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

Beginners in mountain dulcimer or hammered dulcimer have the option of joining a bootcamp for sessions 1 and 2, or can choose suitable individual classes.

Bootcamps are also available for ukulele, and, new for 2020: tin whistle (penny whistle) and teachers

Bootcamps meet from 9AM - 11:45 AM (during general sessions 1 and 2.) Bootcampers are welcome to join Early Bird and sessions 3 and 4 as well. Teacher's bootcamp is all day (sessions 1-4). 

Mountain Dulcimer Beginner Bootcamp with Laurie Alsobrook

Welcome to the world of the Mountain Dulcimer!  You have chosen to begin the exciting journey of learning how to play this lovely instrument...or perhaps you are dusting off the dulcimer that you have not played in years.  New or almost new to the dulcimer, this is your class!


Goals for the week are for you to be able to play several simple and familiar dulcimer tunes and to come away with basic mountain dulcimer playing skills that will allow you continue to play, expand on what you have learned, and add to your repertoire for the mountain dulcimer.


Come enjoy learning to play the mountain dulcimer in a relaxed and encouraging environment…enjoy the music and enjoy the fellowship with other dulcimer players!

Hammered Dulcimer Beginner Bootcamp with Mary Lynn Michal

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. 

Tin Whistle Bootcamp with Lorinda Jones - new for 2020!

“The smallest, cheapest instrument with the biggest impact in your ensemble.” The class you’ve been dreaming about!  Take that whistle out of your pocket or bag and start playing!  We will start from the beginning (which end goes in your mouth!) and proceed to scales and tunes.  In the boot camp you will have the luxury of taking your time, learning to play the notes by music, or by ear and explore the many ways a whistle can add depth to an ensemble. Whether playing alone, or with others, learn how to adapt melodies, harmonies, drones and variations for the whistle. Some tunes will be presented with optional dulcimer tab so we can practice in an ensemble setting if desired.  Come join the band!!

Ukulele Bootcamp with Danny Shepherd and Butch Ross

No previous musical knowledge necessary. Learn your first song in 3 minutes or less. You’ll learn to hold, tune, play chords - C, F, C7, Am, G, G7, D7, and others. We’ll spend time working on changing chords smoothly, developing good left hand technique, playing musically, learn a variety of useful strum patterns, and play lots of songs. You will also learn to read TAB, play in a simple Hawaiian style, and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Teacher's Bootcamp with Judy House - new for 2020! - all day - sessions 1 through 4

Where Do I Go From Here? (Intermediate and Advanced Levels – Any Folk Instrument)


You’ve taken all the classes, you can play almost anything, and people are always asking you to show them how to play or do something. So, have you thought about taking the next step into the realm of teaching or leading a group?  Perhaps you already do this but have a desire to be better.  If you are curious about how to be an effective teacher with successful students, then this class is waiting for you, no matter what folk instrument you play!


In this week-long comprehensive class, we will cover:

  • The foundations of teaching and learning that all effective teachers know and use

  • The importance of sequential skills and the advantage of organized thoughts

  • How to build up a collection of lessons and materials for success

  • Practice teaching others how you do what you do so well

  • Ideas to promote yourself


This will be a new experience with lots of creativity and fun thrown in. You may want to bring your laptop or tablet along! 

Hope to see you there!

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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