JAMM is a tuition free music program, which helps youth develop focus, self-control, leadership skills, and teamwork through ensemble. Students experience success through community performance and daily practice, and understand that effort and persistence help them overcome life’s challenges.
The In-School Program:
JAMM schools provide 1.5 hrs/wk of violin instruction as a school readiness program to all kindergartners and Grade 1 students to ensure that all children have access to the lifelong benefits that music provides. JAMM pairs a certified school teacher with a community artist to build a safe, structured and creative environment for students. Teachers also learn from one another, can be more collaborative and reflective of their lesson delivery, and model teamwork for their students.
The After-School Program:
In Grades 2 – 5, JAMM offers an optional, after school exploratory program, that includes sessions such as orchestra/chamber group and string sectionals, music technology, movement, recorders, songwriting, choir, ukulele, music literacy and/or Tlingit dance and drumming. JAMM helps students value creativity and the passion and precision central to music and other life pursuits.
JAMM continues to support alumni in middle and high school. At Dzantikʼi Héen Middle School, JAMM funds an after school Mariachi Ensemble for winds, strings and voice. At Floyd Dryden Middle School, all music students are invited to participate in a Middle School Music Mentors program that provides coaching and activities for elementary musicians. At the high school level, JAMM pays high school musicians to coach elementary musicians at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanax̱ Glacier Valley and Kax̱dig̱oowu Héen elementary schools. All secondary students may also apply for a private lesson scholarship.