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Folk and Bluegrass Studies

The UNC School of Music is thrilled to announce the creation of the Folk and Bluegrass Studies program. The program began in Fall of 2017 and welcomes musicians who play bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass, and is available to students pursuing any of the school’s existing undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Performance, Music Education, Music Business, Jazz Studies, or Composition.

Folk and Bluegrass instrumentalists who have completed an undergraduate degree may also enroll in a one-year Graduate Performance Certificate.

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Applications to Folk and Blugrass Studies for Fall of 2019 are currently being accepted. 


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Faculty & Staff

Martin Gilmore, School of Music Faculty

Martin Gilmore

Guitar, Folk and Bluegrass
Instructor of Music

Ron Lynam, School of Music Faculty


Folk and Bluegrass Banjo
Instructor of Music 

Frasier 204C

(970) 351-3190

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Natalie Padilla, School of Music Faculty

Natalie Padilla

Fiddle, Folk and Bluegrass
Instructor of Music

Eric Thorin, School of Music Faculty

Eric Thorin

Bass, Folk and Bluegrass
Instructor of Music