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Both Hammered Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer


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Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Newark, Ohio.

Steven K Smith is a dulcimer player and teacher based in Newark Ohio, which is about 40 miles east of Columbus. He's been playing since 1983, and teaches private students one night a week in a local music studio. Steve is also available for workshops in the region, at festivals and for club meetings or house concerts. He is a regular workshop leader at the Fort New Salem dulcimer festival, in Salem West Virginia, the Central OH Folk Festival in Columbus OH, the South East OH Dulcimer Festival in Stewart (near Athens) OH, and the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival in Ashley OH. He has also taught occasionally at the Mountain Dulcimer Player's Workshop at Western Carolina University, and at the Great Black Swamp Dulcimer Festival, formerly held in Lima OH. He has four published CDs, and four books of dulcimer tablature, and is a regular performer at the Ohio Renaissance Festival.

Steven K. Smith

Stephen K. Smith

Steven K. Smith's Website

E-Mail Steven
429 Park Avenue
Newark, Ohio USA 43055

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from the Akron/Canton, Ohio, area.

Private dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, guitar, autoharp lessons.

Clayton E. Samels

E-Mail Clayton
Or contact Patrick Brooks
at Heritage Music Store
Phone: 330.882.PLAY

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from the Okeana, Ohio, area.

John has been playing the mountain dulcimer since his introduction to the instrument in May of 1999. He has performed in various venues in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and West Virginia and has taught dulcimer workshops in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia. He is the author of three tab books entitled, The Mountain Dulcimer Plays Patsy Cline, The Mountain Dulcimer Plays Hank Williams and "New" Old Hymns and has released a CD, entitled "It's About Time". For details on these visit John's Website.

John Sackenheim

John Sackenheim

E-Mail John P O Box 220
Okeana, Ohio 45053
John's Website

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from the Waverly, Ohio, area.

Gary teaches mountain dulcimer-DAd, DAA and DGd tunings at his store on the first and third Monday evenings of each month. Alternate times can be arranged. $10 per 45 minute lesson.

Prussia Valley Acoustic Music Shop

14532B, U.S. Rt. 23
Waverly, Ohio 45690
E-Mail Gary Sager
Phone: 740.941.1271

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Norton, Ohio.


Phone: 330.825.9475
Best times to reach Vici: 1 pm to 10 pm
Teaching location: University of Akron, Portage Lakes Career Center, students home, my place.
Teaching times by appointment.
Instruction: Group, semi-private or private lessons, contact for rates.
Founding member/gig getter-agent/advertising manager, etc., for "Mixed-Up Strings" of Summit County, Ohio.

Vici Gombaski

Vici Gombaski

E-Mail Vici
Vici's Website
Teacher Web Site
Norton, Ohio

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mark teaches mountain dulcimer, guitar, and banjo in his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Visit Mark's Website!

Mark Tindle

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Phone: 918.744.8073 evenings
E-Mail Mark

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher/Performer
from Jacksonville, Oregon.

Mark Nelson's mastery of the Appalachian dulcimer, `ukulele and guitar wows audiences from coast to coast. His numerous recordings, books and instructional videos have redefined what these instruments are capable of - in his hands, they become instruments of uncommon expressive power.

In the early 1970's Mark was one of a handful of free-spirited musicians who created a whole new vocabulary for the Appalachian dulcimer. He created a driving flatpicking style, playing the dulcimer with a force and passion seldom heard before. This led to a first place win at the National Mountain Dulcimer Championships in Winfield, Kansas in 1979, appearances at festivals, colleges and coffeehouses across North America and Europe, and a recording career spanning over 20 years.

Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson

P. O. Box 967
Jacksonville, OR 97530
Mark's Website
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E-Mail Mark
Phone: 541.899.8656 vox

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher/Performer
from Yreka, California (near Oregon).

