Want a kick-start? Try a bootcamp! (optional) 

Beginners have the option of joining a bootcamp (or choose suitable individual classes during sessions 1 and 2).

Bootcamps meet from 9AM - 11:45 AM (during general sessions 1 and 2.)

You're also welcome to join Early Bird and sessions 3 and 4. 

Pennywhistle Bootcamp with Lorinda Jones - new for 2020!


Ukulele Bootcamp with Danny Shepherd and Butch Ross


Beginner Hammered Dulcimer with Mary Lynn van Deventer

This class is designed to launch your playing! We will start from the very beginning and cover everything you need to know as a new player. Nothing is too basic to ask. We will cover hammers, tuning, hammering technique, a review of systems of hammering, various ways to playing scales and arpeggios, "mapping" the instrument to reveal the many patterns that are so integral to playing, an introduction to and application of chord theory, an introduction to backup, an overview of arranging techniques such as two- and three-note chords, valley rolls and arpeggio fills. We will use a few simple tunes to introduce and apply the concepts. Musicality and phrasing will be emphasized. 

Beginner Mountain Dulcimer with Laurie Alsobrook


Teachers' Track with Judy House


Things to Bring

  • Your instrument

  • A music stand

  • A strap if you use one

  • A tuner

  • Two or three picks (at least one) [Mountain Dulcimer]

  • Hammers [Hammered Dulcimer]

  • A pencil

  • A small notebook if you want

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