The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
When nine U-M students began their journey to India with Prof. Stephen Rush in July, they thought they were going to learn about Indian classical music. But when they returned one month later, they also brought vast new knowledge about themselves and each other.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
The BFA is the four year, professional degree. Students take 75% of their classes in the major area of study and 25% in liberal arts courses.
The professional coursework will include intensive studies in Dance (ballet, tap, MT styles & more), Theatre (acting, history, tech & more), Music (voice, piano, theory & more) and most importantly Musical Theatre (performance, history & much more).
The liberal arts coursework includes required studies in college-level writing, American or world history, and language. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of U-M offerings.
Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.
All Musical Theatre majors must audition for all mainstage musical productions and accept any role in which they are cast. First-year students may not audition in their first term of enrollment.
Upon completion of Musical Theatre Performance II, all majors must participate in a second-year evaluation, which qualifies them to enroll in specific upper-level performance courses.
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