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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Music, Theatre and Dance

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Programs Offered

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance offers liberal arts programs in the performing arts, programs designed to prepare students for professional careers in the performing arts, and advanced programs designed to enhance and extend the professional knowledge of performing arts professionals.

In the liberal arts programs, a student can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in:

  • music
  • theatre
  • dance

Undergraduate professional preparation programs include:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre with a major in acting
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre with a major in musical theatre
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre with a major in theatre design and technology
  • Bachelor of Music in music education
  • Bachelor of Music in music education and performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Technology
  • Bachelor of Music in piano pedagogy
  • Bachelor of Music in piano performance, specialization in pedagogy
  • Bachelor of Music with a major in voice, piano, or instrumental performance

Graduate programs for music professionals include a Doctor of Philosophy in music education and a Master of Music in performance, pedagogy, conducting, music education, world percussion performance

Additional programs include graduate certificates in performance, conducting or music education, performer’s certificates in undergraduate and graduate piano; liberal arts minors in music, theatre or dance; and minors in jazz studies and world music.

The school offers student performance opportunities in dramatic and musical theatre productions, dance performances, music ensembles and recitals. Most performance opportunities are open to all qualified students by audition.

All programs offered by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance.

Outreach, Partnerships and Opportunities

Affiliated professional organizations

  • Take Root (dance company in residence)
  • Eisenhower Dance (dance company in residence)
  • Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company
  • Meadow Brook Theatre Ensemble
  • Oakland Symphony Orchestra

Partners in the performing arts

  • Chamber Music Society of Detroit
  • Detroit Concert Choir
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Synergy on Stage
  • Oakland Youth Orchestras (OYO)
  • Oakland University Cooperative Orchestral Library (OUCOL)

Professional internship opportunities

  • Oakland Symphony Orchestra
  • Eisenhower Dance apprenticeships
  • Take Root apprenticeships
  • Meadow Brook Theatre Ensemble apprenticeships
  • Student Teaching in regional K-12 schools

Study abroad opportunities

  • Classical Theatre Study in Greece
  • Traditional Music and Dance in Ghana and St. Lucia
  • Dance Study in Berlin, Germany

OU Community Music

The Department of Music offers programs to the community through OU Community Music (302 Varner Hall, 248-370-2034, communitymusic@oakland.edu). The Prep Division OU Community Music offers private studio lessons in voice, piano, guitar, and all orchestral instruments for elementary and secondary school students and adults as well as classes in music theory, and early childhood music classes, and acting coaching in collaboration with the OU Department of Theatre. OU Community Music also provides lessons for undergraduate students who wish to study an instrument or voice but do not have enough prior experience to study for college credit.

School Honors and Awards

The school offers honors and awards for students, alumni, and community supporters. School honors are awarded for a combination of academic achievement (minimum 3.30 GPA), artistry in the major area of study and contribution to the operations of the department or school. Alumni Arts Achievement Awards are presented in dance, music and theatre. The school also awards a Distinguished Community Service Award and an Outstanding Student Service Award.

The Department of Music confers a Distinguished Musicianship Award as the department’s highest honor in music and Outstanding Student Awards to students who distinguish themselves in performance, music education, chamber music and jazz. The Joyce Weintraub Adelson Memorial Award for Piano Ensemble honors the memory of an Oakland University piano instructor and the Jennifer Scott Memorial Award honors the memory of an Oakland University piano student.

The Department of Theatre confers Outstanding Student Awards in acting, musical theatre, theatre design and technology. The Gittlin Theatre and Gittlin Achievement Awards are scholarships offered to theatre students of promise and outstanding ability.

The Department of Dance confers a variety of awards, including Outstanding Student Awards in choreography and dance performance. Maggie Allesee Summer Study Awards provide students opportunity to study at summer dance workshops and festivals.


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