Dan Daniels, owner of New Traditions Dulcimer Company in Yreka, California, is not only known as a teacher of mountain dulcimer, mountain banjo and guitar, but is also known as a local church pastor, and a performer of Old Time Music. Dan's performances have taken him from the West Coast to the East and back again. Dan is also known as a recording artist, radio personality and voice over talent.

Private lessons are available for all ages focusing upon the beginner to intermediate student.

Dan Daniels

Dan Daniels

E-Mail Dan
Phone: 530.340.0194

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Colton, Oregon.

Mountain dulcimer teacher since 2002, Sally moved to Oregon from Ohio and couldn't find any dulcimer players so began teaching in Colton! Sally taught in Ohio for 5 years at the school and YMCA. She currently teaches in a music shop in Portland, and in 4 adult ed programs through the schools in Clackamas County. She has over 40 students right now and has started a group (all former students) that performs.

Private lessons are available at Artichoke Music, 3133 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, or in her Colton home. Lessons are also available through the community school programs in Canby, Sandy, Estacada or Molalla, Oregon. Sally teaches DAd tuning, using folk, old time and Gospel music.

Sally S. Smith

Teacher Sally Smith photo

25208 S Elwood
Colton, Oregon 97017
Phone: 503.824.2520
E-Mail Sally

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Boring, Oregon.

Missy teaches mountain dulcimer in her home in Boring, Oregon.

Missy Scott

Boring, Oregon
Phone: 503.381.0143 evenings
E-Mail Missy

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Schellsburg, Pennsylvania.

Judy has played mountain dulcimer for nearly 20 years.

Judy Myres

Schellsburg, Pennsylvania
Phone: 814.733.4127
E-Mail Judy

Dulcimer Teacher
from Laporte, Pennsylvania.

Donna teaches hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, piano, psaltery.

Donna Missigman

Donna Missigman

Laporte, Pennsylvania
Phone: 570.946.7841
E-Mail Donna
Visit Donna's Website!

Dulcimer Teacher
from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Jill teaches Hammer Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp.

Jill Smith

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Phone: 717.392.7509
E-Mail Jill

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Abington, Pennsylvania.

Marti Rogers

Abington, Pennsylvania
E-Mail Marti
Visit Marti's Website!

Dulcimer Teacher
from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dorothy has been teaching for 20 years.

Dorothy Buchanan

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Phone: 412.371.7828
E-Mail Dorothy

Hammer Dulcimer Teacher
from Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

Saverio Minicucci

Hatboro, Pennsylvania
Phone: 215.672.0783
E-Mail Saverio

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Homestead (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania.

I am good at teaching basic playing in DAA (Ionian only).

Phil Clark

Phil Clark

Homestead (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania
Phone: 412.464.0198
E-Mail Phil
Visit Phil's Website!

Hammer Dulcimer Teacher
from Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

I teach Hammered Dulcimer and Folk Guitar.

Cliff Cole

Cliff Cole

Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Phone: 610.233.4874 days or 215.453.1722 evenings
E-Mail Cliff
Visit Cliff's Website!

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Bedford, Pennsylvania.

I have been playing/performing for about 27 years and have taught several students in that time. My instruction is tailored to the student.

Chuck Miller

Bedford, Pennsylvania
Phone: 839.0105 evenings
E-Mail Chuck

Dulcimer Teacher
from Brookhaven, Pennsylvania.

I teach mountain dulcimer and banjo. I am in Delaware County which means I am very close to Northern Delaware (just off I-95 and not far from US rte 1). I have been teaching BEGINNERS the joys of various instruments for a few years. This is a great instrument and is easy to learn with just a few lessons.

Janice Hamilton

Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Phone: 610.872.5377 evenings
E-Mail Janice

Hammer Dulcimer Teacher and Performer
from York, South Carolina.

