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Courses & Performance Opportunities for non-SMTD Majors

Not all courses are offered every term. Some courses require prerequisite classes, audition, or application. Please see Wolverine Access or the Office of the Registrar's website for detailed course offerings and time schedule.

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Dance Courses

Theatre Courses

Music Courses

Performance Opportunities



  • Intro to Dance (DANCE 100, 1 credit)
    Introductory studio dance courses provide instruction in technical and creative aspects of a variety of dance genres. Each section under this course listing is devoted to a different dance genre. Sections/genres include: contemporary/modern dance; ballet; jazz; hip hop; and special topics such as dance improvisation. In each of these sections, principles of alignment, rhythmic and spatial awareness, dynamic, flexibility, and strength are investigated as foundations for freedom of expression. Very brief reading and writing assignments, as well as performance and video viewings and analysis, inform the work in the studio. Courses culminate in the sharing of technical accomplishments and creative work.


  • Intro to Acting I (THTREMUS 101, 3 credit hours)
    Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Primarily for non-majors. Basic principles of acting for non performance majors. The class introduces the fundamentals of acting to help the student "discover" him/herself through improvisation and other exercises. Grounds the student in basic acting theory.
  • Intro to Acting II (THTREMUS 102, 3 credit hours)
    Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Primarily for non-majors. Continuation of 101, with attention to scene study. Instructs how to analyze and approach the written text and embody character.
  • Introduction to Drama (THTREMUS 211, 3 credits)
    Introduces the student to as many basic elements of the theatre, practical and theoretical, as time allows. It also presents a number of key plays from various periods, and examines them from the point of view of their dramatic qualities, theatrical strengths, social and political contexts, their performance history, and their relevance today.
  • Studio: Modern Rituals/Traditional Practices (THTREMUS 233, 3 credits)
    Trains students in performance techniques grounded in various cultural traditions: choral singing, masking, poetry, vocal call and responses, dance, martial arts, and mimicry. Embodied studio practice emphasizes aesthetics of diverse cultural communities. Guest artists and instructors interact with students in the instructional space. Students learn how practice emerges from culturally specific contexts, how to embody culturally specific aesthetics and practices, and they train in the vocal, physical and theatrical expression skills.
  • Theatre Production Practicum (THTREMUS 251, 1 credit hour)
    Laboratory in theatre production. Students work in stagecraft, scenic painting, lighting, props, costuming for main stage productions.
  • History of Theatre II (THTREMUS 322, 3 credits)
    The history of theatre from Western Europe and the U.S. from the end of the 17th century to present, focusing on the production of theatre in its historical, social and ideological contexts. Class studies representative plays.
  • American Theatre and Drama (THTREMUS 323, 3 credits)
    The study of the American heritage as theatre artists and what has influenced us; principal American dramatists and principal events and issues in the American theatre, mainly in the 20th century.
  • Global Community Practicum (THTREMUS 324, 3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Theatre 222. Engages students in research and development of performance projects at a local, community organization or at an international site. The class participates in fieldwork experiences and each individual submits a final project report or thesis at the end of their fieldwork. The Capstone course is collaborative and interdisciplinary and multiple faculty members can supervise and approve student work.
  • Intercultural Drama (THTREMUS 326, 3 credits)
    Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 222. Examines how international dramatic literature in translation comments on global lives and lifestyles. Class reads, analyzes and discusses intercultural plays in cultural context. Written assignments and in-class presentations investigate the political, social, ad cultural impact meaning of intercultural dramatic works. Students learn to analyze themes, structures, characters, and language of intercultural/international plays through the lens of cultural studies.
  • Playwriting II (THTREMUS 327, 3 credits)
    Permission of instructor. Prerequisites: Theatre 227. Students write the first act of a full-length play. They read from their plays in class and the work is discussed. They also read plays, see performances, keep a journal. At the end of the semester, students give a staged reading of their work for an informal audience.
  • Performing Arts Management (THTREMUS 385, 2 credits)
    Permission of instructor. Prerequisite: Theatre 250. An overall look at the administrative aspects of the performing arts, using a theatre company as the standard model, but with a look at orchestras, dance, and opera. Exploration of theatre development, profit vs. nonprofit companies, role of board of directors, unions, budgeting, marketing, public relations, fundraising.
  • Topics in Drama (THTREMUS 399, 1 - 4 credit hours)
    Covers specialized topics in theatre and drama, which vary from semester to semester. The purpose is to explore in depth aspects of theatre that cannot be covered in existing courses, such as a play or special subject. See the current term schedule for current offerings.
  • Fundraising in the Arts (THTREMUS 426, 2 credits)
    A review and analysis of philanthropy and development in America's cultural life, and the role of both the public and private sectors.
  • Playwriting Toward Production (THTREMUS 429, 3 credits)
    Permission of instructor. Students must have written a script. Student must have written an original play. Class is a collaboration between student designers, actors, producers and playwrights; analyzes the evolution of a script from its writing to its production. Students rewrite and workshop their plays and present them before an audience at the end of the semester.
  • Producing in the American Theatre (THTREMUS 435, 3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Theatre 385, 386, and Junior or Senior standing. A history of American theatre, emphasizing the development of producing techniques coupled with significant productions in the American theatre of the 20th century.
  • Special Topics in Global/Ethnic Theatre (THTREMUS 440, 3 credits)
    Permission of instructor. This is an in-depth research and performance course that examines African American theatre. The class investigates history, biography, international or contemporary aspects of African descendent theatre.


