Junior Appalachian Musicians

Funded in January, 2009: $20000 for 1 years
In response to the program’s success and to address concerns of program quality and consistency, JAM incorporated in Spring 2008 and began development of affiliation standards – including the requirement that teachers participate in at least annual staff development activities. With Dana funding, JAM will implement a needs assessment with the current teachers, explore existing staff development and curricula models pertinent to training teachers of traditional music forms.  Curricula linked with state ‘Standards of Learning will be developed and distributed during two formal professional development workshops for 20-25 JAM teachers as well as for other traditional musicians in the region who would be encouraged to attend but would not be compensated. JAM will create a website to serve as a cyber resource center for teachers with links to relevant music education sites, downloadable curriculum materials (as developed), “Teacher Talk” discussion board and eventually, video clips of effective teachers working with JAM students.