School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan
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Specialist of Music in Performance, Winds & 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 and specialized professional training focusing on performance and ensemble participation. Applicants must possess a master’s degree in music or its equivalent as well as substantial solo and ensemble repertoire.

Curriculum

The Specialist in Music: Wind & Percussion Performance requires a minimum of 30 credits. Coursework to include:

Private lessons
Ensemble participation
Music Education
Musicology
Music Theory
Conducting

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.

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.

Questions?