Basic Schedule for the 2017 Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival

Here's the basic layout. The specific workshop schedule is below that.


Friday schedule:

  • 2:00 ... Doors officially open
  • 3:30-4:30 ... Workshops F1
  • 4:45-5:45 ... Workshops F2
  • 5:45-7:30 ... Dinner break
  • 7:30 ... Concert featuring the workshop leaders, followed by Jody Marshall (hammered dulcimer)

Saturday schedule:

  • 8:30 ... Doors officially reopen
  • 9:00-9:45 ... Gathering. Workshop leaders and featured artists briefly introduce themselves and their classes.
  • 10:00-11:15 ... Workshops S1
  • 11:30-12:30 ... Workshops S2
  • 12:30-1:45 ... Lunch break
  • 1:45-3:00 ... Workhops S3
  • 3:15-4:15 ... Workshops S4
  • 4:30-5:30 ... Workshops, jams, round robins, extra help for less experienced players. S5
  • 5:30-7:00 ... Dinner break
  • 7:00 ... Concert featuring Sofie Reed (mountain dulcimer), and then Ted Yoder (hammered dulcimer)

We have 3 tracks of hammered dulcimer (Beginner, Mid-level, and Advanced) ... 4 tracks of mountain dulcimer (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced) ... and a track of "other" workshops, which cover a wide range of topics. In every period, there's always a workshop suitable for every level of dulcimer player. But if you'd rather go off and jam with somebody, that's fine, too!


Food, clothing, and shelter: For meals, if you wish to stay "on campus," we bring in takeout orders that you can buy into. For clothing, well, Nutmeg has some of the best dulcimer festival T-shirts we've ever seen. And if you're traveling from out of the area, there's a special Nutmeg rate at the Hampton Inn, in Milford, less than a mile away.

Full Schedule - 2017 Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival


Hammered Dulcimer

Mountain Dulcimer




  Tools for Simplifying and Exploring – Paul Mueller (ALL)

  Syncopated Chording – Jon Weinberg (MID-ADV) 

   Music Reading for Dulcimer – Melanie Johnston (BEG-NOV) 

   Baby Steps to Fingerpicking – Carol Walker (NOV) 

   Hornpipes –  Susan Trump (INT-ADV) 

   Pedals for Your Dulcimer – Jeff Goldenberg (INT-ADV) 

   Being Viral – Ted Yoder (ALL) 

   Open Jam – Mack Johnston (All instruments)  


   Drop, Bounce, and Roll – Cliff Cole (BEG) 

   Waltz Away the Hours – Tom MacKenzie (MID) 

  Around the World On a Dulcimer – Paul Mueller (MID-ADV) 

   Songs You Know  Carol Walker (BEG)

   Strumming and Flatpicking Made Easy – Susan Trump (NOV) 

   Throw Away the Music – Barb Truex (INT-ADV) 

   Dulcimer Orchestra – Mack Johnston (INT-ADV) 

   The Singing Voice in All of Us – Christine DeLeon (All) 




Concert featuring the Workshop Leaders and Jody Marshall



Registration Opens




   Hammered Dulcimer 101 –  Jon Weinberg (BEG) 

   What Can You Do With a Song –  Ted Yoder (MID) 

   Pluck, Pick, and Stick – Jody Marshall (ADV) 

   Mountain Dulcimer 101 – Laurel Schwartz (BEG) 

   Singing With the Mountain Dulcimer – Sofie Reed (NOV) 

   Playing in A – Sandy Lafleur (INT) 

   Classical Dulcimer for Wascally Wabbits – Carol Walker (ADV) 

   Ear Training for Everyone – Linda Collins (All instruments and/or voice) 



   Hammered Dulcimer 102 – Cliff Cole (BEG) 

   The 8-Note Miracle Cure – Brett Ridgeway (MID) 

   Hand Separation – Jon Weinberg (MID-ADV) 

   Mountain Dulcimer 102 – Melanie Johnston (BEG)

   Adding Punch With the Left Hand – Sandy Lafleur (NOV)

   DDD Bagpipe Tuning – Ron Ewing (INT) 

   Blues Dulcimer – Sofie Reed (NOV-ADV)

   Laparoscopic Dulcimer Surgery –  Dwain Wilder (ALL) 

   Uke Can Do It – Christine DeLeon (All) 




   Chords Demystified – Jody Marshall (BEG) 

   Making Practice Fun – Cliff Cole (MID) 

   TED Tweaks –  Ted Yoder (ADV) 

   Easy Basic Chords – Linda Collins (BEG-NOV) 

   Creating Music – Laurel Schwartz (NOV) 

   Let Those Fingers Fly – Brett Ridgeway (NOV-ADV) 

   4-string Beyond DADD – Barb Truex (INT-ADV) 

   Put the Tab in your Tablet – Melanie Johnston (All levels) 

   Increase Your Stage Presence! – Sofie Reed (All instruments, any level)


   Songs You Know – Ted Yoder (BEG) 

   Backup: Beyond the Basics – Jody Marshall (MID) 

   French Canadian Music – Tom MacKenzie (ADV) 

   Let's Rock! - Sam Edelston (BEG)

•  EAA – George Haggerty (NOV-INT) 

   Smoothing Out Your Playing – Linda Collins (INT) 

   Two Divided by a Fifth – Jeff Goldenberg (INT-ADV) 

  It Takes Two…… Mack and Melanie Johnston (All instruments, INT-ADV)

  Don't Fear the Sound System – Don Briggs (All instruments) 



  Questions, Answers & Extra Help - Rich Carty

  Questions, Answers & Extra Help – Sandy Lafleur 

  Songs of Appalachia – Susan Trump (NOV) 

   Fast Jam - Tom MacKenzie

   Round Robin - Don Moore (All)

   Sing-and-Play-Along - Cliff Cole (All)

   Surviving a Jam – Brett Ridgeway (All instruments, all levels) 




Concert featuring Sofie Reed and Ted Yoder

(Note earlier 7:00 concert start time)

Click on the button at right to download a printable version of the workshop schedule.

Workshop Schedule 2017
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