This event is completely free and open to JAM students, as well as other children learning traditional Appalachian music throughout North Carolina and beyond. The JAM Kids Day Camp will start at noon with activities and workshops led by master teaching artists from the region. Students will also have the opportunity to jam with new friends and perform for an audience.
Students will be able to choose three workshop activities, such as North Carolina Banjo Songs (Susan Pepper, Sylva), Jump Right Into Singing and Songwriting (Dusk Weaver, Cherokee), Beginner or Intermediate Fiddle (Kalia Yeagle, Johnson City, Tennessee), Beginner or Intermediate Guitar (Cary Fridley, Asheville), Basics of 3-Finger Banjo (Trajan Wellington, West Jefferson), Mandolin (Liam Purcell, Deep Gap), String Band (Geraud Barralon and Zach Kilmer, Murphy), Playing the Doghouse Bass (Eliot Smith, Boone), and the Art of Performing (Cane Mill Road Band).
Parents are welcome, but not required, to attend with their children, and additional arts/crafts activities will be available for younger siblings. Sign-in begins at 11 a.m. May 13. Children should bring their own musical instrument to participate. The event will occur at the Forsyth Building on the WCU campus.
Participants must pre-register by April 28 at www.jamkids.org/wcu in order to receive a meal at no cost.
Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. offers a variety of learning and performance activities for students, teachers, program directors, and volunteers involved in the 40 after school JAM programs throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.