Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians
Building Community One Tune at a Time
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 (new for this year) ukulele and mountain dulcimer music each week, . In addition to instrument instruction, students learn local music history and theory, ear training, dance, folklore, and rhythm development.
Now in it’s 4th 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.
Each semester of PacJAM classes includes 10 consecutive group lessons for children and adults ages 6 and up on Wednesday nights. Classes in guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, plus singing, dance, and storytelling are available. Tuition is only $125 per semester, with rental instruments available for an additional $50 per semester.
PacJAM Benefit: Community Folk Dance
Join us for an old fashioned folk dance on Saturday, November 4 at the Green Creek Community Center! Live music will be provided by the Blue Ridge Rounders and favorite local caller Jennie Wakefield will lead the dances.
The fun will include raffles, a cake walk, plus an instrument petting zoo for kids and adults to "try on" traditional instruments for hands-on fun.
A suggested donation of $10 at the door for adults and $5 for students goes to support PacJa classes and keep traditional music alive in the foothills.
Dinner is available at 6pm for an additional $8 to benefit Green Creek Community Center.
PacJAM students wrap up each semester with a public concert to show off their musical skills to friends and family. Our expert instructors play along with the kids-letting the students share the stage with traditional music legends. An old fashioned pot luck after the show is a great way to meet new friends and celebrate Appalachian culture. Join us for the next concert on November 15.
Adult Instruction Now Available!
Led by expert instructors and professional musicians, the hands-on workshops are held on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm. Register now for the spring semester, running January 17-March 21, 2018.
To learn more or save your spot in the next round of classes, download the regestration form below and return to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by TFAC's Kessler Box Office for details.
Meet Your Instructors
Meet your 2017 PacJAM instructors:
Phil Johnson: Guitar
Phil Jenkins: Bluegrass Banjo
Bob Buckingham: Clawhammer Banjo & Mandolin
Amy Buckingham: Fiddle, Dance (youth enrichment) & Adult Mandolin
Gaye Johnson: Singing, Jams, and Folklore in Ballads (youth enrichment)
Dan Keller: Ukulele for ages 6 & up
Margaret Hudgins: Mountain Dulcimer
Hannah Seng: Adult Fiddle