Spring PacJAM-Adult

Spring PacJAM-Adult

Tryon Fine Arts Center kicks off 2024 with its uber-popular Pacolet Junior Appalachian Music (PacJAM) program. PacJAM is a musical exploration for youth and adults interested in learning Ol' Time Appalachian music on traditional instruments..

Youth Classes

Wednesdays, 4-6 pm


Beginning & Intermediate youth music classes on traditional and ol’ time instruments including but not limited to, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar. Students will attend 40 minutes of music enrichment, including multiple flat-footing sessions led by Alice Kexel, story-telling, visits from guest musicians, as well as learn about the heritage of the music and the region. They will have 40 minutes of group music classes, and 40 minutes of singing or JAM rehearsal.

Advanced students will have 40 minutes of group instrument lessons, followed by 30 minutes of advanced singing including harmony and shape-note singing, and finish with 50 minutes of coached, small-ensemble rehearsal.

Classes are $15/session, for a total of $210 for the first student, and a 20% discount of $168 for each additional sibling. Parents may choose to split payments when registering. Inquire with Julie Moore at pacjam@tryonarts.org or 864-420-6407 about scholarships.


Adult Classes


2:45-3:45 pm & 6:15-7:15 pm


Afternoon adult classes are for fiddle, beginning guitar, and beginning mandolin. Evening adult classes are for bluegrass jam, and beginning clawhammer banjo.

“If you don’t let things develop, it’s like keeping something in a bag and not letting it out to fly”
— Earl Scruggs

It’s never too late to learn to play and/or enjoy being part of the synergy that is created by adult PacJAMMERs!

Adult classes are $15/session, for a total of $210 for the 14-week session.



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