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As you earn the BA in Traditional Music Studies, you will learn about traditional music forms and culture from a historical and contemporary perspective.
You will study Bluegrass, Old Time, Country, Western Swing, Blues, Ballad Singing, Celtic, Gospel and more while receiving hands-on experience through performance opportunities, outreach events with experienced faculty members, and interaction with musical artists and professionals in the industry.

Many of your classes will take place in the beautiful building that houses the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music where you'll have access the Traditional Music Archives and the Traditional Music Recording Studio where you will take courses in the recording arts.  

Auditions and course offerings

To schedule an audition for the major or minor programs, contact the center at 606-783-9001 or email View the traditional music course offerings available.
In addition to the Traditional Music course work and General Education requirements, minor area of study is required for this degree. The BA in Traditional Music may be effectively tailored to suit your interests when paired with a variety of minors available at Morehead State University.   
Graduates of the program are currently working as:
  • Bandleaders
  • Touring musicians (some touring nationally and internationally)
  • Recording artists (some with national labels who have charted on Billboard Charts)
  • Recording engineers
  • Teachers (teaching privately and at the university level)
  • Booking agent
  • Songwriters
  • Musical theater cast member
  • Backstage tour guide at The Grand Ole Opry
  • Earning advanced degrees in fields such as business and music therapy