Susan has been invited to teach and perform at numerous festivals including the Cork Dulcimer Festival in Cork City, Ireland, Swannanoa Gathering, NC, South West Dulcimer Festival, AZ, Bay Path Dulcimer Festival, MA, Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering, NY, and the Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival, NC. She is also very active the local music community where she performs, teaches lessons, conducts workshops and is the founder of the Yorkville Music Weekend in her hometown of York, SC.

Susan's most recent recording, "Under the Winter Moon", was released June 2004 and features traditional seasonal, Christmas, and Jewish tunes. Her debut recording, "Wateree", was released June 2001 and features traditional American, international folk and original tunes. Her playing has been described as creative, expressive, versatile and   ". . . so purely beautiful it will give you chills." Kerry Coates, Gila Mountain Dulcimers.

"Susan has joined the ranks of the true virtuosos of her chosen instrument, performing and teaching at festivals across the United States and Ireland and recording two of her own highly acclaimed CDs, "Wateree" and "Under the Winter Moon."" - YC Magazine

"All in all, anyone interested in any form of acoustic music will be hard pressed to find a better mix of songs... " - The Inside Connection

"Under The Winter Moon features Susan Vinson Sherlock's exquisite hammered dulcimer playing combined with sterling ensemble support… The theme is winter and the mood is deliciously somber with a kind of introspective solemnity that befits the season. Of course that's only until you hear the first sprightly dance tune that changes the mood to furiously festive." - Dulcimer Players News Magazine

Susan Vinson Sherlock

Susan Vinson Sherlock, hammer dulcimer teacher

Susan Vinson Sherlock's Website
P O Box 1281
York, South Carolina 29745
Phone: 803.628.0543
E-Mail Susan
Check out Yorkville Music Weekend!

Mountain Dulcimer Performer
from Nashville, Tennessee.

1999 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion

Whether playing a fiddle tune at lightning speed, or coaxing the depth of emotion from a tragic ballad, Lee Rowe is introducing new audiences to the plaintive sound of the mountain dulcimer.

Lee began playing the dulcimer while still a teenager in Portsmouth, Virginia. Being isolated from the dulcimer community, he developed his own unique style by borrowing techniques from other instruments such as guitar and mandolin. He began performing and writing as part of an acoustic rock duet called Bonaparte's Revenge which gained prominence performing at local venues in Richmond, Virginia. Their self-titled album of original instrumentals, released in 1994, featured Lee's dazzling style, which combines complex crosspicking with the instrument's rhythmic drone.

Lee is increasingly in demand as a teacher, conducting seminars at workshops and festivals from North Carolina to Texas, teaching students one on one, and as Adjunct Instructor of Mountain Dulcimer at Nashville State Technical Institute. Wherever he plays, Lee's performances are marked by his warm humor as much as his virtuosity.

Lee Rowe

Larry Conger

Lee Rowe's Website
409 Leisure Lane
Antioch, Tennessee 37013
Phone: 615.731.8001
E-Mail Lee

Mountain Dulcimer Performer
from Nashville, Tennessee.

Stephen Seifert has been a frequent teacher and performer at various festivals including Augusta, Swannanoa, Stringalong, Boone/Cullowhee, Kentucky Music Week, and more.

He received world-wide radio play as Dulcimer Soloist on the Nashville Chamber Orchestra's Warner Classical release, "Conversations in Silence".

He was a featured performer at The American Music Festival in Tono, Japan, 2001.

He served as Adjunct Instructor of Mountain Dulcimer with David Schnaufer and Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music from January of 1997 to May of 2001.

Stephen Seifert

Stephen Seifert

Stephen Seifert's Website
1260 Old Charlotte Pike
Pegram, Tennessee 37143
Phone: 615.353.8230
Toll-Free: 866.397.6408
E-Mail Stephen

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Paris, Tennessee.

