My Story

When I was in college, I studied math and physics as an undergraduate, and for many years at Warren Wilson, I taught in the math department. At college, though, I was also learning to play the banjo, and following graduation, I spent the next ten years on the road as a musician, dancer, and dance caller. During that time, and over the last forty years, I have had the opportunity to perform, call dances, and teach at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and abroad. I now enjoy sharing my love of traditional music and dance with students at Warren Wilson as a member of the music department. For many years, I have been active in the field of Appalachian Studies, mostly researching and writing about traditional dance. My book, Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (2015), tells the stories behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia.

Phil Jamison Flatfoot Dancing
Phil Jamison


  • B.A. in Physics, Hamilton College
  • M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Western Carolina University
  • M.A. in Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University

Research Interests

Courses Taught

  • MUS 1550: Flatfooting and Clogging
  • MUS 1800: Appalachian Ballads and Folksongs
  • MUS 2570: Old-Time Stringband

Crews and Other Activities

  • Host of the weekly lunchtime music jam session and other traditional music and dance events on campus throughout the year

Contact Professor Jamison

(828) 771-3722
Spidel 204
WWC CPO 6211

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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