Building Community One Tune at a Time

Proud recipients of the South Arts 2022 In These Mountains Projects Grant

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. Click here to learn more.


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.


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.


If you have questions or need additional assistance, please email Julie Moore, Program Director or call TFAC, T-F 10 AM - 4 PM at 828-859-8322.



Our winter program will run every Wednesday from January 18 - March 22 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM for Beginner & Intermediate students, & 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM for advanced students.

Students will experience group lessons, jams, music theory, & traditional art, songs, and stories, with an impressive lineup of regular and guest artists.


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