Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM)

Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program

The North Carolina Arts Council offers this program to enable students in grades 4-12 to learn to play fiddle, banjo, and guitar in Appalachian styles from well-known musician/teachers.

We have been working to compile online resources to help keep all of our students engaged the best we can. We continue to welcome any submissions of videos or other resources. Please check out www.jamkids.org where there is a main menu tab for KIDS and underneath, videos for each topic area. There you will find embedded youtube videos and links to channels. A lot of foundational information is covered, such as “how to tune” or basic technique explanations, in addition to tunes.How to pick

Big Eyed Rabbit on the guitar: https://youtu.be/NF0xlK_r7PM

Playing Scales on guitar:  


The Junior Appalachian Musicians Program (JAM) is designed to acquaint area young people, grades 4 through 12, with their local cultural heritage through instruction in mountain music. 

The 2021-2022 JAM Program will be held at Folkmoot, 112 Virginia Avenue, Waynesville.  We will have two semesters and three instructors teaching banjo, guitar, and fiddle.

Fall Semester: September 14 – December 14, 2021

Spring Semester: January 11 – May 17, 2022

Haywood County Arts Council, PO Box 306, Waynesville, NC 28786 or call 828-452-0593

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.