Horizontal TabsDescription The mountain dulcimer is a simple 3 or 4-stringed instrument with a unique fretboard that is easy for the novice to begin playing songs with just one lesson, and fun for all levels to explore its many possibilities. Meet new people, learn a new instrument, or reconnect with your dulcimer in this one-day workshop. Saturday, June 4, 2016 Registration Fee: $85 (includes hosted lunch) *K-12 Educators: 4 SCECH clock hours may be earned by attending this workshop Register Here The mountain dulcimer is a simple 3 or 4-stringed instrument with a unique fretboard that is easy for the novice to successfully begin playing songs with just one lesson, and fun for all levels of musicians to explore its many possibilities. Considered an American folk instrument, the mountain dulcimer is associated with the southern Appalachian mountains and is related to some European instruments from Medieval times. Participants in this immersive program will be treated to a close-up concert presented by the instructors and will then break into three groups based on skill level: Beginner, Basic II, or Intermediate. The Beginner level is for those with little to no prior experience. Basic II is for those with some experience, who should be able to tune their dulcimer and play a few songs. Intermediate is for the player who is ready to explore different tunings and strumming techniques, and has some experience with chording and making harmonies on one string or more. Each group will have three master sessions, led by each of the instructors. Then all participants will come together for a Duets session where each of the instructors will teach a duet and small ensembles will form to practice playing them. The closing session will be an opportunity for those who wish to present duets or solos in a round-robin fashion. You do not have to own an instrument--mountain dulcimers will be available for students to use. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people, to learn a new instrument or to reconnect with your dulcimer if you've been neglecting yours, and to play music with others. Instructors Wanda Degen, DeeDee Tibbits and Stephen Seifert are active performers and educators and perennial favorites at many folk and dulcimer festivals around Michigan and around the country. They share a love of Appalachian, Celtic and Folk music, and are enthusiastic in sharing what they’ve learned. A limited number of mountain dulcimers will be available for students to use. Faculty Wanda Degen Instructor of Music, Interlochen College of Creative Arts DeeDee Tibbits Instructor of Music, Interlochen College for Creative Arts Stephen Seifert Instructor of Music, Interlochen College of Creative Arts Schedule Supplies Be sure to bring a notebook, writing utensil and mountain dulcimer if you have one. We will have a limited number of dulcimers available for use by those that do not own one.