Three-Day Intensive Workshop in Tennessee (2019)


Join me and Phyllis Woods Brown in beautiful Cookeville, Tennessee, 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 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 us help you replace those with good habits that won't hold you back!



This workshop is suited for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced players. Mark and Phyllis are adept at differentiating their teaching for varying ability levels so all levels will be challenged but not lost. We carefully select activities that allow different ability levels to work towards the same topic but at their own pace. While the 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. Even better, with two master teachers, we will be able to split the group into two ability groups for more personalized instruction!

Mark Alan Wade

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.

Phyllis Woods Brown

Phyllis comes from a musical family and has been performing since the age of 15. An accomplished dulcimer player, she is highly regarded as an instructor as well. Phyllis studied Music Education at Tennessee Tech and has published 6 CDs and numerous instructional materials. You will enjoy her expertise and her charm at this idyllic Tennessee country setting.


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 Dulcimers 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!


February 28th to March 2nd, 2019


The Home of Phyllis Woods Brown
Cookeville, TN

Email me for a list of recommended hotels or an exact address.


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 and Phyllis will perform for you!

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


Lunch is included in the tuition, but dinner is on your own. I'm working on the details, but we'll make affordable options available.


The fee for the three-day workshops is $225.00. A non-refundable $112.50 (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% ($112.50) 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.

Purchase your non-refundable 50% deposit of $112.50 to reserve your spot here.


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


Email me at:
Mark's Email Address