Nancy Wilder Palmateer Memorial Children’s Workshop: Building a Lap Dulcimer, February 17, 21 and April 12, The TAUNY Center
February 17th (1-5pm), February 21st (2-5pm) and April 12th (7pm)
Registration is for all three sessions.
Ages 10 and up
Limit of 8 participants
Whether they are budding musicians or have never picked up an instrument before, the lap dulcimer is a fun, easy way for children to make music together. TAUNY staff artist Dan Duggan has worked in schools throughout the Northeast for over 30 years teaching students music on traditional instruments. He has put together a multi-day workshop to guide participants through decorating, building and learning to play their own lap dulcimer.
The dulcimers will be assembled from kits: No messy sanding and sawing required! The instrument bodies are made of sturdy cardboard, and the necks are wooden. Participants will paint the bodies, assemble them, glue the necks and install the tuning machines.
In the first session Dan will guide the students through building their instruments and decorating them.
In the second session Dan will teach them how to play their dulcimers.
In the third session Kids will play a few tunes to open the Jamcrackers concert.
Registration is required. Participants are asked to commit to all three days of the workshops.
February 17th: 1-5pm Dulcimer body building and decorating(parents’ help would be greatly appreciated!)
February 21st: 2-5pm Workshop for kids to learn how to play
April 12th: Musical performance
This workshop is made possible by the Nancy Wilder Palmateer Memorial Fund. This fund was established by the Palmateer and Wilder families in 2015 to honor the creative side of Nancy Wilder Palmateer, to recognize her work with children, and to encourage hands-on engagement for young people.