For more than 60 years, the Department of Music Education has been at the forefront in preparing successful music educators at every instructional level. A national leader in music education, the department is home to a highly successful and visible faculty, degree programs of extraordinary quality and diversity, and one of the top PhD programs in the world. The department is dedicated to providing future music educators with the necessary knowledge, skills, and insights for successful teaching and learning, and has a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates seeking positions in music education.
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is uniquely positioned to offer students the opportunity for world class performance experiences while simultaneously supplying high quality and rigorous preparation in acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills, and insights to be successful teachers. The curricula for teacher certification trains and prepares superior musician-teachers who make lasting impressions in the lives of young students. Undergraduates may also choose a course of study that supplements a performance degree with teacher certification. The music education department is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) for Music Education.
Graduate programs focus on both the research and the practice of teaching. Designed for professional music educators, the master’s degree programs interweave research and practice, allowing students to reflect on and apply knowledge and experiences from coursework to their professional teaching. These programs can be completed either during the academic year or during three summer semesters.
The PhD program prepares scholars, researchers, and leaders for positions in music teacher education, music education research, P-12 music teaching and leadership, and music education policy. Alumni of our masters and PhD programs are scholars, researchers, and leaders in music education at many top national universities.
Through a partnership with U-M’s School of Education and School of Social Work, SMTD provides hands-on music education experience through its Michigan Artist Citizens (MAC) program. Modeled on the famous El Sistema program, MAC takes place at Ann Arbor’s Mitchell Elementary School, where 70 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Open to all fifth graders, meeting four days per week for 90 minutes, the after-school program offers both string and wind instrument instruction taught by SMTD students.
Music education students work in several facilities, including the Earl V. Moore Building, which recently received a $29.5 million expansion and renovation. All SMTD students receive unprecedented entrepreneurial and career planning support through the school’s EXCEL department (Excellence in Entrepreneurship Career Empowerment & Leadership), poised to become the nation’s top program for funding student entrepreneurial ventures in the performing arts.
The University of Michigan is renowned for developing excellence. Combining the focus and rigor of a conservatory with the academic breadth and depth of a major public research university, an SMTD education is a transformative experience. Students receive a comprehensive program of instruction, performance, and pedagogy, along with academic opportunities made possible through the University’s vast spectrum of top-rated programs. The School fosters innovation, values diversity and inclusion, and graduates fully-engaged citizens who are eager to make a difference in their field and community.