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Young Jammers Scholarship Program – Spring 2017

In 2017, Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music is pleased to offer scholarships to aspiring and deserving young musicians with an interest in “jamming” or improvising. Ten, $300.00 scholarships will be awarded to students studying guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass or violin. Students will be accepted into the program based on the following criteria:

• Students ranging in age from 8-18 may apply to the program by completing the application form with parental consent and an additional recommendation from either a member of Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, a school music teacher or a community musician who agrees that the student will take the program seriously. The recipient agrees that they will whole heartedly participate in the program and learn the fundamentals of music;

• Once selected into the program, participants may choose from teachers at either Arizona Music Pro or the Flagstaff School of Music. The scholarship funds will be deposited into an account in the student’s name and will be managed by the school of choice. Day, time and length of lessons will be decided between the student and music teacher. There is a 3 month limit to complete the lessons provided by the scholarship. Students will keep a log or diary of their involvement, including the date and length of lessons and what is being studied at each lesson;

• At the conclusion of the program, students will submit a one-page summary about their involvement in the program.

Applications are due by March 14, 2017. (We have extended the deadline.) Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by March 20, 2017. Some loaner instruments are available free of charge. Please contact admin@ffotm.org, if you are interested in a loaner, or if you have any questions about the program.



History of the Young Jammers Program

FFOTM members wanted to provide opportunities for the youth of our community to learn to play a musical instrument to enrich their lives, and allow local musicians and FFOTM members to share their passion for music, passing on their joy of traditional music to a new generation.

The program was started by long-time FFOTM members Lloyd Holderman & Christina Boyd in 2004. They held weekly free classes for kids ages 8-18 to get together and jam. Terry Alan & his wife Bonnie Dumdei of Flagstaff School of Music took over in 2012 leading classes and presenting the Young Jammers in public performances. This is the basis of our music education, by putting what the students have learned into practice and sharing it with the community in which they dwell.

In 2013, the JAMMERS had a demonstration workshop & performance at Flagstaff Folk Festival, Pickin’ in the Pines, Heritage Square, Bookman’s and Flagstaff School and Music. They also opened up for IBMA Winner, Claire Lynch & her band and Beppe Gambetta & Peter Ostroushko. In 2014 the Young Jammers hosted monthly free workshops at Bookmans focusing on different instruments with different instructors each month, inviting jammers of all ages for great family jamming events. From 2015 to 2016, John Borham became the new director of the Young Jammers Program. Lessons took place at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, and the Steep Canyon Rangers even took a break from their busy tour to join us for a lesson and performance. In 2017, the program changed into a scholarship program. Busy students could apply for a 3 month scholarship and take lessons with the teacher of their choice at a time that fit into their schedule.

How it works

The FFOTM Young Jammers program provides this opportunity for young people between the ages of 8 and 18 to acquire and learn to play a musical instrument. No experience is necessary. The program provides instruments available on loan for those who need them. Everything is free, and students may apply for scholarships through FFOTM.

The Young Jammers program encourages local citizens who may have old or unused musical stringed instruments (fiddles, banjos, guitars, basses, mandolin, or dulcimers) sitting in their closets or attics to dig them out and donate them. These instruments will be distributed to youth between the ages of 8 and 18 who want to learn to play music and jam.

How You Can Help

Current instrument owners are asked to donate their old or used instruments to the cause of inspiring and nurturing the musical talent of our youth. Instruments in good condition will be picked up. Please email admin@ffotm.org to make arrangements. If an instrument has a unique history or story associated with it, please include a typed copy along with contact name and phone number so we may thank you.

Items we need for our Young Jammers

  1. Instruments – These gifts of love are a large portion of what this program needs most. Guitars, especially the small & parlor sizes, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, dobros, and stand up basses. All instruments are taken care of best with cases. We inventory all our instruments, work with community luthiers for repairs, and set up for those with a desire to learn and play.
  2. Accessories – things such as tuners, metronomes, capos, rosin, chin rests, and so forth help each instrument be at its peak performance.
  3. Curriculum – method books, videos, and sheet music help us educate a whole program.
    We are starting a library for lending out these items.
  4. Strings – often musicians change strings before they wear out their current sets. Please use making tape to label each string, circle them up and mail them to: Attn: FFOTM Young Jammers Flagstaff School of Music 2213 E. 7th Ave. Flagstaff, Az. 86004 Any strings with any life left in them may come in handy.
  5. Monetary gifts – We are grateful for you monetary donations to promote our program, and cover various expenses throughout the year. (Make checks payable to FFOTM.)
  6. Volunteer instructors – we depend heavily on musicians to share their talents and time to nourish the youth in our community. We have a couple ways you can volunteer. Consider hosting a workshop for a specific instrument, or technique. These workshops can happen throughout the year. Join our volunteer team today, and help us keep traditional music alive in Flagstaff!
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