Minor in Music: Traditional


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

Complete list of Music classes