School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan
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Bachelor of Musical Arts in Performance, Winds & Percussion

Designed for students who want the flexibility to pursue more coursework within the liberal arts in addition to an education in music. This is an interdisciplinary degree with a larger commitment to liberal arts.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Musical Arts in Performance: Winds & Percussion requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is approximately 50% within SMTD and 50% within the liberal arts. The liberal arts coursework can be tailored to a student’s specific interests. Students will elect either a performance or multidisciplinary track. SMTD coursework to include:

Performance Track

  • Private lessons
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Ensemble participation: at least two terms of band, orchestra, or choir; two additional terms of any ensemble
  • Piano

Multidisciplinary Track

  • Private lessons
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Ensemble participation: four terms of at least two different ensembles
  • Piano
  • Performing Arts Technology

Courses

SMTD offers a wide variety of courses across all disciplines.

Silent Advisor

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

Faculty


Daniel Gilbert

Chair of Winds and Percussion and Associate Professor of Music
Clarinet

David Jackson

Professor of Music
Brass Chamber Music Coordinator, Trombone

Doug Perkins

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Percussion
Percussion

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.

Questions?