Last year, my oldest daughter enrolled as a banjo student in an after-school program, Junior Appalachian Musicians. Another daughter enrolled this year as a fiddle student.
The program allows students the opportunity to learn traditional instruments, including banjo, guitar and fiddle. Classes are offered Wednesdays at Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Instruments are available to rent.
I became concerned as the year began when I noticed fewer students than last. We need programs like JAM in our community. I encourage Buncombe County families to learn more about JAM and to consider supporting the program, whether it’s by enrolling a student or by donating. It has provided our children the opportunity to learn from incredible instructors, and it has given us the opportunity to further introduce our children to traditional Appalachian culture.
— Stephany Davis