Henderson JAM Start-up will be postponed to Tuesday, November 15. If you haven’t registered your child you can still do so.(just ignore the start dates)
We must have the registration form in by Thursday November 10 IN ORDER FOR YOUR CHILD TO BE TRANSPORTED BY A DISTRICT 3 BUS TO THE HENDERSON.
You can download and fill out the forms ahead of time by clicking on this link: jam-packet
Fill the packet out and return it to the respective school or The Henderson.
The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts is now a JAM affiliate in conjunction with The Crooked Road. Our first introductory class involving parents and potential students was January 12, 2016 and was met with an overwhelming response. We follow the Smyth County School System, therefore if there is no school on a JAM Tuesday, there is no JAM class either. There will be NO JAM CLASS ON ELECTION TUESDAY, as we are a voting site this year.
We are expanding our JAM program to Saltville and Rich Valley Students. Saltville students will be offered guitar onlyThursday’s as part of an after school grant initiative. Rich Valley students will be able to take guitar, fiddle or banjo with Jim Lloyd on Mondays after school.
In an effort to make JAM more accessible to Rich Valley students, we offer a weekly JAM classes with Jim Lloyd. Jim will instruct guitar, fiddle and banjo. Classes will begin as part of an afterschool initiative for Rich Valley Elementary, and will begin the last Monday in October: October 24 from 4-5pm. There will be an activities bus available at 5:30 starting the second week in November that can take the kids to Saltville for easier pickup. They will meet throughout the school year for a total of 20 classes. Your child is welcome to attend our traditional JAM program offered on Tuesday’s at The Henderson in Marion, but you will be responsible for transportation to The Henderson. It is on Tuesday’s from 4-6pm in Marion. You can download these forms and learn about payment options below.
For our Rich Valley program, please download our jam-packet-rich-valley and return it to the school or The HENDERSON.
Classes will begin as part of an afterschool initiative for Saltville Elementary, and are offered the last Thursday in October: October 27. They will meet throughout the school year for a total of 20 classes. If your child is not part of the afterschool program but would like to participate in JAM, they may attend our traditional JAM program offered on Tuesday’s at The Henderson in Marion. If they attend our traditional JAM on Tuesday’s, you will be responsible for transportation to The Henderson. To download these forms click here jam-packet-saltville and return it to the school or The HENDERSON.
• Fostering Local Music and Dance Traditions
• Community Involvement
The main objective of The Henderson is to promote involvement and strategic partnerships with community leaders in education, traditional arts, youth services and business/tourism. Our Steering Committee is comprised of a talented eclectic mix of individuals that share our mission of preserving, promoting, and presenting our Appalachian heritage through music, arts and crafts.
• Positive and accessible learning environments
We provide excellence in instruction, efficient administration and encourage personal commitment, good character and improved self-esteem. Our accessible learning environment is affordable to all (fee based on sliding scale and/or with ample scholarships) and we are located in historic Downtown Marion which will minimize transportation issues for our targeted population.
We are handicapped accessible for all classrooms and the auditorium. We will provide loan or low cost rentals of instruments (and instrument care/maintenance). Our 75 seat auditorium allows students to perform and experience performances from visiting musicians and allow us to provide experience in recording and stage preparation. This auditorium also allows us the potential to raise funds through performances and to orchestrate interesting collaborations with other organizations.
The Henderson is dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional Appalachian arts and crafts and will honor JAM’s mission by establishing this invaluable resource for the youth of Smyth County. Henderson JAM will provide a centrally located, safe, positive, accessible learning environment for Smyth County students.
We will begin our JAM with instruction in guitar, banjo, or fiddle. If you are interested in participating in our program, please contact us, and sign up for our newsletter which will keep you informed as we progress weekly toward the expansion of all our programs.
to find out more about JAM and our region, please visit the JAM kids.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in our JAM program, please download our jam-packet Fill the packet out and return it to the Henderson School!
We have also started a new Saltville JAM program, please download our jam-packet-saltville here and return it to The HENDERSON.
And for our Rich Valley program, please download our jam-packet-rich-valley
Interested in becoming a JAM instructor? Download, fill out, and return the Application for Employment.