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Dulcimer U

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America's Premier Mountain Dulcimer Education Program

Dulcimer U continues its long-standing tradition of giving students the absolute best educational experience available for the mountain dulcimer. Unlike many festivals around the country, Dulcimer U is not about the performers, it’s about you….the student. Through our expanding offerings, we will provide only a first class instructional staff, many of which have earned advanced degrees in their various educational fields. Their experience as both classroom instructors as well as nationally sought after performers make them the very best at what they do.


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New for 2021!  Dulcimer U At Home

We’re happy to report that Dulcimer U is alive and well! 

While it looks like North Carolina is finally turning a corner on new COVID-19 cases, Western Carolina University will once again NOT be hosting residential conferences for the summer of 2021. We'll miss seeing everyone in person, but we are excited to announce a new program that will bring some of our best Dulcimer U classes direct to your living room. Its called the DULCIMER U At HOME Series.

Upcoming Zoom Workshops:

ON THE TRAIL OF CECIL SHARP WITH ANNE LOUGH
CLOSED
Thursdays in April 8, 15, 22 & 29) from 10:30 am - noon EST
Suitable for Advanced Beginners and above.

Compassion, Companionship and the Mtn Dulcimer with Lorinda Jones
This class is at full capacity. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
Thursdays in May (6, 13, 20, & 27) from 4pm-5:30pm EST.
Low to mid intermediate level

THE LIFE, WORK AND SONGS OF JEAN RITCHIE WITH AUBREY ATWATER 
CLOSED
Wednesdays in May (5, 12, 19 & 26) from 2-4 pm EST.
Intermediate Level primarily for mountain dulcimer but other instruments welcome as well.

MUSIC THEORY AND PLAYING BY EAR with Jim Miller
CLOSED
Monday-Friday, May 10-14, 2021 from 7-8 pm EST
Suitable for all skill levels.

Dulcimer Reboot with Carol Walker
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, May 24-26 7-9 pm EDT
Skill Level III - Lower Intermediate

FINGERSTYLE DULCIMER: FIRST STEPS AND BEYOND WITH NINA ZANETTI
June 7, 9 and 11 at 7 pm EST. (Three 90-minute sessions)
Suitable for skill level III (Lower Intermediate) and up

APPALACHIAN AND CELTIC BALLADS WITH AUBREY ATWATER
Wednesdays in June (9, 16, 23 & 30) from 2-4 pm EST. 
Intermediate Level primarily for mountain dulcimer but other instruments welcome as well.

Sweet Harmony - Playing, Creating, and Writing Your Own Harmony Parts with Joe Collins
Tuesdays and Saturdays in July (20, 24, 27, & 31) 4 Sessions – 90 min. (2 times per week for 2 weeks)
from 7:30-9 pm on Tuesdays and 4-5:30 pm on Saturdays EST
Level 3 Lower Intermediate and above

Strumming Traditional Fiddle and Folk Tunes with Carol Crocker
Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24 from 7:00-8:30 PM EST
Suitable for Beginner Skill Level


 More About Dulcimer U

Skill building will continue to be at the core of our programs, but we’ll also be focusing on music theory, techniques, history and even technology applications for the dulcimer. Universities are known for advancing the body of knowledge in a particular field, so we’ll also be focusing on innovation and what the future holds for this versatile instrument.

The staff of Educational Outreach at Western Carolina look forward to seeing you at a Dulicmer U class in the near future. Be sure to check our website often and keep your address updated to find out what new opportunities are coming your way.


Online/Video Participant Release
By registering for and attending this program - either virtually or in-person, The participant hereby authorizes Western Carolina University, through its agents and employees, and those acting pursuant to its authority to:

(a) Record my likeness and voice on videotape and/or electronically.
(b) Use my name in connection with these recordings.
(c) Use, reproduce, exhibit or distribute in any medium these recordings for any purpose that the University, and those acting pursuant to its authority, deem appropriate.

I release the University and those acting pursuant to its authority from liability for any violation of any personal or proprietary right, including any FERPA rights, I may have in connection with such use. I understand that all such recordings, in whatever medium, shall remain the property of the University. I have read and fully understand the terms of this release.

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