The Haywood County Arts Council will hold registration for students wishing to enroll in the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at First United Methodist Church at 566 S. Haywood Street in Waynesville, and from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Haywood County Library — Waynesville Branch. JAM instructors will be on hand to assist beginning students with their choice of instrument study.
Instruments are available for rental from Strains of Music in Waynesville. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.
Beginning its 19th year in Haywood County, the JAM program is designed for children in 4th grade and older who want to learn old-time mountain music. Students will be taught banjo, fiddle or guitar in the traditional way mountain music has been taught for generations. A string band class is offered to advanced students by instructor referral only. JAM instructors are Cary Fridley, guitar; Robby Robertson, string band; Travis Stuart, banjo; Bob Willoughby, fiddle; and, Maddie Mullany, advanced fiddle.
All students in Haywood County are eligible for the JAM program. Students in adjoining counties may participate on a space available basis. Lessons are $95 per child for the fall semester (September – December, 2019) and fees must be paid in advance. Classes are held each Tuesday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 566 S. Haywood Street in Waynesville. The JAM lesson schedule follows the Haywood County School System calendar. JAM classes do not meet on early out days, school holidays, or if school is cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions. Public, private, and home schooled students are encouraged to join the JAM program.
For enrollment questions please contact Cary Fridley at email@example.com or by calling the Haywood County Arts Council at 828-452-0593. For more information about JAM, as well as other programs or events, visit the Haywood County Arts Council website at www.haywoodarts.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/haywoodarts.
The mission of the Haywood County Arts Council is to promote artists, art education, and innovation in art. This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division or the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.