   Larry Conger is the 1998 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion. His expressive style of dulcimer playing has won him the admiration of listeners all over the country. Larry operates a private music studio in Paris, Tennessee teaching piano and guitar as well as mountain dulcimer. He is also active as a participating artist for the Tennessee Arts Commission's "Arts In Education" program and the Kentucky Arts Council's "Teacher Incentive Program," presenting dulcimer programs in the public schools. Larry currently has seven dulcimer books to his credit along with several recordings. His repertoire varies from Celtic to Christian and Classical to Contemporary. He is in demand as an instructor/performer at dulcimer festivals and workshops across the country. Besides teaching private music lessons, Larry also offers a "Tune of the Month" for mountain dulcimer ... a subscription based "Listen & Learn" CD series mailed monthly and designed to teach tunes, techniques and concepts when no instructor is available.

Larry Conger

David and Cheryl Turner

Larry Conger's Website
PO Box 131
Paris, Tennessee 38242-0131
Phone: 731.644.3110
E-Mail Larry Conger

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Moscow, Tennessee.

LEE CAGLE has been playing mountain dulcimer since 1988 and teaching since 2000.   In addition to performing in various venues in the Memphis/North Mississippi area, Lee teaches dulcimer and bowed psaltery.  Group classes are held regularly, and individual lessons are available on request.

Lee is the author of Blue Smoke Risin' on the Mountain -- a beginner's guide to the mountain dulcimer and also produces instructional CDs and arrangements for the mountain dulcimer for easy learning at home.  Her CD, The Water is Wide, is a compilation of traditional tunes and is a benefit project for The Church Health Center.  The Water is Wide songbook provides mountain dulcimer tablature for all of the songs on the CD.

Lee is the co-founder and president of The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering, Inc., a 501(c)(3) federal non-profit corporation dedicated to educating the public about dulcimer and folk music through workshops, lectures, performances and an annual festival.

Lee Cagle

Larry Conger

Lee's Website
P.O. Box 224
Moscow, Tennessee 38057
Phone: 901.877.7763
E-Mail Lee

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Joe teaches mountain dulcimer and sitar in his home or yours. He teaches by traditional folk method and how to play by ear.

Joe Ridolfo

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Phone: 706.820.0275
E-Mail Joe Ridolfo

Mountain Dulcimer Teachers/Performers
from Texas.

   David is a classically trained musician, who has performed in several symphonic band, orchestral, and jazz groups. David also teaches mountain dulcimer and beginning Clawhammer Banjo at festivals.
   Cheryl is a classically trained musician, who has performed in several symphonic band and orchestral groups. She also teaches both mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, and has taught at several large music festivals in Texas, in addition to private and group lessons.
   Mike, another member of their band, Time Was, is also the main caller at square dances, and teaches dances common to the 1800's time period. Mike also teaches a rhythm toys workshop at festivals.

David & Cheryl Turner

David and Cheryl Turner

David & Cheryl Turner's Website
E-Mail David and Cheryl

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher/Performer
from Texas.
2005 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion

When Sue Carpenter first played a mountain dulcimer in 1981 she was immediately captivated by its simplicity and challenged by its fingerpicking possibilities. As a teacher, Sue is well known for her challenging, highly organized and intensive methods, nurturing patience, and energetic enthusiasm which makes learning fun. She has performed and taught at many dulcimer festivals from Maine to California. Originally from Quakertown, PA, Sue is now living in Texas, outside of Dallas.

Sue wrote and published "Patterns and Patchwork", a fingerpicking instruction book, and "Heliotrope Bouquet Tune Book", a companion tab book for her "Heliotrope Bouquet" CD. She is also a featured artist on "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer", Volume I.

Sue Carpenter

Sue Carpenter

E-Mail Sue Carpenter
Sue's Website.

Learn By Mail!
Mountain Dulcimer or Hammer Dulcimer

Peggy Carter is using tape recordings exchanged by mail to help new players and advancing players learn the basics of playing music, work on technique and style, and learn to arrange for Mountain Dulcimer and Hammer Dulcimer.

