Caldwell JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) is a program of the Caldwell Arts Council teaching students age 7-17 to play guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle with a heavy emphasis on playing traditional and bluegrass music by ear. The classes are taught by some of the region’s most talented artists, many of whom grew up playing old-time or bluegrass. Students also learn about the history of the music, take field trips to music venues, and spend time with musical elders from the community.

Caldwell JAM classes will begin again in October and run through May, and classes are held weekly.

For more information, please contact Launi Higgs at the Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486,,  or visit  For more information about the overall JAM program, visit

This Caldwell Arts Council project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts and a grant from the Unifour Foundation.