The Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program offers group lesson for students ages 8 to 17 teaching traditional mountain tunes on fiddle, banjo and guitar. Professional musicians guide the classes every Wednesday through demonstration, repetition and verbal instructions, and then breaking students into smaller instrument groups.


Third Quarter- 8 sessions -$80

1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5,  2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4


Fourth Quarter- 8 sessions - $80

3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6

3:30pm - 5:30pm

Ages 8-17


Ben Nelson

Cary Fridley

Leo Shannon

Payments can be taken by cash, check, or debit/credit card, either dropped off, mailed, or called in (for debit/credit) to the main office, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. 

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.

Classes are $10 per lesson, paid in two quarters - $60 due on the second class September 11 and $70 due on October 23 for the 14 weeks from September 4 through December 11. Homeschoolers are welcome. The BMCA has some instruments available for rent. 

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 to students. They are available to take home so that students will be able to practice during evenings and weekends. Certain criteria must be met in order to rent an instrument, including competency level, dependability, maturity level, etc. If you’re interested in renting an instrument, please call our main office.


828.669.0930 / / Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm

225 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA

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