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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies Minor

Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies Minor Program Information

Department of Appalachian Studies

Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies
PO Box 70435
Phone: (423) 439-7072
Web Address:

Department Chair: Ron Roach, Ph.D.
222 Nicks Hall
PO Box 70556
(423) 439-7494

Director: Dan Boner
304D Memorial Hall (Brooks Gym)
(423) 439-8582

The Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies minor is a 21 credit program consisting of a 12 credit core and 9 credits of guided electives chosen in consultation with the Bluegrass advisor. The program is designed for those who wish to work toward a full-time or part-time career in music and also for those with other career ambitions but who seek to enrich their lives or academic studies through music. A student wishing to pursue a minor in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies needs to declare his or her intention at the earliest opportunity in order to facilitate planning.

Admission to the Minor

Any student seeking admission to the minor must be advised by a Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music program advisor, who will assist the student in planning a course of study. Minors must follow procedures for band classes, individual instruction, and progression standards, as outlined below.

Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies Minor: 21 credits

At least 9 credits must be at the 3000-level or above.

Core Requirements: 12 credits

Traditional Didactic Courses: 3 credits

Choose 1 course from this list:

Instrumental/Vocal Skills: 3 credits

May repeat except BLUE 2310 or BLUE 3320

Band Classes: 3 credits

Choose 3 credits from the following: (may repeat)

Advisor Approved Elective: 9 credits

Choose 9 credits of any APST or BLUE classes EXCEPT bands or lessons and BLUE 3410, BLUE 3430, BLUE 3440, BLUE 3460, BLUE 3480, BLUE 3490, BLUE 3610, BLUE 3510, BLUE 3520, BLUE 3530, BLUE 3540.