With a college degree in music
education, now augmented by training in body mapping and Alexander Technique, and many students who unwittingly encouraged me take a closer look at
how I wield my craft to reveal to them the secrets of easy, resonant, musical
playing, I am seldom daunted nowadays when it comes to teaching, especially hammered dulcimer and
autoharp. I strive to answer How and Why,
two items that have increased in importance now that some hammered dulcimer
players are coming to me with unnecessary musicians' injuries like Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome and Repetitive Strain Injury.
Lessons and workshops are available on hammered
dulcimer, autoharp (chromatic, but esp. diatonic), beginning mountain dulcimer,
and all sizes of recorders, in addition to coaching on many other instruments. Students receive guidance on more than "right notes;"
I teach music through the body towards each instrument, instead of just the instrument, by
focusing on the player, showing how to make playing feel easy (which means it's healthy, too) and
fun! I move at a
snail's pace to ensure success, and think outside the box in ways that many players
don't expect. The goal is to help every student play on "cruise
control," which also sets them up to play musically. From these
basics, they can move on to the loftier goals of jamming, solo arranging, and the like.
I teach privately,
as well as at festivals and for dulcimer
and autoharp clubs. (I also teach players owning what's called a
linear chromatic dulcimer, and can communicate instructions in
French--ooh, la, la.) Then there are "extended-play" classes
lasting 3-5 days.
Plus, if you live in or near the metro Denver area and want to try
dulcimer or autoharp before you buy, read about
my loaner program. If it
sounds like it's for you, fill out
the application form and
send it in.
Click on any of the links below to see
the wide array of offerings awaiting you. Or, if you already know what you
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