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Bluegrass for the Next Generation Project at SUNY Plattsburgh


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Experience Bluegrass

At SUNY Plattsburgh there are plenty of ways to get involved with bluegrass. You can borrow an instrument from our Music Department, participate in a jam session, attend a coffeehouse, enroll in a bluegrass history course, take lessons in bluegrass instruments and/or singing, listen to bluegrass music shows on WARP campus radio, and borrow CDs from Feinberg Library’s extensive bluegrass collection.

Discover music that’s new to you.

Learning something new is always interesting and surprising. Bluegrass is an unexpected pleasure. It’s a homegrown blend of American history and toe-tapping music. MUS119: Introduction to Bluegrass Music focuses on the history, instruments, performers, preeminent bands, musical structure and songs of this indigenous American musical form. Applied lessons in bluegrass instruments and singing are available as listed in our Course Master Schedule.

Listen, join in and get together. Enjoy the music with people like you.

Join the Bluegrass Club at SUNY Plattsburgh! Whether you like to listen, sing, play an instrument or get up and dance, bluegrass brings everyone together for a memorable time. For more information contact Emily Mero at [email protected] .

Bluegrass for the Next Generation (BGNG) was launched back in the summer of 2011 with a generous donation from an anonymous donor. BGNG’s mission is to encourage a lifelong interest in acoustic music, in general, and bluegrass music specifically.

Community Outreach

The project has a five-fold educational process:

  1. Introduce the genre through schools. Participating schools receive donations for instruments and funds so students can attend bluegrass festivals and concerts
  2. Involve the new audience in listening and attendance at concerts
  3. Encourage those musically inclined to learn to play acoustic instruments used in Bluegrass
  4. Encourage community outreach and generational mixing so interest in bluegrass music may be passed on from one generation to the next
  5. Undertake any additional activities that further the objectives of the BGNG project

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Contact Information

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) 593-8429
Email: [email protected].