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.

The 21/22 JAM session will begin on September 8th. JAM will meet for lessons outside in shaded and protected areas at BMCA when weather permits. Students and teachers will be socially distanced from one another and everyone will wear masks. During colder months/rainy days, JAM will meet indoors with air filters running and distanced from one another.

Payment for JAM is $10 per class, payable monthly by the first class of each month.

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.

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 (first come, first served).