Traditional Music Courses

UL Lafayette, Fall 2015 (August 24 - December 4)

Don’t read music?  No problem! All of our hands-on courses are taught by ear. If you are not accustomed to learning by ear, prepare to add a new facet to your musicianship.

UL student?
Note that MUS 327, 329, and 331 count toward the Music Minor, as well as the Cajun Creole Studies Minor. MUS 360 fulfills the ARTS general education requirement and also counts towards the Cajun Creole Studies minor.

Not a UL student?  
Visit http://universityconnection.louisiana.edu/ or contact University Connection, 337-482-6729 to learn how to enroll.

Cajun and Zydeco Music - MUS 360

Online, Mark DeWitt, Professor

Here is your chance to learn about the music that has made Lafayette and the rest of Acadiana world-famous, from old French ballads and Creole juré singing to the latest Cajun and zydeco crossover experiments. This course affords you the opportunity to read about and listen to lots of music: commercial and field recordings, as well as some live music.

Course content will include occasional synchronous sessions and video recordings of artists who have visited the course in the past. For the Fall 2015 semester, this course will be offered online only. A classroom version of the class will be offered in the spring.

Ethnomusicologist Mark F. DeWitt holds the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music. He is author of the book, Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California (2008) and a contributor to The Accordion in the Americas: Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More! (2012)

Beginning Cajun Fiddle - MUS 327

Tues & Thurs, 11:00am – 12:15pm, Brazos Huval, Instructor

If you have never played the fiddle before but have an instrument and are ready to learn, you are ready for UL Lafayette’s Beginning Cajun Fiddle class.

Instructor Brazos Huval is known as the bassist for Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, along with High Performance. Huval is also a master on the fiddle, which he plays with the Huval Family Band, and teaches children and adults in his private studio and with Louisiana Folk Roots.

Beginning Button Accordion - MUS 329

Tue & Thu, 5 – 6:15pm, Corey Ledet, Instructor

If you have a button accordion in the key of C and are wondering what to do with it, you are ready for the Beginning Button Accordion class. You will receive instruction in traditional Cajun and Creole French dance music including zydeco.

Corey Ledet is a versatile musician performing not only zydeco, but also Creole and Cajun styles on a variety of accordions. He and his band were nominated for a Grammy award in 2013.

Cajun and Creole Vocals - MUS 331

Tues & Thurs, 12:30 – 1:45pm, Kristi Guillory, Instructor

This course offers group instruction in how to sing traditional Cajun and Creole French songs, such as ballads, dance music, and other repertoire. You must be able to carry a tune; knowledge of French is helpful but not required.

Instructor Kristi Guillory became a child prodigy of accordion in the early 1990s and has since earned her place among the modern masters. Kristi is obsessed with sad, pitiful Cajun songs, raunchy drinking ones and the fantastical lyrics of old Cajun a cappella ballads. A co-founder of the Grammy-nominated band Bonsoir Catin, she is a poet, a scholar, an emotional and passionate vocalist, and powerful accordion player.


The mission of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to stimulate interdisciplinary research on the foundations and diversity of traditional music worldwide and to advance the preservation, instruction, and performance of traditional music with an emphasis on traditions that have developed in Acadiana. The program began in the Fall of 2010. It is now possible to earn a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Traditional Music as well as a Music Minor with a Traditional Music emphasis. New classes and programs continue to be developed with involvement from musicians in the community.

B.A. in Music with a Concentration in Traditional Music

Visit the UL Lafayette and School of Music websites to learn about the Traditional Music Curriculum.

For more information, please contact:

Mark DeWitt
337-482-1020
dewitt@louisiana.edu