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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 Theory (THEORY)
Music Theory covers the nuts and bolts of music composition--materials (scales, chords, etc.) and analytical strategies (themes, form, etc.). This is essential knowledge for composers, performers, and listeners and offers a fascinating view inside the musical work.

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

THEORY 135. Intro Music Theory Music Theory Major
THTR MAJORS. (3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 137. Introduction to the Theory of Music
No previous formal training in music theory only basic understanding of musical notation. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 139. Bmus Aural Sk I
129/SURV TEST. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 140. Bmus Aural Sk I I
THEORY 139. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 149. Bmus Wrtg Sk I
(2). May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

THEORY 150. Bmus Wrtg Sk I I
THEORY 149. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 211. Basic Th at Keybd
THRY 140,150. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 212. Basic Th at Keybd
THEORY 211. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 236. Intro Music Analysis Music Theatre Major
THEORY 135. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 238. Introduction Music Analysis
THEORY 137. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 239. Bmus Aural Sk I I I
THEORY 140. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 240. Bmus Aural Sk I V
THEORY 239. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (1). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 249. Bmus Wrtg Sk I I I
THEORY 140 & 150. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 250. Bmus Wrtg Sk I V
THEORY 249. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 334. Soph Thry-Writn Skl
THRY 332&333. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 405. Special Courses
(3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 407. Directed Indiv Stdy
Consent of instructor required. Permission of department chairman. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 408. Senior Project
Consent of instructor required. SR.MAJ THRY. (2). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 430. Advanced Anl Tonal Music
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 433. Analysis of 20th-Century Modernist Music
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 259 or JAZZ 221 may substitute for THEORY 250. (3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 436. Analytical History of Jazz
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 259 of JAZZ 221 may substitute for THEORY 250. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 438. Theory and Analysis of World Musics
THEORY 240 & 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May be repeated for credit.

A course concentrating on one or more types of music that have developed outside of European traditions. Topics change with each offering and the course. Activities typically involve transcription, music analysis, and readings in theories of the music under the study.

THEORY 442. 18th C Counterpoint
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 240; 250 or 259. (3). May not be repeated for credit. F.

THEORY 443. 18th C Counterpoint
THEORY 442. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 454. Orchestration I
THEORY 240 and 250. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 259 or JAZZ 221 may substitute for THEORY 250. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 455. Orchestration II
THEORY 454. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 460. Special Courses
THEORY 240 and 250. Consent of instructor required. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 531. Schenkerian Theory and Analysis I
Consent of instructor required. Music Theory 430 or 461; permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 532. Schenkerian Theory and Analysis II
THEORY 531 with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 534. Twentieth Century Music: Theory and Analysis I
Consent of instructor required. THEORY 433 or 533; or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 537. Proseminar in the Analysis of Music
THEORY 430. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) THEORY 430 or 461; or permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 552. Project in Tonal Composition
Consent of instructor required. Theory majors only; permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 560. Special Studies
THEORY 240 and 250. Consent of instructor required. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2 - 3). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 570. Directed Individual Study
Consent of instructor required. Must secure permission from chairman, Dept of Music Theory, during term prior to that of enrollment. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

THEORY 590. Teaching Tonal Theory
Consent of instructor required. THEORY 430 or 461; with permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 721. 20c Thry Tonal Mus
Music Theory 511 or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 805. Seminar in Theory
Permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

THEORY 807. Research Project
Consent of instructor required. Permission of department chairman. (2 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

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