Karen Ashbrook

Karen A.

Silver Spring, MD
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hammered Dulcimer lessons, rentals available. From basic playing through advanced arranging, including theory in many styles.
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Karen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:
September 1982

Hammered dulcimer lessons - all styles, all levels, music theory included!


Full time Musician
Aug 1982 - Present
Karen A.

Author, "Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition" on Oak Publications.
"Learn to Play the Hammereed Dulcimer" DVD and booklet, published by Muziek Mozaiëk (Belgium) in English, French and Flemish.
Numerous Recordings on the Maggie's Music label solo and with Ceoltoiri.
Please note: I do not teach the Appalachian/fretted/lap dulcimer. It's a different instrument!

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Limited Proficiency


World Music- Solo Perfomer
Apr 2017
Maryland State Arts Council

Photos & Videos

Performance at the Catskills Irish Arts Week in 2011 with Myron Bretholz on bodhran.
Performance at the 2013 World Cimbalom Congress in Taipei, Taiwan of Sous le Ciel de Paris.
Dulcimer Players News interview with Karen Ashbrook reviewing her teaching DVD "Learn to Play the Hammered Dulcmer"
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