The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
Recognizing extraordinary excellence in performing arts entrepreneurship, leadership, and social impact, the EXCELprize will insure sustainability of festival in future years.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
This degree is appropriate for those who wish to balance theoretical and applied approaches to the study of music. Elected courses range from developing musical craft, such as counterpoint, improvisation, and music composition, to aesthetics, music cognition, and music technology.
Extensive background in performance or composition, work in basic theory, and background in a keyboard instrument.
Students must complete these requirements in addition to an audition on a principle instrument or voice following the guidelines listed elsewhere.
Applicants should have an extensive background in performance or composition, college coursework in music theory with no grades less than a "B," and a background in a keyboard instrument. Freshman applicants without college credits in music theory should not apply as a Music Theory major. School of Music, Theatre & Dance students should apply after completing the music theory core curriculum for their particular degrees.
All applicants should submit two or three examples of English writing and one of either of the following: an original composition or a musical analysis. Send these written materials to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Office of Admissions at least six (6) weeks before the desired audition date.
The audition day will include individual appointments for a keyboard harmony exam, a theory exam on part-writing and analysis, and an audition on your principal instrument or voice.
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