University Bluegrass & Music Business Programs

Appalachian State University

Center for Appalachian Studies
Boone, NC
Dr. Katherine Ledford
(828) 262-2000
(828) 262-4089
*four-year degree (major & minor), Masters in Appalachian Music: Roots & Influences

Belmont University

Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business
Nashville, TN
Tammy Rogers King, Bluegrass Ensemble Director
(615) 460-6785
*degrees in audio engineering tech, entertainment industry studies, music business, songwriting

Berea College

Music Program
Berea, KY
Al White, Director of Bluegrass Music

Berklee College of Music

American Roots Music Program
Boston, MA
Matt Glaser
(617) 747-2507
*performance degrees with focus on bluegrass instruments; songwriting; production & engineering

Bethel University

Renaissance Bluegrass Band
McKenzie, TN
Stephen Mougin
*Ensemble scholarships, degree programs ranging from Music Business to Medicine.

Colorado College Keith Reed, director of Bluegrass program. Phone: (719) 227-8130 Email:

Colorado Contemporary Music College

Colorado Contemporary Music College (CCMC) was created by professional musicians for people who aspire to be professional musicians.
Colorado Contemporary Music College offers the Rocky Mountain region's only streamlined,
one-year, academic-intensive program where students learn to teach and perform jazz, rock, blues, folk, country, and bluegrass.  Graduates of this rigorous, three-semester program are better prepared to become successful music teachers and thriving performers.
Colorado Contemporary Music College
215 W. Magnolia,
Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Tel: 970-308-7247
Fax: 970-484-2117
Tom Noonan, M.A.
Dan Mitchell, Bluegrass Instruction on Fiddle, mandolin, guitar and acoustic bass

Denison University

Granville, OH
Andy Carlson

East Tennessee State University

Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies
Johnson City, TN
Daniel Boner
(423) 439-8582
(423) 439-7072
*four-year degree in Bluegrass Music, Old-Time and Country Music Studies

Glenville State College

Bluegrass, Department of Fine Arts
Glenville, WV
Buddy Griffin, Bluegrass Director
(304) 462-7361
*four-year B.A. in Music with Bluegrass Concentration and a Certification Program

Hazard Community Technical College

Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music
Hyden, KY
Dean Osborne,
(606) 487-3630,
*two-year associate degree in Bluegrass & Traditional Music

Middle Tennessee State University

Department of Recording Industry
Murfreesboro, TN
Beverly Keel
(615) 898-2578
*degrees in recording and music business

Morehead State University

Kentucky Center for Traditional Music
Morehead, KY
Raymond McLain
(606) 783-9001
*4 year baccalaureate degree in Traditional Music Studies

North Greenville University in South Carolina: Baptist Student Union
Wes Brashier, BSU Assoc. Director,
Codie Sloan,

Pellissippi State
Bluegrass Ensemble
This ensemble is an auditioned group of students interested in learning about and performing
bluegrass music. The group is made up of instrumentalists and vocalists. The ensemble was formed to explore and embrace the music of our regional heritage. Peggy Hinkle
Music Program Co-Coordinator
(865) 539-7301 Larry Vincent
Music Program Co-Coordinator
(865) 539-7156

Plattsburgh, State University of New York,

New Scholarship for SUNY Plattsburgh students
There are four Kelley & Shannon Gibson Bluegrass Scholarships available for $1250 for each of two years of study.
Join the Bluegrass Club at SUNY Plattsburgh!
For more information contact  Faith Gaddis at or Nicholas Schumacher
If you would like to learn more about the Bluegrass for the Next Generation Project at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Dr. Stephen Light
Phone: (518) 564-3325

Sarah Lawrence College
William Anderson,
2016-17 classes, Bluegrass Performance Ensemble, Guitar and Guitar Ensemble

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, WA
Doug Reid
(206) 546-4759
*"History of Bluegrass" and "Bluegrass Band" ensembles offered

South Plains College

Commercial Music
Levelland, TX
Mickie Vasquez
(806) 716-2493
(806) 544-9703
*two-year associate degree in Commercial Music

University of L​ouisiana at Lafayette

Traditional Music
Lafayette, Louisiana
Mark DeWitt
(337) 482-6016
Len Springer, Bluegrass ensemble director
(337) 280-9763
*BA degrees in Traditional Music or Music Business

UNC Chapel Hill

Dept. of Music, Carolina Bluegrass Band. Russell Johnson, director,

Volunteer State Community College

Bluegrass Music Program
Gallatin, TN
Lynn Peterson
Ben Graves
615-452-8600 ext. 2936
*new jam sessions and classes are being organized through the Continuing Education program, with the goal of offering a two-year degree that can be transferred to ETSU for a four-year degree in bluegrass music

Walters State Community College

Professional Entertainment
Morristown, TN
Laura Ritter
(423) 585-6969
*associate degree in Professional Entertainment: Entertainment Industry or Performance

Warren Wilson College

Appalachian Music Program
Asheville, NC
Kevin D. Kehrberg

West Virginia University
WVU Bluegrass Band,
West Virginia University’s only ensemble devoted exclusively to the performance of Appalachian music. Performing in both traditional and contemporary bluegrass styles, the students in the WVU Bluegrass Band work to develop strong vocal, instrumental, and band leadership skills.
Director, Travis Stimeling,
Assistant Professor, Music History, WVA School of Music, (304) 293.4968