
THEATRE 356: Lighting Design II (3 credits)
THEATRE 456: Lighting Design III (3 credits)
THEATRE 251: Practicum I; Light Board Operator (1 credit)
THEATRE 252: Practicum II; Focus Crew (1 credit)
THEATRE 261 or 262: Practicum III or IV; Assistant ME (2 credits)
THEATRE 351: Practicum V; Assistant Lighting Designer (2 credits)

STAGE MANAGEMENT
THEATRE 245: Introduction to Stage Management (3 credits)
THEATRE 250: Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices (3 credits)
THEATRE 321 or 322: History of Theatre I or History of Theatre II (3 credits)
THEATRE 351: Practicum V; 1st ASM (3 credits)

Six additional credits to be chosen from the following:
THEATRE 101: Introduction to Acting (3 credits)
THEATRE 240: Introduction to Design (3 credits)
THEATRE 345: Stage Managing Plays (3 credits)
THEATRE 385: Performing Arts Management (3 credits)
THEATRE 435: Producing in American Theatre (3 credits)
THEATRE 446: Advanced Stage Management (3 credits)
THEATRE 462: Drafting (3 credits)

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) offers a music minor to eligible UM students. Inquiries should be made through the LSA advising office or by emailing lsamusicadvisor@umich.edu. A minor in Music is not open to students with a major in Music, including those in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Please visit the LSA music minor page for more information.

SMTD students are given the option of electing one or more academic minors offered by other Schools/Colleges at U-M (listed below). An academic minor will require no less than 15 credits of coursework, will show structure and coherence, and will contain some upper level courses. At least 10 out of the 15 credits must be taken in residence unless otherwise specified by the minor advisor. Students who declare and complete an approved academic minor will receive a notation on their student transcript but not on their diploma. Students should meet with an advisor in the School/College or area of discipline to discuss minor requirements and declaration.

MINOR (DEPARTMENT)
Afroamerican and African Studies (Afroamerican and African Studies (AAS))
American Culture (American Culture)
Anthropology (Anthropology)
Applied Statistics (Statistics)
Arab and Muslim American Studies (American Culture)
Art and Design (Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design)
Asian Languages and Cultures (Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC))
Asian Studies (Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC))
Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies (American Culture)
Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astronomy)
Biochemistry (Chemistry)
Biological Anthropology (Anthropology)
Biology (Biology)
Biophysics (Biophysics)
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Literature and Culture (Slavic Languages and Literature)
Business (Ross School of Business)
Central Eurasian Studies (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
Chemical Measurement Science (Chemistry)
Chemical Physics (Chemistry)
Chemistry (Chemistry)
Classical Archeology (Classical Studies)
Classical Civilization (Classical Studies)
Climate and Space Science and Engineering (Climate and Space Science and Engineering)
Community Action and Social Change (School of Social Work)
Complex Systems (Complex Systems (CSCS))
Computer Science (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Creative Writing (English Language and Literature)
Crime and Justice (Residential College)
Cultures and Literatures of Eastern Europe (Slavic Languages and Literature)
Czech Language, Literature, and Culture (Slavic Languages and Literature)
Digital Studies (American Culture)
Drama: Text-to-Performance (Residential College)
Early Christian Studies (Near Eastern Studies (NES))
Earth Sciences (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
East European Studies (Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Economics (Economics)
Electrical Engineering (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Energy and Science Policy (Program in the Environment (PitE))
English (English Language and Literature)
Entrepreneurship (Innovate Blue)
Environment (Program in the Environment (PitE))
Environmental Geology (Program in the Environment (PitE))
Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (Philosophy)
Food and the Environment (Program in the Environment (PitE))
French and Francophone Studies (Romance Languages and Literatures)
Gender and Health (Women’s Studies)
Gender, Race, and Nation (Women’s Studies)
General Philosophy (Philosophy)
Geology (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
German Studies (Germanic Languages and Literatures)
Global History (History)
Global Media Studies (Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC))
Greek (Ancient) Language and Literature (Classical Studies)
Greek (Modern) Language and Culture (Classical Studies)
History (History)
History of Art (History of Art)
History of Law and Policy (History)
History of Medicine and Health (History)
History of Philosophy (Philosophy)
Interdisciplinary Astronomy (Astronomy)
Intergroup Relations Education (Intergroup Relations)
International Studies (International and Comparative Studies)
Islamic Studies (Islamic Studies Program)
Italian (Romance Languages and Literatures)
Judaic Studies (Judaic Studies)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies (Latin American and Caribbean Studies)
Latin Language and Literature (Classical Studies)
Latino/a Studies (American Culture)
Law, Justice, and Social Change (Sociology)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Sexuality Studies (Women’s Studies)
Linguistics (Linguistics)
Mathematics (Mathematics)
Medical Anthropology (Anthropology)
Medieval and Early Modern Studies (History)
Mind and Meaning (Philosophy)
Modern European Studies (European Studies)
Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies (Middle Eastern and North African Studies)
Moral and Political Philosophy (Philosophy)
Movement Science (Kinesiology)
Multidisciplinary Design (Multidisciplinary Design Program, Engineering)
Museum Studies (Museum Studies)
Native American Studies (American Culture)
Naval Engineering (College or Engineering Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering)
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Near Eastern Studies)
Oceanography (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Paleontology (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Physics (Physics)
Plant Biology (Biology)
Polish Language, Literature, and Cultures (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Political Science (Political Science)
Polymer Chemistry (Chemistry)
Portuguese (Romance Languages and Literatures)
Religion (History)
Russian Language, Literature, and Culture (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Russian Studies (Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies)
Scandinavian Studies (Germanic Languages and Literatures)
Science, Technology, and Society (Residential College)
Sociology of Health and Medicine (Sociology)
Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture (Romance Languages and Literatures)
Statistics (Statistics)
Sustainability (Program in the Environment (PitE))
Translation Studies (Comparative Literature)
Ukrainian Language, Literature, and Culture (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Urban Studies (Residential College)
Water and the Environment (Program in the Environment (PitE))
Writing (Sweetland Writing Center)
Yiddish Studies (Judaic Studies)

