North Carolina

An Introduction to the Lap Dulcimer

Join your expert instructor and other beginner musicians at a tranquil lakeside retreat for an introduction to playing the dulcimer and learn about its roots in this Appalachian region.
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Program No. 23126RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The dulcimer is an entirely American invention – first appearing in the Appalachian region’s Scotch-Irish communities in the early 19th century and brought to national popularity by folk musician Jean Ritchie in the 1950s. Delve into the history and cultural significance of this stringed instrument as you learn how to play it! Practice tuning, strumming and playing simple folk tunes during daily instruction and independent practice time. Plus, enjoy evening entertainment and field trips to learn about the Appalachian region.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Designed for beginners. No musical experience necessary.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a week designed for beginners, and no musical experience is necessary. Instruments will be provided or you may bring your own.
  • Take in a hammered dulcimer performance by a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion.
  • Practice the skills you learn throughout the week during a jam session with your fellow musicians.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Anne Lough
Anne Lough is an internationally known traditional musician who performs and teaches at schools, workshops and festivals throughout the country, in the British Isles, Ireland and Belgium. She holds a bachelor’s in music education from Murray State University in Kentucky and a master’s from Western Carolina University. Anne is particularly respected for her artistic, sensitive style of playing and skill as an instructor and arranger. She has produced many books of dulcimer arrangements and her music can be heard on several recordings.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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