In April 2017, Shakori Hills launched its own chapter of Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM), a longstanding NC program whose mission is to provide communities the tools and support they need to teach children to play and dance to string band music. JAM’s philosophy is that children who are actively engaged in traditional music are more connected and better prepared to strengthen their communities for future generations.
Utilizing donated instruments and ones provided by JAM, Inc., students met at Silk Hope Elementary for inaugural group classes in fiddle, dance, guitar, mandolin, singing and playing together as a group. Most of the students had never held an instrument. Through enthusiasm, family involvement and practice, they came together as a “band” and performed two songs at the 2017 Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival
Our Fall 2018 session will run September 20 – November 15, at the Peppercorn Event Center. Classes meet on Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
The program is open to all 4th-7th grade students, regardless of district or schooling status, so long as you can get your child to the classes. Registration is now open, with first preference given to returning students. Fiddle is taught by Kenny Jackson and Lex Handley, Guitar by Brian Moyer, Mandolin by Alex and Annette Meredith, Dance by Katy Shoemaker and Jan Gittelman, and Banjo by Krista LeClair. Virginia Ryan is taking the lead programmatic role.
Students are welcome to bring their own instruments, but we do have loaner instruments to take home if you do not. Cost to families is based on financial need. Families qualifying for free lunch receive free classes and students under reduced fee lunch plans pay $5/week. All other students pay $10/week.
Your support of JAM is needed! All donations are 100% tax deductible and directly support those students who might not otherwise have this unique opportunity. Please get in touch if you have questions or are interested in participating or supporting this program! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-542-1746.