School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan
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Bachelor of Music in Performing Arts Technology, Music & Technology

This degree program is designed for students with experience and interest in producing music with technology who also wish to continue studying traditional music performance (classical or jazz) on an acoustic instrument or voice at the college level. The Bachelor of Music in Music & Technology prepares students for careers involving the creative use of music technology—performance, production, recording, composition, studio and live sound engineering, and music and sound for film, television or video games. Applicants must participate in a live or recorded audition on their instrument or voice in addition to submitting the PAT Portfolio.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Music in Music & Technology requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is 75% within SMTD and 25% within the liberal arts.

SMTD coursework to include:

  • Computer Music Composition and Arranging
  • Sound Recording and Production
  • Electronic Music History and Theory
  • Performance: Digital Music Ensemble or Electronic Chamber Music
  • Creative Coding
  • SMTD Music Theory and Musicology Core
  • PAT Senior Thesis
  • Private lessons on principal instrument or voice
  • Participation in large ensembles
  • Five upper level PAT Electives chosen from:
    • Advanced Studio Production I and II Immersive Media Image, Sound, and Story Practicum in Music and Sound for Film Interactive Media Design I and II Performance Systems Digital Sound Synthesis Advanced Psychoacoustics Technical Ear Training and Critical Listening Digital Fabrication for Acoustics Contemporary Practices in Research and Scholarship Business of Music

Courses

SMTD offers a wide variety of courses across all disciplines.

Silent Advisor

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

Faculty


Jason Corey

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Music
Performing Arts Technology

John Granzow

Chair of Performing Arts Technology (Fall 2022) and Associate Professor of Music

Alvin Hill

SMTD Events & Instructional Technology Manager and Adjunct Lecturer

Sile O’Modhrain

Chair of Performing Arts Technology (Winter 2023) and Associate Professor of Music
Performing Arts Technology

Brehm Technology Suite

Serving as the community hub for PAT students, faculty, and collaborators, this concentrated suite of technologically-rich facilities has had a transformative effect on the PAT Department—building community and supporting a broad range of creative activities.

Performance Opportunities

From large ensembles in celebrated concert halls to chamber groups in intimate recital spaces, performance opportunities across all disciplines abound, with nearly 900 student performances each academic year. Whether your focus is on early, classical, or contemporary music, whether your passion is for jazz, electronic, or world music, there is an ensemble—or in many cases, multiple ensembles—to suit your interests, including specific opportunities for percussion, piano, and organ & carillon. For students in theatre & drama, musical theatre, dance, and opera, opportunities abound in both professionally produced and student-run presentations.

Recitals

Recitals

Across all disciplines, students perform and study with their peers in studio classes and perform for the public in solo student recitals and studio recitals.

Collaborative

Collaborative Piano

Collaborative Piano students work with vocalists and instrumentalists throughout SMTD.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music

The thriving chamber music scene at SMTD offers students nearly limitless options to perform, innovate, and collaborate in small, self-driven, and diverse ensembles.

Large Ensembles

Large Ensembles

SMTD ensembles offer numerous concerts each season, performing notable works in the traditional canon as well as abundant newly commissioned works.

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