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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. A Sound Investment In Musicianship

    Music study often starts at the keyboard. For centuries, the majestic and versatile piano and its forebears have served as the basic teaching tool for any school of music–and, more broadly, as the foundation of a viable performing arts education. “Keyboard skills are considered basic musicianship,” says Robert Grijalva, director and assistant professor of piano…

  5. Inspiring the Michigan Experience

    What is a quintessential “Michigan experience”? For many, it’s that initial thrill of seeing the Michigan Marching Band enter the stadium…the stirring pride of hearing a U-M ensemble perform “The Victors”…the buzz of excitement in a packed Hill Auditorium that precedes the start of the annual Collage Concert. The fact is, a large number of…