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School of Music, Theatre & Dance

It is possible for LSA students to elect a major in Music or a minor in African-American Theatre, Performing Arts Management, or Music, and these programs are described on the LSA website. In addition, Theatre courses and Music courses are frequently elected by LSA students not majoring or minoring in either Music or Theatre.

All courses in Music History/Musicology, Composition, and Music Theory are electable for LSA credit; some but not all Theatre and Drama courses are available for LSA credit. Some of these courses can be used in an area distribution plan. LSA students may elect music PERFORMANCE courses for degree credit, but this credit counts toward the maximum twenty non-LSA credit hours that can be applied toward an LSA degree.

Creative Expression Distribution Credit.

The following University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance courses have Creative Expression distribution designation (Credits are counted as LSA 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.
110. Introduction to Acting for the Camera.
181. Acting I
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. (non-LSA).
262. Congolese Dance. (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 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 (music.umich.edu), 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.

Ensemble

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).

Course Listings

Courses in Theatre, Music History/Musicology, Composition, Music Theory, and Performing Arts Technology are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)

Music History / Musicology

Musicology is another term for music history and involves research into music as a cultural phenomenon. At its most basic it is the story of the music across time, but its value is also as a wellspring of ideas that enrich the experience of music. These ideas can become the raw material of further creative work by composers and musicians.

A number of music history and theory courses are available to begin exploring the world of music from a research perspective. MUSICOL 121 and THEORY 137 are places to start. MUSICOL 122 offers an introduction to World Music; MUSICOL 123 focuses on popular music.

Courses in Music History/Musicology are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. All Music History/Musicology courses count as LSA credit.

MUSICOL 121. Introduction to the Art of Music
NON-MUS ONLY. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. No prior musical experience is required. W.

Introduces western music for the listener in overview from the baroque era to the present.

MUSICOL 122. Intro World Music
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Introduces the musical cultures of a few selected areas of the world (such as the Caribbeans, West Africa, India, China, and Japan).

MUSICOL 123. Introduction to Popular Music
(4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. F.

This course offers a broad survey of 20th-century popular music, exploring a diverse set of genres and musical artists from the Tin Pan Alley era to the present. The course places the musical conventions, key performers, and aesthetic shifts that mark the history of popular music in social, cultural, technological, and musical context. Designed to develop listening and analytical skills, the course aims to help students to understand, describe, interpret, and write about popular music.

MUSICOL 130. Opera!
(3). (HU). May be repeated for credit.

This is an introductory-level course in music and theatre, open to everyone; opera fans as well as those for whom opera is a completely new experience. Although our primary focus is the music of opera, the course does not require musical literacy or the ability to read music. Students are taught to look at a vocal score of opera without fear, but not training in music theory is presumed.

MUSICOL 139. Intro to Mus
S M STU ONLY. (2). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 140. History of Music
S M STU ONLY. (2). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 239. History of Music
S M STU ONLY. (2). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 240. History of Music
S M STU ONLY. (2). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 305. Special Course
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 306. Special Course
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 343. Music and Islam
(3). (ID). May not be repeated for credit.

This course focuses on the unity and diversity of musical customs from the Muslim cultures of the Middle East, Central Asia, north India and Indonesia. We will investigate musical systems in terms of instruments, repertoire, modal and rhythmic structures and the effect of religious constraints, cultural policy and social history on musical life.

MUSICOL 345. History of Music
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 346. History of Music
NON-MUS ONLY. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 405. Special Course
Undergraduates only. (1 - 3; 1 - 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 505.

MUSICOL 406. Special Course
(2 - 4; 1 - 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 506.

MUSICOL 407. Special Course
UG ONLY. (1 - 3; 1 - 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 507.

MUSICOL 408. Special Course
UG.ONLY. (1 - 3; 1 - 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 409 / AMCULT 409. American Roots Music from Sacred Harp to Contemporary Blues
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course combines Humanities and Creative Expression as students explore American roots music, build and perform on their own instruments, and do fieldwork in Chicago and the South. Topics and genres include Sacred Harp, Blues, Folk, Cajun, Country, Southern culture, race and ethnicity, gender, cultural geography, urban-rural dynamics, etc.

MUSICOL 411. Hist of Symphony
Undergraduates only. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 413. Topics in the Early History of Opera
Undergraduates only. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 513.

This course, designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, is devoted to the study of opera in its first two centuries, from its beginnings to nearly the end of the 18th century. Opera will be studied critically as music, theater, spectacle, performance medium, and cultural expression. Special aspects of the course include a consideration of operatic eroticism, a look at opera's arrival in the Americas, and a focus on the staging practices of early operas.

MUSICOL 414. 19-20th Cent Opera
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 417. History of Jazz
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 420. Topics in Baroque Music
UG.ONLY. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 520.

This course, designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, is devoted to the study of European (and some colonial Latin American) music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Music is to be studied critically, as music and as culture. Assignments will be primarily listening assignments, supplemented by score study, readings from materials on reserve, and some in-class performances.

MUSICOL 421. Mus Classic Era
Undergraduates only. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 521.

MUSICOL 422. 19th C Music
Undergraduates only. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 522.

MUSICOL 423. 20th C Music
240/EQ. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 523.

MUSICOL 424. The Art Song
Undergraduates only. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 524.

MUSICOL 436. Mus Explor Iss Gend
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 450. Music in U S
UG.ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 550.

MUSICOL 458. Mus in Culture
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 558.

MUSICOL 464 / AAS 464. Music of Latin America and the Caribbean
AAS 202. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 564.

MUSICOL 465. Music of Africa
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 467. Music of the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 567.

MUSICOL 477. Medieval Music
UG ONLY. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 478. Renaissance Music
Undergraduates only. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Graduate students elect MUSICOL 578.

MUSICOL 481. Special Projects
Consent of instructor required. UG W P.I. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

MUSICOL 509. Teaching an Introduction to Music
(3). May not be repeated for credit. MUSICOL 509 does not fulfill the doctoral course requirement in lieu of the Musicology Prelim Examination.

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