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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.

Most instrument groups in our program are full for the 2022-2023 school year.  We may have room to accept new students with experience playing their instrument. Please call our office (828-669-0930) if you have questions about JAM, to inquire about openings, or to be placed on the waitlist.

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.

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). 

2023-2024 JAM Dates & Tuition Rates

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year will begin in mid-June.  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

  • 13 dates

  • Semester tuition $130


September 6, 13, 20, 27…..$48

October 4, 11, 18, 25………$48

November 1, 8, 15…….……$36

December 6, 13*.................$24

Semester II

  • 18 dates

  • Semester tuition $180


January 10, 17, 24, 31…....$48

February 7, 14, 21, 28….…$48

March 6, 13, 20, 27…….….$48

April 10, 17, 24………….…$36

May 1, 8, 15**....................$36


JAM Highlights

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