The Haywood County Arts Council will hold registration for new students in the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Canton Middle School. JAM instructors will be on hand to assist beginning students with their choice of instrument. Instruments are available for rental from Strains of Music in Waynesville. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27.
The JAM program is designed for children in fourth grade and older who want to learn old-time mountain music. Students will be taught banjo, fiddle, guitar or mandolin. A string band class is offered to advanced students by instructor referral only. JAM instructors are Barry Benjamin, Michael Pilgrim, Robby Robertson, Travis Stuart, and Trevor Stuart.
All students in Haywood County are eligible. Students in adjoining counties may participate on a space available basis. Lessons are $90 per child for the school year and fees must be paid in advance.