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Contact: Christine Payton AUG. 10, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Several prominent Acadiana musicians will be at the head of the class this Fall at UL Lafayette.

Local musicians will be teaching two new undergraduate courses in traditional music through the university’s School of Music and Performing Arts.

These hands-on fiddle and button accordion classes will focus on Cajun and Creole tunes for those with little or no previous experience.

“ These courses grew from the community effort that created the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music, which has given us the means to hire these great local musicians,” said Dr. Mark DeWitt, who holds the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair.

Class dates and times:

Fiddle for Non-Majors I (MUS 327, 3 credit hours) will be taught by David Greely, founding fiddler of the Mamou Playboys. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 -6:15 p.m.

Button Accordion for Non-Majors (MUS 329, 3 credit hours) will be taught by Kristi Guillory, currently with the band Bon Soir Catin. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 -3:15 p.m.

Deadline to register for these classes is Monday, Aug. 22. First class meetings will be Aug. 23. These courses are available for registration for both degree-seeking and non-degree students.

Full-time UL Lafayette students should be advised that these two courses count toward the “class lessons” requirement for music minors, but one does not need to be a music minor to take them.

In addition to these two new courses, Wilson Savoy of the Pine Leaf Boys and the Savoy Family Band will again be leading the Traditional Music Ensemble (AMUS 160, 1 credit hour).

This ensemble will focus on Cajun and Creole music and requires an audition during the week of Aug. 22-26, when the ensemble meeting time will be set.

“ I am excited to have on staff David, Kristi and Wilson, who are all steeped in the tradition and in their prime as performers.” said DeWitt.

He noted that two more classes in traditional music will be held in the Spring. These include intermediate fiddle class and a songwriting class.

For more information on any of these classes, contact DeWitt by email at dewitt@louisiana.edu, by phone at 337-482-1020, or visit “Traditional Music at UL Lafayette” on Facebook.

For enrollment instructions, non-degree students please contact University College at 337-482-6729 or universitycollege@louisiana.edu.


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Document last revised Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:26 PM

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