Mark's Workshop and Concert Schedule for 2019

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Central Florida Dulcimer and Autoharp Festival
Start Date: February 8, 2019
End Date: February 9, 2019
Description: Check Back soon!
Address: Mount Dora, FL
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Buckeye Dulcimer Festival
Start Date: March 6, 2019
End Date: March 10, 2019
Description: n/a
Address: Ashley, Ohio
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3 Day Intensive Workshop at Bob's Barn
Start Date: April 11, 2019
End Date: April 13, 2019
Description: Three-Day Intensive Workshop

Join me in Lake Odessa, Michigan on April11-13th for a comprehensive workshop on hammered dulcimer technique, embellishments, chording, repertoire, and more! Regardless of how long you have played or where you fall on the spectrum from Beginner II to Advanced, this workshop will help you become a better musician and improve your approach to the dulcimer. Even if you have been playing the hammered dulcimer for many years, there are some bad habits that can sneak into your playing. Let me help you replace those with good habits that won’t hold you back!


YOU! This workshop is best suited for Beginner II, Intermediate and Advanced players. Mark is adept at differentiating his teaching for varying ability levels so all levels will be challenged but not lost. I carefully select activities that allow different ability levels to work towards the same topic but at their own pace. While the late beginners work on one thing, I’ll have the intermediate level students work on something a little more challenging but still comparable, and the advanced students take it one step further still.

ME! 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.


A non-refundable 50% deposit ($100) is required to secure your spot and to register. The remaining balance will be due at the workshop. Registration "tickets" will be available for purchase on my website.


Three fun and challenging days of workshops tailored just for you! This great venue can fit up to 30 Hammered Dulcimer and has its own kitchen and restrooms–perfect for workshops!


• Hammer Technique

• Percussion Rudiments

• Ergonomics of healthy playing

• Playing a melody with chords

• Music Theory/Fun Chord Substitutions

• Arranging for Solo Playing and Contests

• Cleaning up your non-dominant hand

• Ear-Training

• Playing Back-Up

• Ensemble Playing

• Dominant Hand Lead

• How to avoid crossing your hammers

• Tunes!


9:00-12:00 Morning Sessions

12:00-1:15 LUNCH

1:15-4:30 Afternoon Sessions

5:00-6:30 Evening Meal

Jams every evening if the space is available. I'm checking into that.

Friday Night: Mark will perform for you!

Saturday: we end at 3:00 to tidy up the room and head back home.


Meals are not included in the tuition, but it’s fun to eat together. I’m working on the details, but we’ll make affordable options available.


The fee for the three-day workshops is $200. A non-refundable $100 (50%) deposit is required to secure your spot in the class and to register. The remaining balance will be due at the workshop. The remaining 50% ($100) is due at the first day of the workshop. Workshop seats are limited to only 30 maximum.

Concert tickets for non-workshop participants is $10 at the door.

What to Bring:

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

Address: Bob's Barn:
1417 Johnson St, Lake Odessa, MI 48849-1313
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