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. Founded in 1982 by Jack Tottle, this program preserves the musical traditions rooted in Appalachian culture and encourages creativity and development of prevailing styles. Students from around the globe come to ETSU to study the music of the mountains in the rich cultural hearth of Northeast Tennessee.
Students who are seriously pursuing full-time careers in music declare the Bachelor of Arts degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies – the only degree of its kind in the world. Student musicians interested in working toward degrees in professions other than music find our minor in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies to be most suitable. Non-degree students also are welcome to register for any courses that might be of personal interest.
Multi-award winning alumni of this highly regarded institution include bluegrass artists Tim Stafford (Blue Highway), Barry Bales (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Adam Steffey (The Boxcars), Becky Buller, Brent Burke and Hunter Berry (Rhonda Vincent & The Rage), and Country Music superstar, Kenny Chesney.
Find out more at www.etsu.edu/das/bluegrass