The hammered dulcimer is one of the world's oldest musical instruments, dating back 800 years or more. It is found throughout the world, from China to the Middle East, Europe and North America. Many people, upon first hearing the hammered ducimer, immediately fall in love with its sound and may eventually want to learn to play it.
I began playing hammered dulcimer in 1990 and have been performing and recording since 1993. I have studied with Steve Schneider and Linda Lowe Thompson, and have taught workshops for the NW Hammered Dulcimer Society's annual Chatter Creek Festival and for the Prairie Dulcimer Club in Kansas City. I play with my own Celtic group, Talisman, and with the Portland Megaband (world's largest contradance band) and in other groupings for English country and contra dancing. I have accompanied the Aurora Chorus, the Portland Lesbian Choir and other groups in peformance for choir and hammered dulcimer by Malcolm Dalghlish. I also perform as a soloist and, in 1997, competed in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship at Winfield, Kansas. I have recently completed two years of musictheory study at Clark College in Vancouver.
I bring a lifetime of musical experience with piano, bands and choirs to my playing and teaching of the hammered dulcimer. If you have never played before, I will help you to get started making music at your first lesson, then help you learn more advanced skills and music theory along the way in future lessons. I'll help you to improve your skills and knowledge if you already play.
To schedule lessons, please contact me. I will enjoy getting your instrument singing in your hands and will work with your learning style to assure musical growth and enjoyment along the way!
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