Building Community One Tune at a Time

Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians (PacJAM) provides an opportunity for area youth and adults to experience community through the joy of participating in traditional music.

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




Local students and their teachers are taking 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.


Participating adults learn how to build their skills on a specific instrument, take part in traditional music jams and learn improvisation. Scroll down to learn more about upcoming adult opportunities this summer.


PacJAM Summer Camp 2023

PacJAM Summer Camp 2023

Date Jun 26 - 30, 2023Time 8:30 amVenue Tryon Fine Arts CenterPrice $150

We have planned a fantastic summer camp, for the week of June 26th-30th. Rising star Ella Hennessee joins us from Appalachian state for coaching guitar, fiddle, vocals, & band. Ruthie Pilgrim teaches Suzuki-style fiddle, and is excited to make sure PacJAMs' fiddlers sta...

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PacJAM Adult Summer Workshops

PacJAM Adult Summer Workshops

Date Jun 26 - 29, 2023Time 12:30 pmPrice $30 – $72

Spend an hour JAMming with Ella & Will (all-instrument JAMs), learning dulcimer with Ryan (dulcimers provided!), keeping up your fiddle tunes with Amy, or learning new Old Time tunes with Bob. We have lunchtime fun schedule for you Monday-Thursday, June 26-July 1 - joi...

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   2023 Summer Youth PacJAM Camp

Our 2023 Summer Youth Camp runs the full week, from 8:30am-12 each day, with an incredible diversity of activities which immerse youth in folk music and culture.  Students will experience group lessons, jams, music theory, traditional art, songs, stories, and dancing, with an impressive lineup of regular and guest artists. Students who have already had experience on an instrument may sign up for the “standard” offerings of beginning, intermediate, or advanced fiddle, mandolin, guitar, clawhammer & 3-finger banjo. Scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis – just contact Julie to register instead of registering online.
  • Students 8-11, & 12 & up who are new to music lessons, or want a fun change for summer session may try dulcimer &/or washboard.
  • Youth age 6 & 7 may register for ukulele, or “washboard & rhythms.”
  • Both Clover Pickers & Muddy Boots will spend the week in intensive band rehearsals – diving into music theory, learning new songs, and rehearsing.

Youth summer session is $150 per child, with a multi-child discount. Washboards & dulcimers do not need a rental fee, as those instruments will not come home with the student during the week.

Rentals for fiddle, mandolin, banjo & guitar are good through the end of our fall semester and are $65 for all instruments besides ukulele, which is $32.

Click here for 2023 PacJAM Summer Youth Camp Sign Up



If you have questions or need additional assistance, please email
 Julie Moore, Program Director
or call TFAC, T-F
10 AM – 4 PM at: