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Published 1:38 pm Monday, January 13, 2020

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TFAC’s Appalachian Musician Program is not just for kids! 

When was the last time you or your children made music with friends?

Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians (PacJAM) at Tryon Fine Arts Center helps adults of all ages, and children ages 6 and up, to learn the skills needed to JAM. It’s old-time and bluegrass classes for youth from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning January 15. Adult classes and jams will be on Wednesdays as well from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., are making an important local impact in people’s ability to learn and share music together. 

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PacJAM’s youth curriculum is based in learning Appalachian culture through Old Time and Bluegrass. Students enjoy group instrument classes, singing, and enrichment concerts where the best local musicians share performances and stories. Adult students also get invited to the enrichment concerts as well as have a great time with the experienced teachers learning to feel comfortable in joining together in music.

Adults and youth alike choose from ukulele, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, both clawhammer and 3-fingered banjo styles. Youth study Old Time and Bluegrass simultaneously; adults choose between beginner instruction and jams in the old-time style, or for those comfortable with their chords – advanced bluegrass jam. 

Tell your retired neighbor, discuss it with your book club friends, and mention it to the teenagers and youth in your life… great music is being learned in Tryon on Wednesday nights, and everyone is invited to join in. 

For more information, visit or call TFAC at 828-859-8322. 


Submitted by Marianne Carruth