Stephen Seifert

Mountain Dulcimer Player

07-25-18 Morehead, KY, Mountain Dulcimer Three-Day Intensive with Sarah Morgan and Stephen Seifert


07-25-18 Morehead, KY, Mountain Dulcimer Three-Day Intensive with Sarah Morgan and Stephen Seifert


[The $87.50 you pay to register is a 50% non-refundable deposit.]

Join Sarah Morgan and Stephen Seifert, July 25-27, 2018, at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music in Morehead, KY for mountain dulcimer instruction, delicious pizza, concerts, and jamming! Stephen will take novice to lower intermediate 9 to noon each day while Sarah works with intermediate and up. Classes swap instructors each day for the 1:30 to 4:30 session. This event is sponsored by the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.


 July 25-27, 2018


Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (on MSU campus)
Address: 185 East First Street Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-9001


8:30 - 9:00 Arrive
9:00 - Noon Morning Session
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 4:30 Afternoon Session


Meals aren't included in the price but there are lots of eateries in downtown Morehead within walking distance of the KCTM. We also have access to a small kitchenette in the building with a fridge and a microwave if you prefer to bring your meals.


Sarah and Steve will occasionally record video summaries throughout the three days. You will get links to these videos once we've had a chance to edit and upload these videos to the web. This will make reviewing the material at home quite effective and should help you relax and enjoy taking the class.

Novice and Lower Intermediate

This class is geared towards beginners with some experience on up to those who are approaching intermediate. You'll have Stephen in the morning and Sarah in the afternoon.

Stephen’s morning class:

Improve your ability to learn by listening, reading tablature, and reading hands. Learn how to make harder arrangements easier to play. Use easy tricks to make simple music fun to play and more interesting for a listener. Play backup chords for a singer or other lead player. We’ll cover the simplest method I’ve found for playing melodies and chords at the same time. I’ll also walk you through an introduction to fingerpicking and flat picking. Expect a good number of fiddle tunes and old-time songs.

Sarah’s afternoon class:

The goal of this class is for you to become an independent musician. I want you to leave after these 3 days, equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to begin your dulcimer journey and progress as a musician. Our first objective will be to develop good playing posture, fluid strumming, and smooth, comfortable fingering. From there, we will focus on identifying chord shapes and notes of the fretboard. Next we’ll work on honing your aural skills by working on a few ear-training exercises and learning a few simple tunes by ear. We will spend a little time on playing with a noter as well as some less popular tunings you may not have tried yet, like DGD and DAA. We’ll work on songs from Christmas, Classical, Old-time, Irish, Ballads, and Folk genres as well as a few fun-to-play duet and trio arrangements.

Intermediate and Up

This class is for folks who have been playing for a number of years, have moved past the basics and want to generally dig deeper in regards to repertoire, styles, and technique. You'll have Sarah in the morning and Stephen in the afternoon.

Stephen’s afternoon class:

After a brief review of the fundamentals, I’ll help you develop a more capable right hand in regards to strumming, flat picking, and fingerpicking. We’ll play melodies in multiple octaves as I show you a good number of tricks for making simple tunes fancy. We’ll cover bare-minimum and full chord-melody style, fingering strategies, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and a bunch of other stuff that makes music exciting for both the player and the audience. Tunes covered will be in the style of old-time, bluegrass, and Irish.

Sarah’s morning class:

The goal of this class is to get past the plateau most experienced players reach. We will begin with concepts every experienced player needs to know: notes of the fretboard, chord shapes, and basic rhythm skills. From there, we will cover fluid strumming and comfortable, ergonomic fingering. We’ll talk about the subtle things you can do that bring that rhythmic “drive” to your strumming. The dulcimer has so many amazing sounds that are often left untapped. We will cover how to pull out all those unique tones and get all you can out of your instrument. And finally we will cover how to make the simplest arrangement sound musical and emotive. We’ll work on some challenging and fun arrangements from Christmas, Opera, Classical, Old-time and Folk genres as well as a few duet arrangements.


Tuition is $175 for the three days. Register by paying a non-refundable $87.50 deposit below. The remaining is due on the first day of class. Admission to the Morehead Old Time Festival is not included in the price of tuition, but you will receive a discounted ticket price at the gate.

[The $87.50 you pay to register is a 50% non-refundable deposit.]

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