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Traditional Music Ensembles

"Traditional Music Ensemble" is ultimately a flexible concept with the potential to take many forms, depending on student interest, initiative, and instructor availability. We started a Cajun music ensemble in 2011, now known as the Angelle Aces. We later added bluegrass (Vermilion Express), zydeco (Ragin' Steppers), electric blues (Ragin' Blues Band), and acoustic blues (Royal Roots Blues Band). For further questions about traditional music ensembles or about the traditional music major, please contact Dr. DeWitt at 337-482-1020 or

UL Lafayette is one of only two dozen in North America offering hands-on musical instruction in oral traditions, and the only one to feature Cajun and Creole French music of Louisiana. Courses offered include group instruction for beginners and advanced one-on-one instruction in Cajun fiddle, accordion, and French vocals; songwriting; and small ensembles for credit. We also offer music history and appreciation classes that focus on these styles of music.

The B.A. in Music with a Concentration in Traditional Music at UL Lafayette provides handson training and an academic foundation for students interested in Louisiana-based styles (Cajun, Zydeco, etc.) and other traditions which are, by and large, learned by “ear.” Some scholarships are available.

Complementing the traditional music major, the School of Music & Performing Arts offers a B.A. in Music with a Concentration in Music Business and a Bachelor of Music in Music Media, providing opportunities for recording projects, event production, and promotion. Some students pursue these concentrations while studying traditional music. Students who do not major in music are also welcome to take traditional music classes, minor in music, and audition for our ensembles.