School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan
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Master of Music in Performance, Percussion

The application deadline for most 2023-24 programs was December 1. See the Graduate Admissions page for specific degree application deadlines.

Designed for students seeking intensive study with a major artist-teacher and performance experience to develop into a highly qualified professional musician. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree in music or its equivalent as well as substantial solo and ensemble repertoire. Students may elect to pursue a double-major in Performance &; Chamber Music, which may be completed in two years.

Curriculum

The Master of Music in Performance: Wind & Percussion Instruments requires a minimum of 31 credits. Coursework to include:
Private lessons
Ensemble participation
Non-Performance SMTD electives
Small Brass, Percussion, or Woodwind Ensemble

Final Project:

Final recital

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

Bands
Bands & Wind Ensembles

With several large ensembles to choose from, wind and percussion students can explore a range of opportunities for immersive performance experiences.

Orchestras
Orchestras

SMTD orchestras offer numerous concerts each season, performing notable works in the symphonic repertoire as well as abundant newly commissioned works.

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.

Early Music Ensembles
Early Music Ensembles

Students interested in historically oriented performance have opportunities to explore music from across the centuries, performed on authentic period instruments and high-quality replicas.

Solo & Studio Recitals
Solo & Studio 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.

Jazz Ensembles
Jazz Ensembles

With large and small jazz ensembles exploring a range of styles, SMTD offers abundant opportunities for students – music majors and non-majors alike – to perform.

Bands
Bands
Orchestras
Orchestras
Chamber Music
Chamber Music
Early Music Ensembles
Early Music Ensembles
Solo & Studio Recitals
Solo & Studio Recitals
Jazz Ensembles
Jazz Ensembles
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Questions?

Application for 2023-2024 Due December 1

Cost, Scholarships & Financial Aid

We are committed to admitting the most talented and promising performing artists and scholars, regardless of financial means.