Join us for a free teacher training opportunity Wednesday, March 27 at the Mountain Heritage Center of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC from 9 am – 12 p.m.

Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc (JAM, Inc) is offering this training to public school teachers to introduce the Appalachian Music Module (AMM). The AMM is a curriculum unit about traditional Appalachian music. The unit has 15 lesson plans designed for a fourth grade audience and is correlated with NC Fourth Grade Standards in Language Arts, Social Studies and Music. (However, the unit can also be used for student audiences older than fourth grade.)

Lesson topics and activities range from Early Appalachian History, Writing a Ballad, the Evolution of Appalachian Music, to Instruments in Traditional Music (and much more!) The AMM is supplemented with footage from The Appalachians DVD, numerous audio samples, the Discover Bluegrass DVD, Mist Over the Mountains by Raymond Bial, and All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan. For more information about the guide, please contact us or visit our website at

If you are interested in attending, please contact us to reserve your spot today. The last day to reserve a spot will be Wednesday, March 20. Contact us by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at (276) 773-0573.

For more information about the Mountain Heritage Center, you can contact them at (828) 227-7129 or visit

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