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

Job Opening - JAM, Inc Executive Director Note from the Director Friends and Colleagues, It is with a mixture of emotions that I would like to let you know that the time has come for me to retire from the position of Executive Director of Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. I will be leaving at the end of May, but will remain involved as a consultant and contractor for education and outreach initiatives as needed. We are at a good point for a transition - the guides/templates/policies and...

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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...

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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...

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