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  1. The Evolution of SMTD: An Insider’s Account of the Transition from a Classic Music School to a Comprehensive School of Performing Arts

    Professor Emeritus of Music and Dean Emeritus Paul Boylan served as dean of the School of Music (later renamed the School of Music, Theatre & Dance) from 1979 to 2000. He also served as university vice provost for the arts during that time. Boylan joined the faculty in 1965 and was active as a teacher…

  2. Leah Frederick to join Department of Music Theory in Fall 2022

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance announces that Professor Leah Frederick will join the faculty as assistant professor of music theory in fall 2022. Frederick is a music theorist specializing in mathematical techniques for the study of musical structure.  Frederick’s recent research examines the relationship between diatonic and chromatic conceptions of…

  3. Nancy Murphy will join the Department of Music Theory in Fall 2022

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance announces that Professor Nancy Murphy will join the faculty as assistant professor in the department of music theory in fall 2022. She is a music theorist who studies singer-songwriter music, metric flexibility, self-expression, vocal production, music-text relations, and transcription. “I am thrilled to be joining…

  4. Amplifying History: Upcoming Concerts Feature Music from Auschwitz

    For more than forty years, Patricia Hall, professor of music theory at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), has explored archives all over the world, looking for significant musical manuscripts that have been forgotten, lost, or ignored. In 2016, she went on a somber quest, visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to search its…

  5. Michigan Medicine and their approach to the treatment and prevention of performers’ ailments

    Professional musicians are athletes. That’s not just a metaphor — at least not for the speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, laryngologists, vocal coaches, and other providers who care for them at Michigan Medicine.