NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: University of Michigan - Main Campus

Program: School of Music, Theatre & Dance

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance offers the following undergraduate degree programs:

Bachelor of Music

  • Composition
  • Music and Technology
  • Music Education (Choral and Instrumental)
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Performance with Teacher Certification

Bachelor Of Fine Arts

  • Dance
  • Interarts Performance (with Art & Design)
  • Jazz & Contemporary Studies
  • Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation
  • Jazz Studies
  • Musical Theatre
  • Performing Arts Technology
  • Theatre Design and Production
  • Theatre Performance (Acting and Directing)

Bachelor of Science

  • Sound Engineering

Each program offered is completed in consultation with an advisor.

Admission Criteria

  1. GPA – 2.5 or above. (2.0 minimum in each class)
  2. Session of Entry – Fall Semester (Limited openings for January admission).
  3. Transfer – Students may transfer after one or two years.
  4. Application Deadline – December 1 for following Fall semester.
  5. Auditions – Auditions/Interviews are required. In-person strongly recommended. If not possible, taped auditions may be submitted. Please address inquiries to: School of Music, (724)-764-0593. Please contact U of M about Music Theory selections.
  6. Proficiency Exams – Placement in music theory and performance classes is determined by examination.
  7. Lessons – Private and class lessons are encouraged.
  8. School of Music, Theatre & Dance | Prospective Student Admissions | Application Procedure

Basic Requirements

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111 English Composition


ENG 112 English Composition




Five semesters of Music Theory and Sight Singing and Ear Training (one in Jr. year at U of M) are required. Taking these courses at NMC will not guarantee their transfer. U of M will evaluate and determine transfer. The following Music Theory sequences are offered at NMC. Please consult with U of M Music Department about course selection. (724) 764-0593


MUS 101 Theory of Music I


MUS 103 Sight Singing & Ear Training


MUS 106 Class Piano I


MUS 102 Theory of Music II


MUS 104 Sight Singing & Ear Training


MUS 107 Class Piano II


MUS 201 Theory of Music III


MUS 203 Sight Singing and Ear Training III


MUS 206 Class Piano III


MUS 202 Theory of Music IV


MUS 204 Sight Singing and Ear Training IV


MUS 207 Class Piano IV


Other MUS classes


MUS 110 Music Appreciation: Standard Lit


MUS 111 Music Appreciation: Jazz


Additional Music classes to fit your specialization and to build a portfolio. See Jeffrey Cobb, NMC Music Advisor, for details. (231) 995-1338.

Select 7 additional credits from the Humanities Area not MUS


Natural Science

Select 7 credits from the Natural Science Area


For Sound Engineering, choose PHY 121 General Physics 1 as one of your Natural Science classes

Social Science

Select 7 credits from the Social Science Area

See list


MTH 131 Probability and Statistics or MTH 141 Calculus I to meet MTA and Quantitative Reasoning at U of M

OR take Quantitative Reasoning at U of M


For Sound Engineering, choose MTH 141 Calculus I


Additional Credits


Choose 9 additional credits from at least 3 areas in the Distribution List, and electives as needed

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Spring 2023