Jim Miller

Jim Miller


Hampton, Tennessee - Master of the Jam

Jim joins our Dulcimer U staff every summer to lead the organized jams and teach various electives. He is the true perennial of the staff, having been on staff for as long as anyone cares to remember.

Jim has been playing and performing traditional music for more than 35 years. An accomplished instrument builder and teacher, he has taught workshops at numerous festivals as well as won many awards for his musicianship.

For twenty years, Jim was the owner of the Hampton Music Shop, in Hampton, Tennessee, where he handcrafted over 750 hammered dulcimers. He has played with Celtic, Bluegrass, Swing, Blues and Old Time bands, and has done session work on many recordings.

In addition to being an accomplished performer and workshop leader, Jim also is an enthusiastic jam facilitator (Jam-Meister, Master of the Jam, etc.) who likes to get everyone involved. He plays guitar, banjo, octave mandolin, bass, steel drum, percussion, autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimers as well as his own off-the-wall musical inventions, which are always entertaining.

Jim holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education and has completed the course work for certification in music education. He recently retired from teaching 4th grade in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, where he was also leading an after school traditional string band program. He is still active as a teacher at East Tennessee State University, teaching dulcimer and autoharp in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program.
Visit Jim's website at www.jimmillerdulcimer.com

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