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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

Appalachian Music Module Training Opportunity

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 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

Thank you! Please feel free to pass this announcement along.

Attention JAM Students!!!

Attention JAM students in Western North Carolina! You are invited to a Traditional Music Performance Workshop for Youth. Please spread the word to any young people who would be interested.

This workshop is for youth who are performing mountain heritage music and would like to learn more about stage presence. Should you look at the audience? Should you tell a story or just play? How the heck do you use those microphones? How do you choose something to perform? Remember to smile.

Judy Rhodes will lead this performance workshop. Judy’s family has lived in the Western North Carolina area since the early 1700s and she brings with her a deep knowledge of the culture and music of the area. She is a performer and has served as a judge for the Mountain Youth Talent Contests for a number of years. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Judy is also a piano teacher, children’s choir director, and mother to four children.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Ages: All ages are invited but workshop is geared for 3rd – 12th graders
Time: 10:00am – 12:00noon
Location: Sylva Library, Community Room (upstairs)
Cost: This workshop is provided through funding from the NC Arts Council for the Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program.
Registration: Deadline – Monday, February 25. Please contact the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Center at 828-586-4009 or to register.

We hope you will join us!

2013 JAM News

Howdy everyone!

The staff at the Regional JAM, Inc office would like to thank all of our affiliated programs for this 2012-2013 school year. The JAM program model continues to sprout wings and fly, and we can congratulate 22 different programs throughout Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina this year for providing traditional music education to youth throughout the mountains and beyond. Give a big round of applause to:

Alleghany JAM

Ambler Elementary YAM

AR Lewis Elementary YAM

Ashe County JAM

Buncombe County JAM

Caldwell County JAM

Chatham County JAM

Cherokee County JAM

Floyd JAMS

Galax JAM

Hagood ELementary YAM

Haywood County Arts Council JAM

Holly Springs YAM

Jackson County JAM

Liberty YAM

Madison County Arts Council JAM

Pickens Elementary YAM

Pickens Middle YAM

Swain County JAM

Transylvania JAM

Wise JAMS – Coeburn

 Wise JAMS – Big Stone Gap.

Please check out the latest and newest JAM program at Big Stone Gap that just started! There are a lot of great pictures up at Wise JAMS – Coeburn’s affiliate page , too! We are sorry to lose programs at Watauga, Wilkes and Stecoah but we would like to welcome back Swain County’s JAM program at the Mountain Discovery Charter School in Bryson City, NC.  

For more information about these programs, please visit their webpages by going back Home to the list on the right side.

If you are part of a JAM or YAM program and want to see your pictures, videos, and extra information on our website, please send it to or

We’d love to hear from you!

Also, check out our new Kids Pages addition to the website!







Alleghany JAM is doing a great job of uploading and sending us the links to online lessons from some of their instructors. Please check it out and we welcome all your submissions, teachers!  Check out their student practice page!

Many thanks to all of the programs and our private donors and funders for making this possible!

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