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Pickens Elementary YAM (SC)


Pickens County, SC is located in the upstate piedmont region, near Greenville. The highest point in the state is in Pickens County – Sassafras Mountain. It is also home to Table Rock State Park. With a history steeped in agriculture, the area has many bluegrass and country music traditions which students in the YAM programs are learning to carry on. There are several annual festivals celebrating Southern Appalachian Music. Pickens Elementary is part of the Pickens County, South Carolina Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program sponsored by Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music, Inc. (POSAM, Inc.)

Pickens Elementary YAM is for students grades 3-5. The program offers guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo for nearly 50 students. Pickens Elementary YAM is held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The program is partnered with Pickens County Schoools, Pickens Recreation Department, The Pickens Senior center and Hagood Mill.

Current Instructors
Steve McGaha – mandolin, guitar
Kaitlyn Holder – fiddle
Logan Redding – banjo

YAM Photos

Photos from Ambler Elementary, AR Lewis Elementary, Hagood Elementary, Pickens Elementary, Pickens Middle, Holly Springs Elementary, and Liberty Elementary YAM (Young Appalachian Musicians) programs in Pickens Co., SC

For more information, please contact:
Pickens  Elementary YAM
Tiffany  Short
567  Hampton Ave
Pickens,  SC 29671

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