Texas Tech University

TTU Vernacular Music Students performing celtic dance and music

School of Music
Ensembles
Vernacular Music

Vernacular Music ensembles

The Vernacular Music Center integrates diverse student experiences and global arts traditions to create accessible, engaging, and participatory music and dance events. VMC Ensembles are led by genre experts, trained in the traditional pedagogies, and seek to create learning environments uniquely suited to both the individual art forms and to the students engaging with them. All VMC Ensembles incorporate dance, storytelling, and related modes of expression within their performances, teach the arts of improvisation and performance practice, and provide training and mentoring for student participants and leaders.

Vernacular Music Faculty

Christopher J. Smith

Christopher J. Smith
Professor and Chair of Musicology
Director, Vernacular Music Center

Angela Mariani

Angela Mariani
Professor of Musicology

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Roger Landes

Roger Landes
Senior Lecturer of Musicology