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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

JAM & Family Day Update


The weather forecast at this point does look rainy, but this event is RAIN OR SHINE. There are indoor/covered locations for all of the workshops and the performances can be moved to from the outdoor amphitheater to the indoor theater, which is very nice.

THERE WILL BE A MANDOLIN WORKSHOP offered in Session III. We did not originally plan for this, but many of the students attending are mandolin pickers! Participants will be able to switch around their workshop choices to accommodate for this.

Schedule of Events:

11 am – Instrument Petting Zoo will be open; registration will be open.

1 pm – Please arrive by 1 pm at the latest if your child is participating in the workshops or if you are leading a workshop. There will be name tags and workshop assignments for all of the participants, and several of the children will need this time to clarify their workshop choices.

1:25 – 2:10 Session I (choice of Singing/Songwriting, Fiddle II, Stringband II, Dance, Banjo I, Instrument Zoo, museum exhibit)

2:15 – 3:00 Session II (choice of Singing/Songwriting, Guitar II, Stringband I, Dance, Fiddle II, Banjo II, museum exhibit)

3:05 – 3:50 Session III (choice of Singing/Songwriting, Guitar I, Stringband II, Fiddle I, Mandolin, museum exhibit)

3:50 – 5:00 Open jam time, practice for performances, free meals provided to student participants, teachers and JAM directors accompanying students


5:00 – 5:20 Childress Girls of WiseJAMS – Big Stone Gap, VA 

5:25 – 5:45 Creekside Crawfish of Transylvania JAM – Brevard, NC

5:50 – 6:10 Alleghany JAM – Sparta, NC

6:15 – 6:35 Jackson Co. JAM – Cullowhee, NC

6:40 – 7:00 Galax JAM – Galax, VA

Directions for traveling to the Blue Ridge Music Center: 
Thanks! We are looking forward to this event. It will be special to see the kids from different regions and programs interact with each other and realize that the world of old time and bluegrass music is much bigger than their local community! The Blue Ridge Music Center is also a state-of-the-art venue, and this performance opportunity will be very beneficial to their music education experience.
We are very appreciative to our partners, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, National Park Service and Blue Ridge Music Makers Guild to make this a reality!

More Music to More Kids Campaign





We expect a record student turnout this fall—many in communities with limited or no arts education opportunities. So we have launched the More Music to More Kids summer campaign to raise $7,500 by the end of June so we are ready and able to help our JAM affiliate programs reach every child who wants to be a part of the JAM community.

We need your help to:

• establish more JAM affiliates who are eagerly waiting in the wings to start
• get more instruments to kids who can’t afford them
• train and qualify more instructors to reach and retain more children
• provide more opportunities for students to perform and meet other JAM kids across the region

Please check out More Music to More Kids at and share with your friends!

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JAM Camp at Blue Ridge Music Center

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE – MONDAY, MAY 16 AT 11:59 PM! Click here to register online

Galax, Virginia – The Blue Ridge Music Center is partnering with Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc (JAM) to present a day of activities, workshops and performances for young old time and bluegrass musicians on Saturday, May 21. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the National Park Service and JAM have collaborated to extend this day camp opportunity to children in 40 JAM programs across Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina. The event is free to participants and their families, as well as the public.

Participating children will choose three workshops or activities in the afternoon, ranging from beginner or intermediate/advanced levels of Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, String Band, Singing & Songwriting, and Dance. Regional teaching artists will lead the workshops and include: Erika Godfrey Testerman (fiddle, Lansing, NC), Stanley Widener (guitar, Fancy Gap, VA), Lucas Pasley (claw hammer banjo, Sparta, NC), Terry Gleason (string band, Fries, VA), Jacki Spector (string band, Mount Airy, NC), Joy Blair (singing/songwriting, Johnson City, TN) and Martha Spencer (dance, Whitetop, VA).

At the close of the day, special group performances from Galax JAM (Galax, VA), Alleghany JAM (Sparta, NC), WiseJAMS (Big Stone Gap, VA), Franklin Co. JAM (Rocky Mount, VA), Transylvania JAM (Brevard, NC), and Jackson Co. JAM (Cullowhee, NC) will be held on the Music Center’s amphitheater stage.

Other activities geared to kids not currently playing a musical instrument will begin at 11 a.m. and include: a guided hike on the Music Center’s Kids in Parks High Meadow Track Trail, Junior Ranger activities, a craft activity, the American Roots Music exhibit tour, and an instrument petting zoo offered by the Blue Ridge Music Makers Guild.

The workshops will begin at 1:30 p.m. and performances will begin on stage at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Brett Martin at or 276-773-0573.

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