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Mission and Goals

Organizational Structure

The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University is a stand-alone unit within Academic Affairs. The center houses the “Traditional Music Program,” offering a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in Traditional Music Studies, (coursework can also be taken as electives), the “Traditional Music Archives” and “Sounds of Our Heritage” outreach program. It is academically responsible to the provost through the dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Mission Statement

  • The mission of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music combines four equally important responsibilities:
  • Provide a nationally accredited quality education in traditional music styles.
  • Preserve, develop and celebrate our cultural heritage.
  • Collect, maintain and provide access to culturally significant materials to foster better understanding of traditional music.
  • Represent our cultural heritage through performance educational outreach and interaction.


  • To teach about our traditional music forms and culture from both a historical and contemporary perspective using methods which encourage quality learning through discovery and inspiration.
  • To mentor and prepare students to become well-rounded, business savvy, creative, productive artists.
  • To develop and maintain the Traditional Music Archive as a resource for researchers, students, and the public.
  • To simultaneously preserve and develop our art form.
  • To provide students with extensive performance experience and the opportunity to interact with musical artists and professionals in the music industry.
  • To engage and educate the public, positively representing Kentucky’s rich cultural heritage in its global context, the Appalachian region and Morehead State University through performance and interaction with community in the MSU service region and beyond.