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. 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.
Registration Fee: $75
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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 two groups based on skill level: one for beginners and one for those with some prior experience. Each group will have two master sessions in the afternoon led by one of the instructors, and then all participants will come together for a closing session in which solos or duets may be presented in a round-robin fashion by those who wish.
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 and DeeDee Tibbits are both active performers and educators and perennial favorites at Michigan's folk and dulcimer festivals. They both share a love of Appalachian, Celtic and Great Lakes music and are mutual admirers of each others recordings.
You do not have to own an instrument--mountain dulcimers will be available for students to use.