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The Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program offers students ages 8 to 17 lessons in traditional mountain music on fiddle, banjo and guitar. Professional musicians guide the classes every Wednesday from 3:45-5pm through demonstration, repetition and verbal instructions. Students learn traditional songs, dances, and games in a safe, engaging environment with their peers
Registration for the 2024-2025 JAM Program opened on June 3rd and the program is currently full.  We are accepting waitlist applications, and hope to be able to accept more students. 
We require payment for the first month or the first semester to hold your child’s spot in the program. Scroll down for program dates and information regarding tuition. 


Please call our office (828-669-0930) if you have questions about JAM.

Payment for JAM is $12 per class, payable monthly by the first class of each month. 

Payments made for the whole semester will be $10 per class.

Additional information about fees and program dates is below.

We prefer cash or check to avoid costly credit card fees.

You may also pay via Paypal or by debit/credit card in our main office.

Our JAM program is currently at capacity. Please use the button below to register for the waitlist.

The traditional music of North Carolina’s Appalachian region has taken its place as one of the nation’s renowned art forms. Introduced by immigrants from the British Isles, Africa, and Europe, and influenced by Native American tradition, the stringed instruments, tunes, and songs of our mountains play an enduring and dynamic role in the development of American popular and classical music.

JAM is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. JAM is a regional program; BMCA hosts the Buncombe County classes.

Instrument Rental
The Black Mountain Center for the Arts has a small inventory of instruments that are available for rent for $20 per month  (first come, first served). 

2024-2025 JAM Dates & Tuition Rates

Please call our office (828-669-0930) if you have questions about JAM.


$12 per session when paid by the month or $10 per session when paid by the semester


Semester I

  • 14 dates

  • Semester tuition $140


September 4, 11, 18, 25…..$48

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30…...$60

November 6, 13, 20.….……$36

December 4, 11*.................$24

Semester II

  • 18 dates

  • Semester tuition $180


January 8, 15, 22, 29..…....$48

February 5, 12, 19, 26….…$48

March 5, 12, 19, 26…….….$48

April 2, 9, 16, 23..……….…$36

May 7, 14**........................$36


JAM Highlights

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