Janita Baker

Janita Baker

 

Janita Baker

Santa Margarita, California
Morning Skills - Level II – Beyond Beginners with various afternoon electives

Janita Baker returns from the 2016 Dulcimer Week staff to direct the Level II Beyond Beginner Skills Class at Dulcimer U. The demand from students to have her back each year is overwhelming due to her methodical and patient approach to teaching.

Janita has expressed a passion for teaching players who are just getting started on the dulcimer and her class exemplifies that passion. Her kind and gentle spirit endears dulcimer players to her almost immediately after the first meeting. In addition to her work with the beginners each morning, she will be teaching a variety of electives for various skill levels during the afternoon sessions.

Janita has a been playing, teaching and building mountain dulcimers for close to 40 years and is co-owner and builder of Blue Lion dulcimers and guitars. She is best known for her four string fingerpicking and performs a wide variety of musical styles including ragtime, classical, traditional and swing. She is well-respected as a patient and enthusiastic teacher and workshop leader and has taught at festivals throughout the US including Kentucky Music Week, Dulcimer U at Western Carolina University, the John C. Campbell Folk School, and the Augusta Heritage Spring Dulcimer week. She has released six cd's and is the author of several dulcimer books including Fingerpicking Dulcimer and Blues & Ragtime for Fretted Dulcimer, both Mel Bay publications.

Learn more about Janita and Blue Lion dulcimers at www.bluelioninstruments.com.

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