  • Intro to Elementary Composition (COMP 221, 3 credits)
    For students with limited musical background who wish to gain understanding of the creative process and contemporary art music by composing. The course investigates traditional compositional crafts, as well as more current or experimental tendencies, including pop, ethnic, and jazz idioms. Student creative projects receive individual attention. No prerequisites, but the ability to read music is strongly recommended.
  • Composition (COMP 222, 3 credits)
    Prerequisite: COMP 221. A continuation of 221, this course serves as an introduction to instrumental music and a study of musical structure through individual creative effort.
  • Beginning Guitar (GUITAR 111, 2 credits)
    This course is for beginners with no previous experience playing guitar. If you do not own a guitar one will be provided for you to use during the semester. The purpose of GUITAR 111 is to help students develop their guitar skills, with a primary focus on using the guitar as an accompaniment instrument. Right Hand skills covered will include finger picking, flat picking, and a variety of strumming patterns. Left Hand skills will include open chords, barre chords, melody chords and basic scale patterns. Introduction to reading of standard music notation, guitar tablature, and chord symbols will be covered. Other topics that will be presented include improvisation, playing by ear, and using the capo for transposition.
  • Special Topics: The Aesthetics of Rock (MUSED 210, 3 credits)
    Aesthetics has traditionally comprised the study of beauty. However, contemporary artists work from diverse perspectives in which defining, sharing and understanding the self is more relevant. Similarly, rock has traditionally signified a specific music genre, yet is interpreted widely among listeners who differ in age, race, gender, and experience. We will investigate how popular music performers and listeners situate themselves in relation to their music and each other, and examine our own listening habits and preferences.
  • Intro to the Art of Music (MUSICOL 121, 4 credits)
    For non-SMTD majors. Introduces Western music for the listener in overview from the Baroque era to the present.
  • Intro to World Music (MUSICOL 122, 3 credits)
    Introduces the musical cultures of a few selected areas of the world (such as the Caribbeans, West Africa, India, China, and Japan
  • Intro to Popular Music (MUSICOL 123, 4 credits)
    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.
  • Opera! (MUSICOL 130, 3 credits)
    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 ready music. Students are taught to look at a vocal score of opera without fear, but no training in music theory is presumed.
  • Music and Islam (MUSICOL 343, 3 credits)
    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 effects of religious constraints, cultural policy and social history on musical life.
  • Engaging Performance (MUSPERF 200 sections 001 - 004, 3 credits)
    This course connects undergraduate students directly to the touring, world-class artists who perform music, theatre and dance on the U-M campus. Attend live performances, talk with the artists on stage and the arts administrators who help get them here, and discover how the performing arts are an integral part of our lives and the world at large. Class will include lectures (including those by visiting artists), weekly discussion sections, attendance to performances, creative classroom activities, readings, writing short reaction papers of the performances, and doing group presentations.
  • Introduction to Computer Music (PAT 201, 3 credits)
    This course is an introduction to electronic musical instruments, MIDI, and digital audio systems. Students create several original compositions for presentation and discussion. The aesthetics of electroacoustic composition are discussed through study of selected repertoire.
  • Video Game Music (PAT 205, 2 credits)
    This course surveys game music from the first synthesized "bleeps" and "bloops" to modern orchestral compositions. Techniques are learned to aurally analyze game music. Students will create compositions using computer software as a final project. Course is designed for non-music majors; the ability to read standard music notation is not needed.
  • Intro to Theory of Music (THEORY 137, 3 credits)
    For non-SMTD majors. Prerequisite: Music reading ability.
  • Intro to Music Analysis (THEORY 238, 3 credits)
    For non-SMTD majors. Prerequisite: Theory 137. Emphasizes conceptual aspects of theory with some rigorous practice of aural and writing skills.

Performance Opportunities

Ensembles (may require audition)

Private Lessons: Instrumental and Voice

  • Apply for private instruction
    Studio space is limited. If placed, students take 2.0 credit hour private lessons, 30 minutes weekly. $250 course fee applies.

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