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

Applying and Advising: Admission to the program is granted on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to apply at any time. Students who wish to pursue the certificate are encouraged to apply as early in their programs as possible. Current U-M students must be in good standing with their program and have consent of their graduate advisor as well as consent of the graduate advisor of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership to apply. Interested students should meet with a Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership advisor to map their course of study prior to submitting their application. Students who are not currently enrolled at U-M may apply directly to earn the graduate certificate.

Exclusions: Artsadmn courses can be used to satisfy any of the certificate requirements. Only internship or independent study courses may be used more than once to satisfy a requirement and only one such repeated class can be included in the certificate. No more than 1 course fulfilling a requirement in the Arts Entrepreneurship & Leadership certificate may simultaneously be counted toward another degree requirement.

Requirements: Graduate course work totaling 12 credit hours. The certificate requires students to complete at least one Artsadmn Graduate Gateway course, a minimum of two electives, and at least one practicum or independent study in Artsadmn, during which students will complete a capstone project, developed with a supervising faculty member or EXCEL administrative mentor.

REQUIRED ARTSADMN GRADUATE GATEWAY COURSES (Minimum 1 course selected from the following)
ARTSADMN 550: Arts Entrepreneurship Essentials (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 572: Business of Music (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 575: Music Industry Workshop: Starting Music Business (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 577: Creating Social Value through the Arts (3 credits)

ELECTIVE ARTSADMN COURSES
ARTSADMN 501: Your Career in the Arts (1 credits)
ARTSADMN 502: Money Smarts for Artists (1 credits)
ARTSADMN 506.001: Special Topics: Creative Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 506.002: Special Topics: Arts Leadership Forum (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 510: Arts Entrepreneurship Forum (1-2 credits)
ARTSADMN 521: DIY Marketing and Social Media (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 522: Writing about Your Art (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 523: Grant Writing and Fundraising Basics (1 credit)
ARSTADMN 524: Legal Essentials for Artists (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 526: Fundraising and the Arts (2 credits)
ARTSADMN 528: Arts Leadership (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 531: Running Your Own Ensemble, Theatre Troupe, or Dance Company (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 532: The Recording Industry (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 533: Media Technology Careers (1 credit)
ARTSADMN 535: Producing in the American Theatre (3 credits)
ARTSADMN 538: Legal Issues in the Arts (3 credits)
Other related courses by petition and approval of the PAME/EXCEL academic advisor. (variable credits)
This may include up to one graduate course of at least 3 credits in any other U-M school or department, contributing to the student’s critical understanding of business, entrepreneurship, management, strategy, marketing, social service, or leadership)

PRACTICA (Complete a capstone project, developed with a supervising faculty member or EXCEL administrative mentor, through at least one of the following courses)
ARTSADMN 591: Internship (1-4 credits)
ARTSADMN 593: Special Projects (1-3 credits)
ARTSADMN 595: EXCELerator Practicum (1-3 credits)
ARTSADMN 597: Community Service Project (1-3 credits)

The Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies (GCWPS), offered through the Center for World Performance Studies, provides students an opportunity to join an interdisciplinary cohort of Graduate Fellows, interested in performance as an artistic and scholarly field of inquiry.

