• Volunteer State to ETSU

    While East Tennessee State University remains the only college to offer a four year degree in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies, another college in Tennessee has recently added a two-year associate’s degree program in bluegrass music. Volunteer State

  • ETSU Pride Band on Bristol’s Big Room

    The East Tennessee State University Pride Band, featuring top students from the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program, performed recently on Bristol's Big Room, a local music show broadcast on BTN-TV in Bristol, TN. The university is located in nearby

  • Bluegrass positions open at ETSU

    A number of faculty positions have been announced in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University. This department, organized under the ETSU School of Appalachian Studies, nows offers a bachelor's degree for studying American acoustic,

  • Tony Trischka at Berklee

    Tony Trischka was last week's special Master Class presenter at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As we reported this Spring, a major anonymous donor has made it possible for Berklee to bring in top professional banjoists each semester

  • Degree program update from ETSU

    For almost thirty years, East Tennessee State University has been known for its efforts to promote and preserve traditional Appalachian music. Under the initial supervision of Jack Tottle, then Raymond McLain, and now current program director Daniel Boner, the original

  • Jens Kruger visits Berklee

    Swiss-born North Carolina banjo wizard Jens Kruger spent two days earlier this week at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, sharing his wisdom with the banjo students there. His visit was sponsored by the Berklee American Roots Music Program,

  • ETSU Pride Band for 2011-12

    The Bluegrass Pride Band, the elite performing group of the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program at the East Tennessee State University, made their debut performance for the 2011-2012 academic year on Friday (8/26) in Kingsport, TN. The school offers

  • Wes Corbett to Berklee

    The Berklee College of Music in Boston has announced that Wes Corbett has been hired as a banjo instructor, joining David Hollender in that capacity at the school. Corbett will serve as an Associate Professor on a part time basis,

  • Bela Fleck to accept honorary degree from Bowdoin

    Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME will award an honorary Doctor of Music degree to banjoist Béla Fleck on Saturday (5/28) during the school's 206th Commencement ceremonies. Béla will be on hand for tomorrow morning's graduation to accept his award, and will

  • ETSU bluegrass program video

    We've posted many times about the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country music program at East Tennessee State University, where serious students of the music can now obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree - in playing banjos and fiddles! The program is