If you're interested in learning more about this type of instruction, please e-mail Peggy and she will send you the details. You can proceed at your own speed, its cheaper than private lessons, and every lesson is customized for your own learning style and ability level.

She doesn't promise that you don't have to practice, but your practice time will be more efficient because you can play the lesson over again to guide your practice. Its a concept that is working for a bunch of players.

If this sounds interesting, e-mail Peggy and she will let you in on the details.

Peggy Carter

Peggy Carter

E-Mail Peggy Carter
Peggy's Website

Mountain and Hammer Dulcimer Teacher
from Tyler, Texas.

Johnny teaches both hammered and mountain dulcimer in Tyler, Texas. Tyler is about half way between Dallas, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana. In the spring and fall he offers a six week beginning mountain dulcimer class and he teaches privately throughout the year. He is also available to teach workshops for clubs or at festivals. Teaching children and older adults are two of his favorite areas.

Johnny Ray

Johnny Ray

E-Mail Johnny Ray
18079 CR 416
Tyler, Texas 75704
Phone:  903.597.0543

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher/Performer
from Austin, Texas.

   Mark Gilston has been performing traditional folk music for over thirty years. His vast repertoire encompasses songs and instrumentals from North America and most of Europe, particularly the British Isles, Scandinavia, and the Balkans. His performances are laced with humor and a wide base of eclectic knowledge. Mark, an award-winning mountain dulcimer player (first place, 2004 Oklahoma State Mountain Dulcimer Championship), also plays concertina, guitar, banjo, Bulgarian bagpipes, pennywhistle, ocarina, tambura, and others.

He has given concerts at numerous colleges, clubs and coffee houses throughout the United States as well as England and Canada and has been a featured performer and workshop leader for various folk music societies including the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club and the Folk Song Society of Greater Washington as well as groups abroad. He is currently performing music and living in Austin, Texas.

Mark Gilston

Mark Gilston

Mark Gilston's Website
E-Mail Mark

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Peter teaches out of his home in Rose Park. He teaches Mountain Dulcimer, Banjo, Guitar, Violin/Fiddle, Viola, and Mandolin.

Peter Danzig

Salt Lake City, Utah
Phone: 801.606.9238 evenings
E-Mail Peter Danzig

Hammered Dulcimer Performer and Teacher
in Northern Virginia.

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Jody grew up in a musical family.  Enchanted by the sound and visual appeal of the hammered dulcimer, she developed a passion for the instrument.  She has been performing and teaching dulcimer since 1988 and was a founding member of the popular folk trio, Ironweed.  Jody currently performs with the award-winning Celtic bands, MoonFire and Connemara.  Her debut solo album, "Cottage in the Glen", was released by the Maggie's Music label in Spring 2005.

The Washington Post has described Jody's music as "deftly balancing the artful and the playful.....lovely, lively, and shimmering."  She has been nominated as best folk instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association.  Her performance credits include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the Kennedy Center, and the White House.  As an instructor of the dulcimer, she is known for her clear and easy to follow teaching style.  In addition to private lessons, she teaches frequently at festivals and workshops, including the Augusta Heritage Arts workshops in Elkins, West Virginia; the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and the Northeast Dulcimer Symposium in New York's Adirondack Mountains.

Jody Marshall

Jody Marshall photo

Jody's Website
E-Mail Jody

Hammered Dulcimer Performer and Teacher
in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Martha teaches music, through individual lessons on piano or hammered dulcimer, to children and adults, in her home studio. On the hammered dulcimer, she is a frequent soloist for weddings, receptions, art gallery openings and other special events.

Martha Giles

Ralph Lee Smith

Martha Giles' Website
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Mountain Dulcimer Performer and Teacher
from Reston, Virginia.

Ralph Lee Smith plays traditional music on the Appalachian dulcimer, and is widely regarded as the foremost authority on the dulcimer's history and its music. In addition, he makes people fall in love with the instrument!