For detailed information on admission and curricular requirements, please see the Center for World Performance Studies website.

The Certificate Program in Musicology is offered to students enrolled in the various Doctoral degrees in the SMTD (DMA programs, Ph.D in Music Theory, and Ph.D in Music Education). It is intended to prepare a student to teach introductory courses in music history, world music, music appreciation, and ethnomusicology at the undergraduate level, in addition to the area of his or her doctoral degree.

The Certificate Program in Musicology has four components:

  1. The level of basic competency required of all Doctoral students in Music, namely, three courses in Musicology totaling nine credit hours.
  2. A core of three required courses designed to augment and refine students’ understanding of the methods, materials, and approaches available to scholars and teachers in the field of musicology. The following courses in the Certificate track differ from those usually elected by students not in the Certificate Program.
    1. Musicology 501 – 502 (Introduction to Graduate Studies; 6 credit hours). This is a two-part introduction to the fields of historical musicology and ethnomusicology, required of all students entering into the Ph.D program in musicology. The second course (502) focuses on scholarly writing.
    2. Musicology 509 (Teaching Introductory Courses in Music; 2 credit hours)
  3. Additional topics courses or seminars (totaling 6 to 9 hours for students who do not elect the coursework alternative; totaling 3 to 6 hours for those who do) to be chosen from among the department’s offerings at the 500 and 600 levels that will provide a focus adequate to the particular research interests of the student. In order to guarantee a sufficient mastery of the skills developed in each course, students will be required to attain an average grade of “B” or higher in courses chosen to count toward the Certificate in Musicology.
  4. A final oral examination designed by the student in consultation with the departmental committee. The final oral examination will consist of a presentation of a 50-minute class on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the faculty committee that oversees the Certificate Program in Musicology. The aim is to put the student into the sort of situation that a future teaching job might involve on a daily basis. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the committee on any and all of the materials studied during the course of the program. An independent study course in Musicology may be elected with an advisor in preparation for this oral examination.

Each student in the program will elect a program advisor from among the graduate faculty of the Musicology Department. The program will consist of courses totaling no more than 19 hours of graduate credit, plus the oral examination. Courses other than the required ones listed above will be chosen subject to the approval of the student’s concentration advisor.

Admissions
In keeping with Rackham guidelines for Certificate Programs, students apply separately to the Certificate Program.

Students enrolled in the SMTD and in good standing in any Doctoral program (DMA or Ph.D) besides Musicology may be considered for admission to the Certificate Program in Musicology. To be admitted, students must demonstrate particular aptitude for music historical, ethnomusicological, and cultural study through samples of their written work, including research papers and critical essays. These are to be presented to, and discussed in an interview with the faculty committee that oversees the Certificate Program in Musicology.

The SMTD and its faculty in Music Theory offer a Certificate Program in Music Theory Pedagogy to students enrolled in the Doctoral (DMA, Ph.D, and Ed.D) programs. This program consists of five courses plus an examination. It is designed to enrich the student’s knowledge of the foundations of music theoretical study and prepare the student for teaching music theory and musicianship at the undergraduate level.

A significant professional benefit of the program is its certification of the student to teach music theory and musicianship courses at the undergraduate level, in addition to the area of his or her Doctoral degree. As most students in all of the Doctoral programs of the SMTD will be spending at least part of their careers in academic positions, and given the increasing need for broadly based teachers with interdisciplinary skills in institutions of higher learning, the faculty believe a Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy, in combination with a Doctoral degree, will broaden the range of possible career choices.

Additional professional benefits may be accounted for in two ways. First, an expanded knowledge of musical structure will enrich the student’s repertoire of tools and techniques for dealing with the challenges of his or her primary endeavors, be they performance, composition, or scholarly research. Second, a study of techniques for teaching music theory will enhance the student’s approaches to teaching in general.

