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PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music

P.O. Box 28534
Raleigh , NC , 27611
Phone: (919) 664-8333
35° 46' 19.5456" N, 78° 38' 19.014" W
Contact name: 
Jamie Katz Court
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PineCone is a year-round source for roots music fans in the Triangle region of North Carolina, a state with deep roots in the tradition of making music. North Carolina is home to some of the finest singers, songwriters, musicians, and luthiers in the world. Ballad singing, blues, bluegrass, gospel, and old-time string band music are just some examples of the folk music traditions passed down through generations that remain prominent in our communities today. Founded in 1984, PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, is a non-profit organization that presents more than 200 programs annually, including more than 30 concerts, youth programs, participatory jams and sessions, and a weekly radio show. Since 2013, PineCone has also been the producer of IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC (formerly Wide Open Bluegrass), the festival component of the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass.

PineCone’s Bluegrass Camp and Jam Camp both resume in-person this summer, with limited class sizes and safety protocols in place. These camps build and develop musical skills while encouraging confidence, creativity, and collaboration. New for this year is a full-day option for the June camps, open to ages 8-16! The morning sessions will be broken out by instrument (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo) for students to learn techniques and tips for playing their instruments in the bluegrass style. In the afternoon, students will be divided into different mixed instrument groups to be introduced to bluegrass jamming techniques. Afternoon groups will be divided by age and skill level. Groups will be consistent throughout the week.

Jam Camp is a full-day camp for intermediate level students and above, ages 10-17. This camp is open to fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass players. Lynda Dawson, Charles Pattie, Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw, and Hank Smith return to teach this year’s students.

Scholarships are available; applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please contact us for more information.


Bluegrass camps (ages 8-16) & Bluegrass jam camp (ages 10-17), facilitated youth bluegrass workshops & jams (ages 18 and younger)

Organization learning resources

Title Description Cost
Jam Survival Skills Workshop

In this online workshop designed for youth musicians, dynamic duo Sam Stage & Jef Walter will walk participants through how to survive your first jam!

Jam Survival Skill: Staying Alive at Your First Jam

Taking that first step isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Going to a real jam can seem like a far cry from learning tunes in your bedroom, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But never fear, Sam and Jef are here! With these simple tools and tricks, you’ll be fully armed and ready to go as soon as your local jam is safely up and running again.

Jam Survival Skill: Sounding Like a Pro on a Song You’ve Never Heard

Whether you’re a veteran improviser or a newcomer to the land of jamming, it’s always a little scary when someone calls a song you don’t know... Until now! Hone your ears and fingers for maximum adaptability and learn how to pick up songs on the spot with Sam and Jef in this intermediate workshop. With enough practice, you’ll hear the chords coming from miles away.

Late Elementary School
Middle School
High School