Department of Appalachian Studies
Bluegrass, Old-time, and Country Music
PO Box 70435
Phone: (423) 439-7072
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/
Department Chair: Ron Roach, Ph.D.
Program Director: Dan Boner
The Bachelor of Arts in Bluegrass, Old-time, and Country Music Studies is designed to produce uniquely-prepared individuals who can compete and succeed in a wide array of careers. Possible career opportunities include: performing artist, studio musician, audio engineer, recording artist, songwriter, writer for trade publications, manager or promoter, road manager, museum or heritage center staff or administrator, educator, and private music instructor.
Any student seeking a degree in bluegrass, old-time, and country music studies must meet general university admission requirements. Once admitted to the university, the student must audition for admission to the degree program, either in live performance or by video, for students who live more than 150 miles from campus. The five-minute audition should demonstrate the student’s technique, musicianship, and artistry. Auditions for admission to the major are held on selected dates prior to each semester (see the program’s web page, https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/ for dates) and are judged by bluegrass, old-time, and country music studies faculty. To schedule an audition, you may contact Daniel Boner at (423) 439-7072.
If a student meets the audition requirements and is admitted to the major, an academic advisor will assist the student in selecting courses and planning a program of study.
Students with 0-59 earned credits:
Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website www.etsu.edu/cas/case/ and call (423) 439-5602. Continue to meet also with your BLUE faculty advisor and/or speak with Teresa Owens, Executive Aide for Bluegrass, Old-time, and Country Music Studies, to have permits issued for your individual instruction and band courses.
Students with 60 or more earned credits:
Meet with your BLUE faculty advisor for advising.
B.A. Degree Core and Performance Tracks
The student will complete a core of 36 credits and choose between two performance tracks: vocal or instrumental. Students pursuing the vocal track must pass a guitar proficiency test or take two credits of class guitar or individual instruction on guitar.
Band class and individual instruction are offered at three levels. Any student enrolled in band class and/or individual instruction must meet program progression standards in order to advance to the next higher level. Any student majoring in Bluegrass, Old-time, and Country Music Studies must have successfully completed three credits of study at Level III (4xxx) in band classes and three credits of study at Level III (4xxx) in individual instruction before the degree may be awarded. Band class progression will be evaluated during any of the three required performances each semester. Individual instruction progression will be evaluated via jury examinations held at the end of every semester. Progression standards are published in course syllabi.
All students enrolled in Bluegrass, Old-time, Celtic, and Country Band classes are required to perform at a minimum of three public performances during the semester. Performance dates will be provided at the beginning of each semester and listed online (see the program’s web page, http://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass, for dates). Any student who inexcusably misses any scheduled performance will receive a failing grade for the semester.
Attendance at Lectures, Workshops, Master Classes, and Performances
Students are encouraged to attend program-hosted concerts, workshops, master artist lectures, and performances. See our website for a schedule of events: https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass/Bands/Events.html
All transfer students who wish to declare Bluegrass, Old-time, and Country Music Studies as a major must audition for acceptance. To schedule a major audition, you may email Dr. Nate Olson, Assistant Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association of Applied Science Degree/Bluegrass Music Program from Volunteer State Community College articulates with ETSU’s B.A. in Bluegrass, Old-time, and Country Music Studies. For more information please visit: www.volstate.edu/Bluegrass/Curriculum.php
For general information about the program or courses, contact Mr. Daniel Boner, Director at email@example.com or (423) 439-7494.