Three-Day Intensive Workshop in Michigan (2020)


Join me in Lake Odessa, Michigan on April 16-18 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!



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.


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 is required to secure your spot and to register. The remaining balance will be due at the workshop. Registration "tickets" are available for purchase below.


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!


April 16th to 18th, 2020


Bob's Barn Jamboree
1417 Johnson St.
Lake Odessa, MI 48849-1313


There are hotels in Ionia, MI, just 12 minutes away: Super 8 and American Inn and Suites.


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.

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. There is a wonderful deli and soup restaurant within walking distance.


A non-refundable $100.00 deposit is required to secure your spot in the class and to register. The remaining balance will be due at the first day of the workshop (check or cash).

  • If you register before January 17th, 2020, you save $5 on your total registration fee! The early bird rate will leave just $100 due at the door.
  • Registrations made after January 17th will be made at the 2020 rate of $205.00, or $105 due at the door.
  • Miss the January 17th early bird rate? You can still save $5 by mailing in a check for the full amount of $200. This discount only applies to those paying by check before April 1st.

Workshop seats are limited to only 30 maximum. Concert tickets for non-workshop participants is $10 at the door.

Purchase your non-refundable 50% deposit of $100 to reserve your spot here.


There are two different options to pay for the dulcimer weekend:


OPTION 1: Complete the Registration Form and return with a check to the address listed on the form.
OPTION 2: Use the following form to register online:



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


Email me at:
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