The concentration in Traditional Music provides a strong foundation in the traditional vernacular music of North America, with a focus on the music and dance traditions of the southern Appalachian region.
Requirements: A minimum of 22 credits from the following passed with a grade of B- or better.
Prerequisite: MUS 120 Beginning Music Theory (2 cr.)
This course is required for students with lmited background in music. It does not count as elective credit. Students with prior experience may elect to talke a placement examination in place of MUS 120.
1. Core (6 cr):
MUS 232 Appalachian Music and Dance (4 cr)
MUS 202 Applied Music Theory for Traditional Musicians (2cr)
2. Applied Music (4 cr): Four semesters (1 credit each) in one area
MUS 122 Applied Bass
MUS 240 Applied Traditional Music: Fiddle
MUS 242 Applied Traditional Music: Mandolin
MUS 261 Applied Traditional Music: Guitar
MUS 264 Applied Traditional Music: Banjo
Prerequisite: Group class in desired instrument or permission of the instructor. For the concentration in Traditional Music, students need permission of the faculty to fulfill the Applied Music requirement in more than one instrument/area. All Applied Music courses carry a small additional fee per credit hour.
3. Ensembles (4 cr): Four semesters (1 credit each)
MUS 157 Beginning String Band
MUS 257 Old-Time String Band
MUS 271 Bluegrass Band
4. History and Literature (4 cr): One 4 credit course
MUS 110 Music Appreciation
MUS 114 Music Cultures of Africa, the Mideast, and Latin America
MUS 115 Music Cultures of Asia
MUS 211 American Vernacular Music
MUS 286 Jazz Appreciation
5. Electives (4 cr): Four credits selected from any MUS offering