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Written and performed by SMTD musical theatre students and in collaboration with Michigan Medicine, "The Spark" is an inspirational and moving musical tribute to the strength, resilience and humanness of health care front-line staffers during the pandemic. Listen to the song and read more about this fantastic project.

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SMTD students, faculty, and staff were among those recognized with North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Awards, given to those who exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, including within the context of the pandemic and our reignited sense of urgency to address root causes of social injustice.

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SMTD's Department of Music Education hosts middle and high school ensembles throughout the year (some including music education alumni as directors) to work with current students. Read about a recent middle school visit.

Become the Artist You’re Meant to Be

Choosing where you will study performing arts has never been more important. Learning to master your craft with internationally renowned artists and scholars who are not only at the top of their field, but are also great teachers, is a top priority

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Professor Christi-Anne Castro teaches a wide variety of musicology classes from an ethnomusicology perspective. She talks about her research, performances, and favorite baseball team. Read more

Forge Your Career

SMTD is revolutionizing the way performing arts students prepare for their careers.  We boast one of the nation’s most robust career planning and entrepreneurship programs for the performing arts—EXCEL (Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment & Leadership)—which includes generous funding for student ventures. We also offer a rich variety of Community Engagement programs across multiple disciplines, providing students with hands-on work experience. SMTD is empowering students to embrace a brave new world of career possibilities, and to live a fulfilling and creative life, made possible by an exceptional education.