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Average Cost of Dulcimer Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute dulcimer lessons is $52. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $30 and $75 per hour.

30-min $20
 
$30 average
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45-min $25
 
$42 average
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60-min $30
 
$52 average
$75

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute dulcimer lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute dulcimer lessons are 20% less expensive at $42, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $30.

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Dulcimer Lesson Reviews from Students

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Karen D.

Somerville, MA
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Kimberly B.

Roseville, CA
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Park Rapids, MN
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Dulcimer:
The Appalachian dulcimer is a fretted string instrument of the zither family, typically with three or four strings. Its origins are in the Appalachian region of the United States. The body extends the length of the fingerboard, and its fretting is generally diatonic.
It is a beautiful droning instrument to learn and great for accompanying yourself or others. I always start with the basics of hand and finger technique, notes, chords, and songs. As the student progresses, if interested, I will teach theory and soloing.

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Jo B. December 1, 2017
· Percussion · In home
Very patient with this beginner. Clear lesson plan.
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Cameron B. October 26, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Karen is the best!
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Carl W. July 18, 2017
· Bagpipes · In home
Karen fixed my problem in five minutes after I had two years of getting no where. I play clarinet and was curling my fingers like on a clarinet. On a bagpipe, you must lay the fingers flat. Suddenly all the pressure problems with the reed went away.

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This wonderful mountain instrument is a great instrument for beginning musicians and instrumentalists. It's drone is hypnotic and pleasing to almost all listeners. Come see you you can easily pick up this gem of an instrument.

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Kathryn R. January 15, 2018
· Violin · Online
Kim can teach you or your child, no matter where you are!

I was 30 when I decided to rekindle my love for the violin. I hadn’t played since before YouTube was invented, and I was skeptical about learning violin online. By the first lesson, Kim had already corrected poor habits I didn’t know I had, just after hearing me play a few scales. She adjusted her teaching style to my personality so seamlessly that I felt I was just getting pointers from a dear violinist friend whose advice is always spot-on. Weekly practice never felt like work, because Kim tailored my assignments to my goals. Before I knew it, I was playing complex concertos I could never do in high school. I started out being able to play just one major scale. Within 10 months, I was in Suzuki Book 4!
I can’t say enough about Kim’s expert teaching skills. During a sight-reading of a very difficult piece, I became so frustrated that I wanted to stop the lesson and try again later. Kim encouraged me until I had gotten all the way through, and pointed out what I could learn from my performance. When I had time to calm down, I realized that Kim can do this for any student; adults, children, and adults whose inner child throws a tantrum when they’re frustrated by a musical challenge. :-)

Teachers like Kim are rare, and worth their weight in gold. I learned so much more than violin fundamentals through my lessons with her. I’m convinced Kim can teach anyone, of any age—even through an online platform.
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Arkaya A. December 5, 2017
· Viola · Online
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· Violin · Online

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Park Rapids, MN
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Lessons given in traditional and folk style dulcimer. Emphasis on lead and backup playing along with chord development.

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Ze D. May 25, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Mark is a great teacher. He is patient, flexible and quick at spotting what you are doing wrong and how you can improve it. I am a novice banjo player, and have been struggling for the longest time with some basic issues. Mark has been helping me move past these fundamental difficulties, and it has been fun too.
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mike May 24, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Mark is a great teacher, especially for a beginner adult like me.
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Gordon S. May 9, 2017
· Mandolin · Online
Mark is an excellent teacher. He is well versed in Banjo and Mandolin techniques and music theory. He also teaches mountain Dulcimer, I believe. He brings forth the information in an interesting fashion as well as fun. His sense of humor is a delight which helps in the learning process. All in all, he is a teacher worth learning from.

Karen R.

Virginia Beach, VA
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James R.

North Brunswick, NJ
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Andy R.

San Diego, CA
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I teach mountain or lap dulcimer. Ages are from 5-90! Beautiful instrument that can be as easy or complicated as you care!!

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Giovanni L. July 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
We would like to thank Karen for patiently teaching our son Federico. It was a pity we had to come back to Italy and w're missing such a positive inspiration for our son. Thank you again Karen for your professionalism and love in teaching our young son.
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Luanne F. May 15, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My daughter has loved having Karen as her teacher. She is kind and patient. My daughter has made tremendous strides and is loving the violin! I even catch her practicing without being asked!
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Anna-Margaret B. April 16, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Karen is so patient, yet challenging! She has a great personality, and she is super encouraging!

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Learn the basics to getting you started to play the Dulcimer. you'll learn everything from how to achieve great technique, music theory, & understanding how music works, all while having fun.

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Asheesh January 19, 2018
· Drum · Online
I’m an adult student with a job and Jimmy has been very adjusting about rescheduling my lessons if the need arises. I bought a set of 5 lessons to get a feel for being taught drumming as a beginner. The lessons have been useful as Jimmy sticks to basics and is patient and knowledgeable.
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Rob December 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
When my 7-year-old son asked for guitar lesson's, my wife and I were at a loss. As we are not musically inclined at all. We found Jimmy from a friends recommendation and could not be happier. Our son, loves his lesson's with Jimmy, he is learning music theory , how to read music and how to make his guitar sing (for a 7-year-old, at least). Jimmy is very patient and attentive to the needs of such a small learner. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to play.
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Walter November 18, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Jim is a very good instructor for me. He has great patience with me and proceeds in an orderly professional manner.

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I've been playing and teaching mountain dulcimer for over 30 years. I've given workshops at regional folk festivals, I've taught private lessons, I have released several recordings of my own music, and I've performed in every kind of venue, from coffee houses to concert stages. If you have a dulcimer hanging on the wall, I can show you what to do with it! I'll show you the different turnings and how to improve your strumming. We can try noter-style playing, chords, songwriting, and if you're into performing, I'll give you dulcimer-specific performance tips. It won't take much to get you started on this highly intuitive musical instrument. I can teach at my place or yours. Let's get in touch and I'll answer all your questions!

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Racquel R. October 24, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Andy is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. He starts with the fundamentals and doesn’t move too quickly. Looking forward to more classes with him!
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Josh H. October 10, 2017
· Dulcimer · In home
Andy did a great job of listening to what I was looking for, giving suggestions and making a plan. I’m excited to be learning from him.
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Ben July 14, 2017
· Drum · In home
My 12-year old son was very nervous about meeting Andy and learning to play the drums but Andy was great with him and had him practicing his first drum beat before the end of the session.

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