Oct 24, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies Major, B.A. (Audio Production for Musicians Concentration)


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Department Information


Department of Appalachian Studies

Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies
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 Roots 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.

Admission Procedures

Any student seeking a degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies must meet general university admission requirements. Once admitted to the university, the student must audition for admission to the degree program by video. The five-minute audition (approximately three songs/tunes) should demonstrate the student’s technique, musicianship, and artistry. Auditions  are judged by Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies faculty. To submit an audition video, contact Dr. Nate Olson at olsonn@etsu.edu or visit the program website at etsu.edu/bluegrass.

When 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.

Advising

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. Students will also be assigned a BLUE faculty advisor, and should meet with advisors to have permits issued for individual instruction and band courses.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Students should Meet with your BLUE faculty advisor for advising.

 

B.A. Degree Requirements

All BLUE Majors will complete a core of 30 credits which will include 10 credits of individual instruction and 8 credits of band. With regards to individual instruction, students will complete 7 credits on a primary instrument (or voice) and 3 credits on a secondary instrument (or voice).

Every student in the major must choose a concentration from four options. Options include Audio Production for Musicians, Bluegrass Music Profession, Old-Time Music, and Scottish and Irish Traditional Music.

Majors are not required to declare a minor, however, if desired a student may add an additional minor to their coursework. 

Band Auditions

Students who wish to be in a band class must attend an in-person placement audition the week before classes begin. Audition dates and details will be listed online (see the program’s web page, https://www.etsu.edu/bluegrass).

BLUE Forum

As part of the band experience, students are required to attend the weekly BLUE Forum, which will feature program meetings, concerts, workshops, master artist lectures, and performances. Events will be announced through the program website and program-wide communication outlets.

Transfer Information

All transfer students who wish to declare Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies as a Major or Minor must submit an audition video (as described above). Transfer evaluations are completed by the College of Arts and Sciences Advisor in consultation with a BLUE advisor. For more information, email Dr. Nate Olson, Assistant Director, at olsonn@etsu.edu.

For general information about the program or courses, contact Mr. Daniel Boner, Director at boner@etsu.edu or (423) 439-7072

Degree Requirements: 120 credits


General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirements 63 credits
     Core Requirements    30 credits
     Concentration    27 credits
     Capstone    6 credits
Free Electives 15-16 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: BORM-BA  


College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.A. degree requirements.

  • Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better. Students may be required to take courses numbered 1010, 1020 and/or 2010 based on a placement test or equivalent.
  • Non-U.S. History (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  

General Education Requirements   

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

Total Requirements for Major: 63 credits


Major Core Requirements: 30 credits


Audio Production for Musicians Concentration: 27 credits


Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits


Choose 6 credits from the following:

BLUE Electives: 6 credits


Choose 6 credits of any other BLUE courses, EXCEPT private lessons or bands.

Free Electives: 15-16 credits


Additional Information


Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

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