PacJAM provides an opportunity for area youth to experience community through the joy of participating in traditional music.

Local students and their teachers are taking their part in a multi-state regional effort to preserve the music of the Appalachian cultural heritage, filling the air with guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and ukulele music each week. In addition to instrument instruction, students learn local music history and theory, ear training, dance, folklore, and rhythm development.

Now in its 8th year, PacJAM offers sessions each fall and winter/spring semester, as well as an intensive day camp one week each summer. Students of all skill levels ages 6-late teens, as well as adults, are invited to join us for instruction in traditional music.

Instructors in Spring 2021 include Gaye Johnson, Amy & Bob Buckingham & Woody Cowan.

For questions or additional assistance, please email Julie Moore, Program Director or call 828-859-8322.

PacJAM Summer Session 2021

June 28 - July 2,  8:30 am-12 pm at TFAC

A week of fun, PacJAMMed with learning opportunities.

Tuition is only $150, snacks included

Guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo for 8-16; washboards, rhythm, & movement for ages 6-7, 8-11

Our 2021 PacJAM summer session will be our best ever.  In one week, your children will greatly expand their musical knowledge with our exciting lineup of teachers and classes.

All students will experience:

  • Group lessons tailored to their level, from beginner to advanced
  • Daily small-group instruction in JAMMing
  • Music Theory made fun
  • Folk Crafts
  • Tall-Tale writing for songs or stories

Final concert & picnic on Friday the 2nd.

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Spring Semester


March 30 - June 2

The 2021 Spring semester of PacJAM classes includes 10 consecutive weeks of group lessons for children ages 6 and up in traditional music on the instrument of their choice, plus folk singing, dance, and storytelling. Ages 8 and up receive instruction in either guitar, banjo, mandolin, or fiddle, while ages 6 & 7 study ukulele.

Tuition is only $150 per semester, with rental instruments available for an additional $50 per semester.

note - ukulele rental is just $25

For information on scholarship availability, please contact Julie Moore, Program Director

Due to safety concerns for our students and community regarding Covid-19, we have re-designed the program to accommodate NC Mandates and CDC safety protocol for the Spring Semester.

All classes are planned for outside.  In the event of inclement weather, classes will move indoors. 


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PacJAM programs are supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.