North East Ohio Dulcimer Weekend


North East Ohio Dulcimer Weekend is a weekend, all day, intensive small group session for beginning and intermediate hammered dulcimer players led by Mark Alan Wade and Tina Bergmann. It’s a small group setting for no more than 12 intermediate to dulcimer participants in each session. There will be many handouts and instructional aids, including an overhead view of the instructors’ dulcimers. I will also post videos to YouTube of all of the concepts covered for your review.

Workshop Topics:

This is certainly open to change, but we will explore music theory as it applies to the dulcimer and arranging. This includes chords, increasing your chord vocabulary through chord substitutions and suffixes. We will also have helpful technique sessions to start you off with good habits. We will teach you our personal warm-up routines that covers all the bases needed to set you up for a day’s playing. Whenever possible we will learn repertoire to reinforce what we are doing in class; i.e., songs that teach us things. We will also work on ensemble playing. Don’t worry. Everyone is nervous to play in front of others. This will take all the pressure and attention off of individuals. No one will be singled out here. However, dulcimer players, as a group, lack ensemble skills–the ability to play nicely with others in a way that ADDS to the music. This is HUGELY important. We will also work on simple embellishing strategies. Of course, I would LOVE to hear from YOU before the sessions so I can include your suggestions as well. Please email me your thoughts.


Plan to arrive Friday early evening to get settled into your hotel. We’ll meet at a local restaurant for dinner and drinks to meet each other and visit.

**Very Tentative Schedule and Topics**:

  • Breakfast on your own at your hotel, carpool or drive yourselves to Copley High School.
  • Session 1: 9:00 to 9:45 Technique and warm-up routine topics
  • Session 2: 10:00-10:45 Hands-on, Not boring, Not overly-complicated, Practical Music Theory
  • Session 3: 11:00 to Noon: Application and Repertoire
  • LUNCH BREAK- Provided
  • Session 4: 1:00-2:00 Ensemble Playing (rounds, etc.)
  • Session 5: 2:15-4:00 Misc. Topics (Embellishing, new tune, etc.)
  • FREE TIME: 4:00-5:45 Practice, jam, relax, snack, also open to private lessons.
  • DINNER BREAK: 5:45 at a local restaurant
  • Concert & Jam: 7:30 Tina and I will play a mini concert for you. Slow jam to follow!

Concert Tickets to the Saturday evening concert will be $10 for non-workshop participants.


Sunday: You’ll want to check out of your hotel, so we’ll start at 9:15 AM for session 1. Session 4 will end at 3:30 and we’ll all tidy up the band rooms.


Suggestions? Please feel free to contact me.



For ALL interested beginning and intermediate hammered dulcimer players!


The weekend will be taught by Mark Alan Wade and Tina Bergmann. Mark is a former National Dulcimer Champion with half a dozen students who have also won the National Championship. Mark has a degree in Music Education and taught public school music for several years before going back to graduate school for his terminal degree in music. Mark is experienced and trained specifically in accommodating ALL different learning styles and modalities and will work tirelessly to customize this session for his students.

Tina is a primarily self-taught musician of 27 years and a highly regarded teacher known for her warm and engaging teaching style. Hailed as the "Diva of the Dulcimer" by Apollo's Fire, Cleveland's nationally known Baroque Orchestra, Tina is known for her driving energy and syncopated rhythms and was described by Pete Seeger as "The best hammered dulcimer player I've heard in my life." By the time she earned an education degree from KSU in 1994, Tina had already been teaching privately for 11 years. Her teaching experience included planning and facilitating master classes, workshop series and teaching weeklong camps in a number of states.


November 18-19, 2017


  • All Saturday sessions will be at Fort Island Primary School. (496 Trunko Rd, Fairlawn, OH 44333)
  • The Saturday evening concert at 7:30 will be at the Copley High School Band Room.
  • All Sunday sessions will be held at Copley High School band and choir rooms. (3807 Ridgewood Rd. Akron, OH 44321)

We have a group discount rate at Best Western Plus West Akron. Just mention our event when booking. Guests can call the hotel directly 330-670-0888 or use the link below to make reservations.



Breakfast is provided by your hotels. Lunches are included in your registration fee and we will make our own sandwiches and salads, etc. on site. Dinners are on your own. There are Indian restaurants, vegan, middle eastern, Mexican, Barbeque, and American restaurants from which to choose. You can go on your own or we can go as a group.


Complete the Registration Form and return with a check to my address (see form). The full payment is due upon registering. I can also send a Paypal/Credit Card invoice upon request.
Full weekend, lunches, and concert: $150. Saturday only: $95. Saturday & Sunday Afternoon Sessions $120. Optional Private Lessons: $20.


The tuition for the week-long session is $150. A typical hotel charge for 2 nights (Friday night through Saturday night) would be around $200 for a single room (you are welcome to share a room). Budgeting for dinners only will be approximately $45-55 (including Friday’s dinner). Again, breakfast and lunch/snacks/drinks will be provided. You also have the option of a personal one-on-one 30-minute lesson for an additional $20. Please indicate that on the registration form and memo line of the check. In total, you should budget for around $400 for the weekend (including Friday’s dinner), plus any lessons, CDs, hammers, or books you might want.

Cancellation Policy:

A full refund will only be granted if requested by Oct. 8, 2017, AND IF your reservation is taken by another student. No refunds, partial or otherwise, will be given after 10/18/17. By returning this completed form, you agree to these terms and conditions.

Travel Companions Welcome:

Significant others are welcome! There is a lot to do around Akron during the day while you are in class. If your companion joins us for lunch, please contribute an additional $7 per lunch. They are welcome to join us for concerts, dinners, jams, and extra-curricular activities.

Extra-curricular activities include:
  • Akron Art Museum
  • Tour historic Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
  • Tour local wineries
  • National and Metro Parks
  • Chase down the Goodyear Blimp?
What to Bring:

Anything you need to play your dulcimer (stand, hammers, tuning wrench, music stand, etc.). Notebook, voice or video recorder.