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ERIC Number: EJ852193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
Sounds from the Mountain: How a Simple Dulcimer Can Transform Your General Music Class
Miller, Rebecca A.
Teaching Music, v17 n1 p22 Aug 2009
The mountain dulcimer is a folk instrument that children (and adults) can learn to play quickly and easily. Even more exciting than learning to play it is making one of your own. Making and playing a dulcimer allows students to explore an instrument for themselves and create a music-making environment. From an inexpensive, prepackaged kit, students can build their own dulcimers and learn to play simple songs on them. Thus they become part of the process, investing their own time and creativity to make a musical instrument that they can enjoy playing for themselves and others. Playing the dulcimer can be successful at any age, but the excitement is magnified with children. This simple, user-friendly instrument can be put to educational use in myriad ways depending on the needs of students, but this article offers a few general suggestions. (Contains 8 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A