School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan
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Taking SMTD Classes

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance offers a variety of ways for all U-M students to get involved. Opportunities include an array of performing ensembles, instrumental and voice lessons, special course offerings, and a diverse collection of minors.

Performing Ensembles

Performing Ensembles: A variety of performing ensembles are available to students from other U-M units. These ensembles are conducted by SMTD faculty and graduate students and perform in venues around campus including Hill Auditorium.

  • ENS 351: Arts Chorale (1 credit)
    Offered Fall and Winter
  • ENS 405/406: Beginning Javanese Gamelan (1 credit)
    No audition required; offered Fall and Winter
  • ENS 407: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble (1 credit)
    No audition required; offered Fall and Winter
  • ENS 346: University/Campus Bands (1 credit)
    Offered Fall and Winter
  • ENS 360: Campus Jazz Ensemble (1 credit)
    Offered Fall and Winter
  • ENS 348: Marching/Basketball/Hockey Bands (1-2 credits)
    Offered Fall (Marching Band) and Winter (Basketball/Hockey Bands)
  • ENS 353/553: Men’s Glee Club (1 credit)
    Offered Fall and Winter
  • ENS 344: Campus Philharmonia/Symphony Orchestras (1 credit)
    Offered Fall & Winter
  • ENS 356/556: Women’s Glee Club (1 credit)
    Offered Fall and Winter

Instrumental and Voice Lessons

Instrumental or Vocal Lessons: Lessons are available to U-M students by application. Studio space is limited. If placed, lessons will be 2 credits per term— equating to a 30 minute lesson per week— and will be assessed a $250 course fee for the term. For more information please see Information for Private Studio Instruction.

  • Piano 110 (2 credits)
    Group lessons. U-M students from units other than SMTD only, instructor consent required, apply using Private Studio Instruction Application; offered Fall and Winter
  • Guitar 111 and Guitar 112 (2 credits)
    Group lessons.. U-M students from units other than SMTD only, instructor consent required, apply using Private Studio Instruction Application; offered Fall and Winter
  • Performance 150 (2 credits)
    Private instrumental or vocal lessons. U-M students from units other than SMTD only, instructor consent required, apply using Private Studio Instruction Application; offered Fall and Winter

Course Offerings

Many departments in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance offer courses to students from across U-M’s campus. Music Theory 137 and Musicology 121 (Western Music), Musicology 122 (World Music), and Musicology 123 (Popular Music) are great places to start your journey.

A few courses may require auditions, applications, prerequisite courses, or instructor permission to enroll. Not all SMTD courses will be listed on the LSA Course Guide, so students should check Wolverine Access for meeting times and availability in a given term.

U-M Cross-Campus Transfers

Cross-campus transfer applicants are students already enrolled in another school or college at U-M who want to add a second degree within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance or switch degree programs entirely. The application deadline is December 1. For more information visit the SMTD Transfer Admissions information page