We just finished our 2nd week of Dulcimer Club with. Record 23 students! We have now split into 2 groups. My grand daughter, the original club member, Amber is teaching our returning students about 6. They are starting with a couple of fun tunes we found in one of Don Pedi's books. One Morning Fair and I wish I was. Mole in the ground. Everyone else is in my group. Starting with the basics and boil them cabbage and hot cross buns. It takes a couple of weeks for them to find their comfort zone for dulcimer placement and strumming. This year we have gone to a standard size pick with enough for everyone to have the same type. It was worth the purchase of the pick punch. My cousin Doreen travels a lot so she collects plastic cards for us to punch picks out of. [any one who wants to support the club could also collect plastic cards, old credit/debit cards, hotel keys. Etc. and send them to me to be punched and recycled into picks] We will be applying form a learning links grant for supplies for club. Imagine changing strings on 25 Dulcimers! We cut down on time and expense buy using one melody string instead of two and that has worked out ok.
Next week we move Amber and her group to a different room so they can hear each other better.
It is so cool to see the club growing.