The Program
The Certificate Program is overseen by a committee drawn from the graduate faculty of the Theory Department. The program consists of five courses totaling 15 hours of graduate credit, plus an oral examination. Four courses are required, while the fifth is elected in consultation with the student’s Certificate Program advisor.

The required courses include:

  • THEORY 531 (Schenkerian Theory and Analysis I)
  • THEORY 534 (20th Century Music: Theory and Analysis)
  • THEORY 542 (18th CEntury Counterpoint I)
  • THEORY 590 (Teaching Tonal Theory)

These courses are chosen to augment and refine students’ understanding of the various theoretical systems and methods that are the backbone of the entire undergraduate and graduate theory curriculum. These include the theories of harmony, counterpoint, form, and more, not only in music of the common practice period but of the past century as well. Though Heinrich Schenker’s method is the only one here identified by name, all of these are recognized systems of thought in the field. Schenker’s approach synthesizes hands-on skills like figured bass realization with more intellectual tasks, and it is thus a suitable culmination to studies in music theory.

The fifth course may be elected from:

  • THEORY 532 (Schenkerian Theory and Analysis II)
  • THEORY 537 (Proseminar in the Analysis of Music)
  • THEORY 540 (Species Counterpoint I)
  • THEORY 543 (18th Century Counterpoint II)
  • THEORY 552 (Tonal Composition)

or other suitable courses, such as:

  • THEORY 560 (Special Studies) Recent offerings have included Analysis for Performance, Advanced Schenkerian Analysis, Gender and Popular Music, Tonal Harmony as an Expressive Resource, ‘Difficult’ Music, and Writing about Music.

Any of these courses may supplement the four required courses, depending on the particular special interests of the student.

While the four required courses need not be taken in any order, it is highly recommended that THEORY 542 be taken concurrently with, or before THEORY 531. The fifth course may be elected at any time in the program, with the exceptions of THEORY 543 (which must follow THEORY 542) and THEORY 532 (which must follow THEORY 531).

In order to guarantee a sufficient mastery of the skills developed in each course, students will be required to attain a grade of “A-” or higher. Additionally, students will be subject to evaluation of all necessary skills during the final oral examination.

The final oral examination will consist of a presentation of a class on a topic chosen by a Faculty Committee of the Music Theory Department, plus a subsequent question and answer session with the committee on any and all of the skills studied during the course of the program. This oral examination serves as the final requirement for the Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy; students who pass this exam and satisfy published requirements for coursework and grades will earn the Certificate.

Requirements
Teach a lesson (50 minutes); Ten days prior to the exam, the examinee will receive the topic for the lesson and a general description of the course for which the teaching should be imagined. The teaching will typically be in one of the following areas:

  • a topic in harmony at the first or second year level
  • a topic in analysis
  • model composition

The examinee will be asked to present (a) a written course outline showing the position of the lesson within the semester curriculum and (b) a 50 minute lesson on the topic. The lesson must include the following elements:

  • a lesson plan
  • a handout
  • an assignment for the previous class, due the current one
  • an assignment to be given during the current class, due at a later class meeting
  • satisfactory posing and answering of questions

Evaluation of student work (20 – 30 minutes): The examinee will be asked to evaluate a student exercise in writing (model composition or part-writing) or tonal analysis, noting technical and stylistic flaws, making suggestions for improvement, and answering questions on pedagogical issues that arise from the student exercise.

The examination will be evaluated by a committee of members of the Music Theory faculty, and will be graded on a pass-fail basis. The judgment will be collective.

Admission Procedure
In keeping with Rackham Guidelines for Certificate Programs, students apply separately to the Certificate Program.

In order to qualify for consideration for admission to the program, students must:

  • be enrolled in one of the SMTD’s Doctoral programs (DMA, Ph.D, Ed.D)
  • have satisfied all of the elements of the Transfer Proficiency Examination, including the 20th century component. This may be accomplished by taking the exams, or successfully completing the appropriate courses

In order to be accepted into the program, students must demonstrate particular aptitude for music theoretical study. This may be demonstrated by:

  • samples of theoretical work, including both analytical or theoretical papers and samples of music writing, such as part-writing or counterpoint exercises
  • interview by a Faculty Committee from the Department of Music Theory

Application forms may be obtained from the Chair of Music Theory and are due January 2 of each year.