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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.

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 folks in the Continuing Education Office 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.


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Dulcimer U At Home

Greetings Dulcimer Players!

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

Although there is still much uncertainty about in-person gatherings this year, we are excited to announce that, throughout the Spring, we’ll be bringing some of our great Dulcimer U programs direct to your living room with our new  DULCIMER U: AT HOME series. 

Upcoming Zoom Workshops:

CHORDS AND MELODIES WITH IRMA REEDER
Tuesdays in April (6, 13, 20 & 27) from 7-8:30 pm EST.
Suitable for Beginner Skill Level.

ON THE TRAIL OF CECIL SHARP WITH ANNE LOUGH
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
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 
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
Monday-Friday, May 10-14, 2021 from 7-8 pm EST
Suitable for all skill levels.

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

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