Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), School of

Main Contact Info

E.V. Moore Building
1100 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085

Phone: 734.764.0583
Fax: 734.763.5097


Music School Website

Founded in 1880, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance is one of the finest performing arts schools in the United States. Encompassing programs in dance, music, musical theatre, and theatre, we are consistently ranked among the top performing arts schools in the country when compared with performance-oriented conservatories or with prestigious academic departments of music.

Credit Policies +

Credit Policies. The courses listed below count as LS&A courses for LS&A degree credit. Other courses in Music Theory, Composition, Music History-Musicology, and some Theatre and Drama are also counted as LS&A courses for LS&A degree credit. All other courses from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance are counted as non-LSA courses.

No music performing ensemble carries LS&A credit.

Music Performance Courses and Ensembles +

Music Performance Courses

Students of advanced ability may elect instrumental or voice instruction through the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance provided teaching assistant or faculty time is available. This instruction, which consists of half-hour weekly lessons for two credits, is not available to beginners.

The online application process for Studio (private) instruction opens at the end of each term, for the upcoming term.  Students should go to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance website (, Current Students > Student Resources > Studio Application and fill out the online application per the directions.

It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the assigned instructor. Students enrolled in performance courses must provide their own instruments (except organ and piano); practice facilities are available at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

When registering, students should note that:

  1. there is a different division number for each instrument (see Schedule of Classes);
  2. LS&A students should use course number 150; and
  3. there is a different section number for each instructor.

Questions concerning registration for performance instruction should be directed to the SMTD Office of Academic Affairs, 2277 Moore, phone 734-764-2516.

Please not that not applicants can be placed - available teacher-hours are limited, and priority is given to performance majors in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. 

Students who cannot earn degree credit from performance courses cannot be accommodated by this program.


A wide variety of music performing ensembles are available to LS&A students. Principal among these, for instrumentalists, are Ensemble (ENS) 344 (University Campus Orchestra) and 346 (Campus Band), as well as ENS 348 (U-M Marching Band), for which an audition is required. Other instrumental ensembles, both orchestras and bands, are designed primarily for School of Music, Theatre & Dance students, but LS&A students with a performance background are encouraged to audition for these groups as well. Vocalists may audition for the University Arts Chorale (designated for the LS&A population), but may also audition for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance vocal ensembles, including the University Choir (ENS 349), the University Chamber Choir (ENS 350), the Choral Union (ENS 354), and  the Men's and Women's Glee Clubs (ENS 353 and 356). In addition, many LSA students have participated in performing ensembles sponsored by the ethnomusicology faculty, such as the Javanese gamelan (ENS 405), for which no prior background is required.

 No music performing ensemble carries LSA credit (except for those cross-listed with LSA: ENS 405, 406, 407).

Creative Expression Distribution Credit +

Creative Expression Distribution Credit.

The following University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance courses have Creative Expression distribution designation (Credits are counted as LS&A courses):

Music Composition (COMP)

221. Introduction to Elementary Composition.

222. Composition.

Theatre and Drama (THTREMUS)

101. Introduction to Acting 1.

102. Introduction to Acting 2.

227 / ENGLISH 227. Introductory Playwriting.

240. Introduction to Design.

242. Directing II.

245. Introduction to Stage Management.

The following University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance courses have Creative Expression distribution designation (Credits are counted as Non-LSA):

Performance - Piano (PIANO)

110. Performance. (non-LSA).

111. Performance. (non-LSA).

Dance (DANCE)

100. Introduction to Dance. (non-LSA).

261. Congolese Dance 1. (non-LSA).

262. Congolese Dance 2. (non-LSA).

Ensemble (ENS): All Courses 100-399. (non-LSA).

Courses (100-399) in Music Performance SUBJECTS, (viz., other than Piano Performance, may also be used for Creative Expression, but enrollment is restricted to students of advanced ability.

Music (Joint Degree Program in Liberal Arts and Music) +

The LSA/Music joint degree programs are intended for students who seek the academic studies associated with the College of LS&A in combination with the professional training in performance-based or academic music studies associated with the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance (MT&D). Students interested in these degree programs typically seek concurrent admission, as freshmen, to both units, and, if successful, their programs of study will lead to bachelor's degrees from both. At least 150 credits are required to earn these joint degrees, and 100 of these must count as LSA credits. It is impractical to list specific requirements because of the variety of courses that may be elected by students, but it is usually possible for students electing 16-18 credits per term to meet all requirements in 11 to 12 terms.

For more information about the LSA/Music joint degree programs, contact the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office at 734/764-0593 or

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