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April 14, 2017

UMS in the Classroom: Janai Brugger


Interested in using a UMS performance in your university classroom? For each performance on the season, we provide suggested curricular connections, links to contextual material online, citations for scholarly material, and prompts for classroom discussion. For additional resources and individualized curricular support, please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at or (734) 764-3903.

UMS is also committed to making our performances an affordable part of the academic experience. Our Classroom Ticket Program provides $15 tickets to students and faculty for performances that are a course requirement. Please email to set up a group order.


This performance may connect meaningfully with courses in the following schools and disciplines:

  • Afroamerican and African Studies
  • American Culture
  • Comparative Literature
  • English Lanugage and Literature
  • History
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Musicology
  • Musical Theatre
  • Music Theory
  • Piano
  • Voice



  • What thematic or stylistic connections do you hear between the songs on Brugger’s program? Why do you think she and Katz decided to format the program in this way?
  • How would you describe Brugger’s vocal approach to each song? What skills were required for the different pieces of repertoire? How did she and Katz interact while performing? How would you describe the relationship between piano and voice in this performance?
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