JAM believes

that children who are actively engaged in traditional mountain music are more connected and better prepared to strengthen their communities for future generations.

We envision

a world in which all children have the opportunity to experience community through the joy of participating in traditional mountain music together.

Our mission

is to provide communities with the support and tools they need to teach children to play and dance to traditional old time and bluegrass music.

What’s Happening in the JAM World

Our Founder, Helen White

The mountains are still with a great silence. We have lost the vibrant earthly presence of Helen White, our fearless leader. As you all know, nearly twenty years ago in Sparta, North Carolina, Helen started from scratch the program that quickly became known as Junior Appalachian Musicians. What everyone may not know is that her goal was not only to preserve old time and bluegrass music and dance with future generations. Helen cared deeply for people. On a daily basis, she heard the tough...

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JAM Stage at Wide Open Bluegrass!

JAM is excited to host 16 different youth acts of old time and bluegrass music as part of the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Wide Open Bluegrass festival in downtown Raleigh, NC! And it's free for everyone! For a full schedule, bios and videos of our performers, click on the flier below to be redirected to the Wide Open Bluegrass website.

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JAM Songbook Available!

Do you have your copy of the JAM Songbook yet? In addition to being a wonderful learning resource for JAM kids and teachers, the JAM Songbook has 39 standard bluegrass/old-time songs for everyone to learn! Learn the Nashville number system, chords on five instruments, hear and see all the songs on Spotify and Youtube, and so much more! Order your copy now! Bulk pricing also available. 

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