The Morehead News

Local News

September 7, 2012

KCTM making music in new home

Sept. 7, 2012 —     Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) is up and running in its new $2 million facility that previously served as the county library in downtown Morehead.

    With KCTM on the east and the Kentucky Folk Art Center on the west, the long-envisioned Morehead Arts District now is anchored at both ends of First Street.    

    Coinciding with the opening of the renovated facility, KCTM now offers a bachelor’s degree in traditional music.

    Students have been able to obtain a minor in the subject since 2000.  

    “The degree has the approval of the National Association of Schools of Music,” said KCTM Director Raymond McLain said. “That’s the accrediting body for music at colleges and universities.”

    NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 644 accredited institutional members. 

    It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

    “It’s a beautiful validation of our music and of our culture,” McLain. “It means a lot to me.”

    The new facility houses two ensemble classrooms, one large classroom, a recording studio, individual practice rooms and KCTM’s traditional music archives where students and the public can access a catalog of audio, video and printed traditional music materials.  

    The archives are dedicated to Kentucky’s traditional musicians.

    “All the offices and practice rooms and classrooms and the whole building, really, were designed with the assistance of acoustic consultants so there’s good sound insulation and quality sound control,” McLain said. “Not only can you practice when someone’s playing something loud next door to you, it sounds good in your own space.”

    When the master control room is finished by the end of October, a recording console and conduits will be connected to all of the rooms.     

    McLain said students and staff will be able to effectively record from any room in the building.  

    Ensemble classes are basically band classes, McLain said. They are small, with usually no more than five students playing different instruments. The students use class time to practice songs as a band, on a riser and in front of a mirror.  

    McLain said although it may seem like ensemble classes are simple, they are not.

    “There is a lot to it because in ensemble class you’re learning about bandsmanship. You’re learning about arrangements and about choreography and about lots of things, including, showmanship, performance and presentation techniques, ways to work on material, and ways to be supportive of other people in the group.”

    There is one larger classroom at the center, which was designed for a more typical classroom-type setting.  

    McLain originally thought there would eventually be 25 students in the room.

“This semester we didn’t put a low cap on it and 42 people enrolled so we had to bring chairs and tables from all over the building to accommodate the students in one of those classes,” he said.

    KCTM’s archives include photographs of Kentucky musicians that have been enlarged and mounted to the walls throughout the building.      

    There’s a picture of Molly O’Day, who was a country music vocalist. Another picture is of the old time fiddle band, the Kentucky String Ticklers.

    “I love these photographs because it gives a flavor for what goes on in this building,” McLain added. “I like the pictures, also, of our students because hopefully people will get the hint that we’re all part of something that is not just right now but something that has been important and a priority for our people for a long time and it’s going to continue to be important for an even longer time.”

    He said KCTM not only has to satisfy the requirements of NASM but also of MSU’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Therefore, prospective traditional music majors and minors have to do auditions for admission to the program.

    “Usually, auditions are for placement rather than whether or not you’re going to be admitted to the program,” he said. “Even if you have no experience you can be admitted provisionally.”

     McLain is excited about the facility’s grand opening, a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. with musical entertainment by KCTM faculty and students.

    Tours of the building will be available to the public and refreshments will be provided.

    KCTM is located at 185 East First Street.

    Nicole Sturgill can be reached at nsturgill@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Tyndall to coach Tennessee

    Former Morehead State University Basketball Coach Donnie Tyndall has been named to that position at the University of Tennessee.

    April 23, 2014

  • 10 indicted by Rowan grand jury

    Two persons have been indicted for the alleged third-degree rape of minors in separate indictments handed down by a Rowan County grand jury April 15.

    April 23, 2014

  • King's Daughters.jpg King’s Daughters merging local clinics

    King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) of Ashland is consolidating two of its Morehead clinics into a single facility. That news was delivered to some of KDMC’s local patients recently through a form letter from Lisa Ashley, director of patient care services.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • District Judges.jpg Role playing program helps fight substance abuse

    The Rowan County Extension Service hosted “Truth and Consequences: The Choice is Yours” last Thursday at Rowan County Middle School.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Autism Walk (2).jpg Autism walk benefits Project Lifesaver

    Autism is hard to explain because of the incredible differences from person to person. Donna Oakley doesn't let the difficulty stop her from spreading awareness, beginning at the elementary level.

    April 23, 2014 6 Photos

  • Open Fork man dies in crash

          Kentucky State Police said Thomas Allen Mabry, 52, of Open Fork Road, Morehead, was killed Tuesday morning when his pickup truck left the roadway and struck a concrete culvert.

    April 22, 2014

  • Plitical Sign.jpg County to limit posting of political signs

    Rowan Judge-Executive Jim Nickell says he decided to take action after receiving numerous complaints about political campaign signs.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clarke 1.JPG Clarke appointed major in MFD

    The City of Morehead has promoted a captain within the fire department to the newly-created rank of major.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Paula Arnett.JPG Paula Arnett selected for Leadership Kentucky

    Paula Arnett has dedicated much of her life to public health administration and those efforts have earned her a spot in the upcoming class of Leadership Kentucky.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • New year, new goals for Morehead Art Guild

    The Morehead Art Guild has had some hard times over the past few years but that has only inspired them to be more creative and involved with the community.

    April 18, 2014

The Morehead News on Facebook
Poll

Should Rowan Fiscal Court do more to protect the rights of rural property owners than just regulating subdivisions and mobile home parks?

Yes
No
     View Results