Ralph has given performances/demonstrations at the White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the Mountain Heritage Center, and colleges, folk festivals, civic groups, and historic sites and re-enactments.

For many years, Ralph taught courses in Mountain Dulcimer Traditions at Mountain Dulcimer Week at Appalachian State University and at its successor location, Western Carolina University. Ralph is available for performances and demonstrations, and for group and individual lessons.

Ralph Lee Smith

Ralph Lee Smith

Ralph Lee Smith's Website
E-Mail Ralph
1662 Chimney House Road
Reston, Virginia 20190
Phone: 703.435.7420

Mountain and Hammer Dulcimer Teacher
from Cana, Virginia.

After operating Meadows Music in Meadows of Dan, Virginia, for many years, Jeff has moved his teaching and building endeavors to his home address.

Jeff Sebens

Cana, Virginia
Phone: 276.755.3808
E-Mail Jeff Sebens
Jeff's Website

Hammer Dulcimer Teacher
from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Bob hasover 30 years of playing and 28 years teaching experience on hammer dulcimer and am working on his fifth recording.

Bob Clark

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Phone: 757.664.4119
E-Mail Bob Clark
Bob's Website

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Will teach beginner, intermediate or advanced.

Judy Larrabee

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Phone: 540.898.3657
E-Mail Judy Larrabee

Hammer Dulcimer Teacher
from Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Rental unit may be available.

Judith Whitfield

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Phone: 540.752.0453
E-Mail Judith Whitfield

Mountain Dulcimer, Hammer Dulcimer, Guitar, and Autoharp Teacher
from Annandale, Virginia.

Seven-Week Group classes offered in Spring and Fall. Individual lessons most anytime. Dulcimer construction classes offered at Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins, West Virginia.

Keith Young

Annandale, Virginia
Phone: 703.941.1071
E-Mail Keith Young
Keith's Website

Hammer Dulcimer Teacher
from McLean, Virginia.

Jody teaches both private and group lessons. Group lessons occur every spring and fall for seven weeks. See Jody's website for details.

Jody Marshall

McLean, Virginia
Phone: 703.917.4225
E-Mail Jody Marshall
Jody's Website

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Ewing (Cumberland Gap), Virginia.

Terry has been playing and teaching dulcimer for 30+ years.

Terry Lewis

Ewing (Cumberland Gap), Virginia
Phone: 276.860.2925
E-Mail Terry Lewis
Terry's Website

Hammer Dulcimer Teacher
from Newport News, Virginia.

All styles of music. Students are encouraged to learn various tunes including everying from "pop" to "classical", and from "traditional" to "Celtic".

Ann Robinson

Newport News, Virginia
Phone: 757.881.9446
E-Mail Ann Robinson

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Amherst, Virginia.

James has been teaching all ages and stages of students for a number of years. He encourages tablature reading, but also feels students should learn by ear.

James Robertson

Amherst, Virginia
Phone: 406.223.2746 (day)
    434.946.5803 (evening)
E-Mail James Robertson

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Seattle, Washington.

Susan teaches mountain dulcimer, beginning guitar, and ukelele in her home in Phinney Ridge. She teaches all styles on the dulcimer from swing to traditional music.

Visit Susan's Website!

Susan Howell

Susan Howell

Seattle, Washington
Phone: 206.781.1964 evenings
E-Mail Susan Howell

Singer, Songwriter, Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Charleston, West Virginia.

Heidi teaches mountain dulcimer and guitar in her home or yours. She has been playing for 20 years, taught lessons in Seattle for 15 years plus at festivals and dulcimer camps nationwide; appears on the Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer II CD, is a songwriter and guitarist as well. She has her own recordings and books available on her website. Workshops and lessons in Charleston & southwest WV region.

Heidi Muller

Heidi Muller

359 Fairview Drive
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: 304.345.1227
E-mail Heidi
Heidi Muller Website.

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Wisconsin.

