The Vernacular Music Center at Texas Tech University

Research, teaching and advocacy in the world's oral-tradition and popular musics

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The mission of the VMC is to provide a center for in-depth and comparative research, study, teaching and advocacy on behalf of the world's vernacular musics—their construction, history and role in defining cultural life in human communities—in all cultures and historical periods.



VMC Scholars: Outreach Program


VMC Scholars: Outreach Program

Dancing with Mr Darcy: A Jane Austen Evening with the TTU Vernacular Music Center


Dancing with Mr Darcy

We offer courses, workshops, concerts, and other sponsorship, and serve as liaison between the School of Music and a range of outside entities.  


A message from Dr Christopher Smith, director of the VMC  


A video message  from current VMC MUBA students  


The VMC offers diverse courses in the world's musics.  


The VMC sponsors the Bachelor of Arts in Traditional Music: a 4-year undergraduate degree in traditional and vernacular musics.  


The VMC Scholarship in Traditional Music  


TTU Vernacular Music Center spring calendar  


The Celtic Christmas, the Spring Dance Fest, and more  

Annual Events

The VMC partners throughout the community, region, and continent.  


The VMC co-sponsors public radio and educational broadcasting.  

Public Radio

Images from the VMC.  


The VMC on video  


Friends of the VMC  


Get in touch with the VMC   Contact

Dr Christopher J. Smith (Director) - School of Music MS2033
Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX 79409
(o) 806 742 2270 x249 - -

Administrative Coordinator: Abi Rhoades or