New B.A. in Music with a Concentration in Traditional Music
Traditional Music Courses at UL Lafayette
(January 15 – May 9)
Don’t read music? No problem! All of our hands-on courses are taught by ear. If you are not accustomed to learning by ear, prepare to add a new facet to your musicianship.
Not currently a UL student? Contact University College, email@example.com or 337-482-6729 to learn how to enroll.
- Cajun and Zydeco Music - MUS 360
Tues & Thurs, 12:30 – 1:45pm, Kristi Guillory, Instructor
Learn the history of Cajun and Creole music from the 1600s to the present day, and how to appreciate the music even more. This limited-enrollment class includes a term project and occasional visits from prominent musicians. Well known as a musician around Acadiana since she was a precocious teen, instructor Kristi Guillory has gone on to make several recordings and earn a masters degree in folklore at UL Lafayette. Currently, she is out rocking the house with Bonsoir Catin wherever they go.
- Music Appreciation: Music of the World- MUS 364
Mon, Wed, Fri., 12-1pm, Mark DeWitt, Professor
Learn about traditional and popular music from contrasting music cultures across the globe: music of Ireland, Indonesia, and Africa. This lecture class is an introduction to music as a universal human activity and as an expression of personal and group identity. On Fridays most weeks you will learn dance steps and/or experience musical instruments from these parts of the world.
Ethnomusicologist Mark F. DeWitt, holds the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music. Prior to arriving at UL Lafayette, he taught American music and world music at the University of California at Berkeley and Ohio State University. He is author of the book, Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World.
- Music Theory for Oral Traditions - MUS 110
Tues & Thurs, 9:30 – 10:45am, Mark DeWitt, Professor
Study of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic elements of oral traditions of North America through vocal and instrumental performance, analysis, and improvisation. Includes memory drills and ear training. Intended for students in the B.A. Music program.
- Songwriting - MUS 319
Tues, 5 - 8pm, Johanna Divine, Instructor
Write songs (both words and music), alone or in teams, in genre(s) according to your interests. May be repeated once for credit. Prereq: English 102 (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better. Johanna Divine is a songwriter, singer, and filmmaker. Her most recent CD is entitled, Electric Tide. She is the host of Avalon Variety Hour on KRVS public radio.
- Beginning Button Accordion - MUS 329
Mon & Wed, 5 – 6:15pm, Nathan Williams, Jr., Instructor
If you have a button accordion in the key of C and are wondering what to do with it, you are ready for one of UL Lafayette’s traditional music courses, Beginning Button Accordion. You will receive instruction in traditional Cajun and Creole French dance music including zydeco from Nathan Williams, Jr. He fronts the band, Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers. They have released six CD’s and were nominated by “Offbeat Magazine” for best zydeco artist and album.
- Intermediate Cajun Fiddle - MUS 328
Tues & Thurs, 5 – 6:15pm, Al Berard, Instructor
This class is for students who have completed Beginning Cajun Fiddle or who already know several tunes. Al Berard, a Grammy-nominated fiddler with the Basin Brothers, also plays electric guitar with the Berard Family Band and fiddle and guitar with many other groups. He is a sought-after recording artist, as well as a songwriter and studio producer.
- Cajun Music Ensemble - AMUS 160, section 1
Time TBA, 2 hours per week, Mitch Reed, instructor
Learn to play traditional Cajun and Creole music in a group. Previous knowledge of this music is welcome but not required. Must be able to play your instrument above beginner level.
Instructor Mitch Reed started playing the fiddle at age 15 and studied with Acadiana's great masters such as Canray Fontenot, Wade Frugé and Dewey Balfa. Mitch currently plays bass and fiddle with BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, with whom he won a Grammy in 2009. Mitch has taught at several fiddle camps, including those hosted by Jay Ungar and Mark O'Connor.
Sign up for a 10-minute audition time by phone (337-482-1020), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in person outside the door of Angelle Hall, Room 247. Audition time slots TBA or by appointment. Be prepared to play or accompany two songs on your main instrument and to sing if you do that. Regular rehearsal time will be set after auditions.
- Bluegrass Music Ensemble - AMUS 160 , section 3
Time TBA, 2 hours per week, Len Springer, instructor
UL Lafayette students who play violin, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, dobro or guitar: here is your chance to play bluegrass music for credit. Singers welcome.
Instructor Len Springer is the leader and fiddler of the Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band. Their most recent CD is Story to Tell. Len toured widely with several Nashville-based artists including Brenda Lee, Donna Fargo, Ronnie Reno and Ray Price. He also worked as a staff fiddler for Top Tracks demo studio in Nashville. He was the founder and director of the South Louisiana Bluegrass Association, Inc.
Sign up for a 10-minute audition time by phone (337-482-1020), email (email@example.com), or in person outside the door of Angelle 247. Audition time slots TBA or by appointment. Regular rehearsal time will be set after auditions.
Not a UL student? Contact University College, firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-482-6729, to learn how to enroll. Beginning Cajun Fiddle, Beginning Button Accordion and Cajun and Zydeco Music 360 online are all open to non-University students. Register for these courses through University College.
Don’t read music? No problem! All hands-on courses are taught by ear. If you are not accustomed to learning by ear, prepare to add a new facet to your musicianship.