Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians

Fall Semester

Wednesday afternoons
Sept. 11-Nov. 13, 2019

Spring Semester

Wednesday afternoons
Jan. 15-March 18, 2020

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 halls and galleries of TFAC 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 5th year, PacJAM offers ten-week sessions each fall and winter/spring semester, as well as an intensive day camp one week each summer. Students of all skill levels ages 6-14 years old, as well as adults, are invited to join us for instruction in traditional music.

Instructors include: Phil Jenkins, Phil & Gaye Johnson, Amy & Bob Buckingham, plus special guest teachers.

Click below to sign up or enroll your child. For questions or additional assistance, please email or call 828-859-8322.

Upcoming Events

Student Classes Fall 2019

Each semester of PacJAM classes includes 10 consecutive 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.

Adult Classes Fall 2019

Cross an item off your bucket list-learn to play an instrument! PacJAM's small group classes are led by friendly, professional musicians. Choose from instruction in ukulele, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, or banjo. This is the perfect opportunity to deepen your appreciation of the culture and history of our region while exploring musical theory.

New for this semester, beginners and intermediate players will focus on Old Time style with instrument instruction in ukulele, clawhammer banjo, guitar, or mandolin/fiddle.  Respective instructors are Tyson Graham, Bob Buckingham, Woody Cowan, and Amy Buckingham, followed by an all-instrument jam with your professional instructors leading the way.

For more advanced players, hold on to your hats as you are led through driving bluegrass JAMs with Phil Jenkins - bluegrass banjo, guitar, & washboard extraordinaire, and Red Sims - with fingers of fire on the mandolin and guitar.  These instructors will use classic bluegrass repertoire to challenge to sense of playing in a jam.

The fee for each 10 week semester is $150, with rental instruments available for an additional fee.

Spring 2020 Semester

The 10 week Spring Semester runs from January 15 through March 18, 2020. For parents' convenience, we'll automatically enroll Fall students in the Spring semester-pay anytime or let us know if your plans change. New registrations will open soon!

PacJAM Summer Camp 2020
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Students ages 6 to 14 have the chance to learn from expert bluegrass and old time instructors. Camp is from 8:30-12 each morning, and includes snacks, a camp t-shirt, and enrichment activities in addition to instruction in your child's choice of ukulele, fiddle, banjo, guitar, or mandolin. Registration is $150 for the week, and PacJAM offers discounted registration for siblings and limited scholarships may be available.

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