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

Fiddler’s Legacy – A Tribute to Trevor Stuart

Memorial Concert Fiddler’s Legacy: A Tribute to Trevor Stuart to Benefit Haywood County JAM Waynesville, N.C., May 9, 2016 – At 7:00 p.m. on May 14 at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, old time music fans and friends of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program are invited come together for a concert honoring the late Trevor Stuart, founder and instructor in the JAM program in Haywood County. Featured performers include current JAM students and teachers, Helena Rose, Julie Shepherd-Powell...

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5th Annual Youth Music Festival to Feature Music from JAM Programs

Abingdon, VA – Youth musicians from throughout Southwest Virginia will be featured at the 5th Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival on Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon. 15 bands and traditional music programs (over 200 youth musicians) will perform throughout the day. The festival will highlight regional traditional music programs including the Albert Hash Memorial Band Program, Country Cabin String Band, Floyd JAMS, Scott County JAMS, VHCC Old Time...

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Keep Old Time Music Alive!

Keep Old Time Music Alive! by Terry Carstensen, banjo instructor, FloydJAMS What better way to keep Old Time music alive than to teach it to our children? In Floyd, Virginia, young people gather once per week after school to learn to play the fiddle, guitar or banjo. The FloydJAMS program is one of 40 JAM programs in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee that teach traditional old time and bluegrass music to children. Some students have listened to family members play the...

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