Course Descriptions

PSM 101 (3 credit hours) Course ID:005552 Bluegrass & Traditional Music History I: Geographic Influence & Instrumental Origin
Provides an overview of traditional instruments and their geographic and cultural origins as they relate to the foundation of bluegrass and traditional music genres. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).

PSM 105 (1 credit hour)
Recording I
Introduces recording and sound reproduction history, terminology, equipment, and practical session experience. Lab: 1.0 credit (30 contact hours).
Components: Laboratory

PSM 107 (1 credit hour) Course ID:005529 Songwriting I
Introduces the process of creating original melodies and lyrics under the direction of a professional songwriter. Lab: 1.0 credit (30 contact hours).
Components: Laboratory

PSM 112 (1 credit hour) Course ID:005554 Individual Stringed Instrument Instruction
Provides an individual stringed instrument study course under the guidance of an experienced professional instructor. Designed to teach performance techniques in a flexible structure. May be repeated with different subtitle for a maximum of 4 credits.

PSM 113 (1 credit hour) Course ID:005556 Guitar I
Teaches basic fundamentals of bluegrass and traditional chords, rhythm and simple flat-picking lead along with standard tuning and set-up tips. Prerequisite: MUS 174 or Consent of Instructor. Lab: 1.0 credit (30 contact hours). Components: Laboratory

PSM 114 (2 credit hours) Course ID:005555 Bluegrass & Traditional Band/Ensemble
Pairs two or more instrumentalists in a group/ensemble setting, in order to explore the components and structure of a ‘band’ under the guidance of a professional band leader. May be repeated with different subtitle for a maximum of 8 credits. Lab: 2.0 credits (60 contact hours).
Components: Laboratory

PSM 117 (1 credit hour) Course ID:005559 Songwriting II
Provides guidance through the process of creating and refining original melodies and lyrics under the direction of a professional songwriter, emphasizing different techniques while overcoming barriers. Prerequisite: PSM 108 or Consent of Instructor. Lab: 1.0 credit (30 contact hours). Components: Laboratory

PSM 118 (2 credit hours) Course ID:005528 Bluegrass & Traditional Harmony/Part Singing
Introduces basic bluegrass and traditional harmony/part singing and theory using ear training, number notation and basic chords. Prerequisite: MUS 174 or Consent of Instructor. Lab: 2.0 credits (60 contact hours). Components: Laboratory

PSM 121 (3 credit hours) Course ID:005557 Bluegrass & Traditional Music History II: Evolution of Old Time, Folk and Early Bluegrass
Provides an in-depth study of old time, folk and early bluegrass music genres and their components, exploring connections between radio, labor conflict, war and early professional musicians. Prerequisite: PSM 101 or Consent of Instructor. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours). Components: Lecture

PSM 125 (1 credit hour) Course ID:005558 Recording II
Provides practical studio and set-up training for recording sessions utilizing software and computers. Prerequisite: PSM 105 or Consent of Instructor. Laboratory: 1.0 credit (30 contact hours). Components: Laboratory

PSM 217 (2 credit hours) Course ID:005562 Songwriting III
Provides guidance through the process of creating
and refining original melodies, lyrics and music under he direction of a professional songwriter, emphasizing writing for specific media and multi-writer collaboration. Prerequisite: PSM 128 or Consent of Instructor. Lab: 2.0 credits (60 contact hours).
Components: Laboratory

PSM 227 (2 credit hours) Songwriting IV
Provides guidance through the process of creating an effective demo and marketing original songs under the direction of a professional songwriter, emphasizing the completed demo project. Prerequisite: PSM 238 or Consent of Instructor. Lab: 2.0 credits (60 contact hours). Components: Laboratory

PSM 231 (3 credit hours) Course ID:005560 Bluegrass & Traditional Music History III: Early Stringband & Country Music
Provides an in-depth study of early string band, country music and promotion pioneers, focusing on the role of early radio and barn dances. Prerequisite: PSM 121 or Consent of Instructor. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours). Components: Lecture

PSM 235 (2 credit hours) Course ID:005561 Recording III
Provides an in-depth study of computer and Pro Tools software, recording techniques and applications. Prerequisite: PSM 125 or Consent of Instructor. Laboratory: 2.0 credits (60 contact hours). Components: Laboratory

PSM 241 (3 elective credit hours)Bluegrass & Traditional Music History IV: The Masters & Their Music
Provides a comprehensive study of the music and careers of the iconic figures in bluegrass & traditional music from 1936 to present. Requires listening to recordings, reading the primary text, and reading suggested articles from industry periodicals. Prerequisite: PSM 231. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
Components: Lecture 

PSM 245 (2 credit hours) Course ID:005061 Recording IV
Provides an advanced and complex study of recording, mixing and editing software session data to finished products. Prerequisite: PSM 235 or Consent of Instructor. Laboratory: 2.0 credits (60 contact hours).
Components: Laboratory 

PSM 250 (3 credit hours)
Instructor Consent Required
Field Experience/Production/Business

Designed to give a wide variety of practical, hands-on work experience in the bluegrass and traditional music field. (Companion course to PSA 240). Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. Lecture: 1.0 credit (15 contact hours). Lab: 2.0 credits (60 contact hours).
Components: Laboratory, Lecture