Ruth Barrett is an internationally known fretted dulcimer recording artist, singer, and songwriter and award winning recording artist.  Her numerous recordings beginning in 1980 have featured Ruth's classical finger picking style of dulcimer playing, combined with a powerful and beautiful voice, has enchanted audiences for over three decades.  She is known for her original folk music inspired by folklore, mythology, the celebration of nature, and her arrangements of traditional Celtic and English folk music.

Ruth's musical collaboration with dulcimer player Cyntia Smith produced six critically acclaimed recordings beginning in 1981.  Ruth's 1990 solo release, Parthenogenesis, won an INDIE award from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors in the category of Women's Music.  In 2002, Ruth's original composition, Romp of the Canyon Kitties, was released as the opening track on Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Volume II (2003).  Ruth's latest CD, Songs of the Otherworld was released in early 2011.  Ruth was the 2011 recipient of the Jane Schliessman Award for outstanding contributions to women's music from Women in the Arts.

Discography of Recordings:
Songs of the Otherworld (2011), a collection of traditional and original ballads, songs, and instrumentals celebrating the faerie realm and Otherworld beings.
Garden of Mysteries (2008) features original and traditional folk music about encounters with mystery.
The Year Is A Dancing Woman (2003), is a two-volume CD of songs and chants celebrating the cycle of Mother Nature.
Parthenogenesis (1990), won an INDIE award from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors in the category of Women's Music.
Invocation To Free Women (1987) is a musical and poetic narrative unfolding the continuum of women's spirituality.

Recordings with music collaborator Cyntia Smith:
The Heart Is The Only Nation (1995)
A Dulcimer Harvest (1991)
Deepening (1984)
Aeolus (1981) and Music Of The Rolling World (1982) is now available in a CD compilation called The Early Years (1999)

Compilations:
Songs of Witchcraft & Magic (2007), Songs and Ballads compiled by The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall.
The Best of Pagan Song (2004), a collection of pagan classics.
Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Volume 2 (2003), Individual and Ensemble Selections.

“Carefully arranged and skillfully played...a wide range of color and expression.”
- Los Angeles Times


“Honest and sensitive folk artistry.”
- Frets Magazine


“Ruth has just released her tenth CD, Garden of Mysteries showcases Ruth's excellent finger-picking dulcimer style and her powerful, beautiful voice.  Listening to each song is akin to picking up a series of beautiful objects, each begging for your rapt attention.  As you begin to really appreciate the wonder and promise of the object you're holding, it fades only to be replaced by a new and equally mysterious subject for your careful examination.  Each object is a differing facet of a very cohesive whole, and the listening experience is as restful and thought provoking as an actual trip to a real garden.  There is a definite but mystical bond at work, and I'd be surprised if you didn't feel it too.”
- Review from Dulcimer Players News, Summer, 2008

Ruth Barrett

nancy garrett

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Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Mequon, Wisconsin.

Linda teaches beginner to intermediate mountain dulcimer in her home in Mequon or Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Linda Yopps

Mequon, Wisconsin
Phone: 262.242.2611
E-Mail Linda Yopps

Mountain Dulcimer Teacher
from Janesville, Wisconsin.

Beginning mountain dulcimer teacher, Nancy teaches from home or you can join the small group in Milton, WI, where meetings are held a couple times a month.  You can get a good start with your dulcimer and take yourself where ever you want to go.

Nancy Garrett

nancy garrett

Janesville, Wisconsin
Phone: 608.752.6514
E-Mail Nancy Garrett

Teacher/Performer and Workshop Leader
Mountain Dulcimer and Autoharp
from Ripon, Wisconsin

Mary Park has more than twelve years of experience teaching mountain dulcimer. A comprehensive book of instruction evolved from these years of experience and is what she uses to introduce students to strum style, finger picking and flat picking.

Mary Park

Mary Park photo

Ripon, Wisconsin
Phone: 920.748.6104
E-Mail Mary
Mary's Website

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