Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program
HCAC offers this after school program for students in grades 4-12 to learn to play fiddle, banjo, and guitar in Appalachian styles from well-known musician. The JAM is designed to acquaint area young people with their local cultural heritage through instruction in mountain music. Learn more at www.JAMkids.org.
Each week, our talented instructors share their knowledge of regional traditional music with children in after school classes at Folkmoot in Waynesville. The emphasis is on community, learning the old-time styles of playing and singing music, developing our ears and creativity, and continuing the folk process here in the mountains that has been going on for 200 years or more.
JAM is a friendly place for students to come after school where it’s safe to create and fulfilling to work together. The friendships formed at JAM are different than anywhere else, and being in a band and playing music with your friends can be the experience of a lifetime.
The instructors are role models for all JAM students, but especially the girls, as seeing a woman play who has mastered her instrument is not something every little girl grows up seeing. The girls in JAM can be leaders if they want to, and they have strong role models in Cary and Maddy. Travis and Robby do their part to help create an environment where all musicians are shown respect and admiration for their musical accomplishments.
The Fall semester for JAM is coming!
Join us this coming fall by registering before September 3, 2021. Not sure if you want to participate and need to learn more? Join us at Folkmoot on August 31, 2021 at 4pm for an open house where you will listen to some traditional Appalachian music by the JAM instructors, test instruments, and ask questions.
When and Where: Folkmoot, 112 Virginia Avenue, Waynesville. We will have two semesters and four instructors teaching banjo, guitar, fiddle, and band.
- Fall Semester: September 14 – December 14, 2021
- Spring Semester: January 11 – May 17, 2022
Ready to Register? Click the button below and fill out the JAM registration packet. The registration packet is a fillable PDF and can be sent via email, printed and mailed, or dropped off at the HCAC offices.
This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.