University School is a K-12 laboratory school on the campus of East Tennessee State University. Their JAM program began in October 2014 as the first Tennessee JAM program. In a unique program model, the instructors are students from ETSU’s acclaimed Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies undergrad program. The program is available for students grades 4-12 at the University School and is held on Thursday afternoons from 3:15-5:00. It offers instruction in fiddle, clawhammer banjo, three-finger banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, singing, and band. The students will be performing in their community for the Books a Million Winter Fundraiser and their annual fundraiser in the spring, Pickin’ in the School Yard.
For more info about current events, class schedules, and registration, visit the University School JAM page .
The Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee has a strong history of bluegrass and old time music; the traditions continue to grow with the the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies program at ETSU. Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol is home to many roots music venues and festivals each year, and many well-known musicians hail from the area, such as Adam Steffey and Tim Stafford. A great deal of early country music recordings were made in Johnson City in the 1920’s and ’30s.
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