Bluegrass, Old-Time, Country Music

Department of Appalachian Studies

Welcome to the Home of Bluegrass, Old-Time, Country Music Studies in Higher Education!

The oldest established program of its kind at any four-year institution.

Founded in 1982 by Jack Tottle, Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University is the oldest established program of its kind at any four-year institution. This unique program has thrived on the philosophies of preserving the musical traditions rooted in Appalachian culture while at the same time encouraging creativity and development of prevailing styles. Students from around the globe come to ETSU exclusively to study the music of the mountains in the rich cultural hearth of Northeast Tennessee.

If you are serious about pursuing a full-time career in music we suggest you look closely at our new Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies – the first degree of its kind in the world. If you are interested in working toward a degree in another profession, perhaps our minor in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies will be a more suitable option. Non-degree students also are welcome to register for any courses that might be of personal interest.

Whether you will be learning a complicated instrumental in private lessons, arranging an original song to perform on stage with your band, studying the history of your favorite styles of music, or mastering technologies of the recording studio to achieve your own unique sound, ETSU is a place where you will work closely with qualified teachers who are eager to help guide you toward success. We welcome you to pursue your interests at the home of Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies in higher education.

Dan Boner, Director




Dan Boner

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