Senior Citizen's Dulcimer Program

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The Caldwell Senior Appalachian Lap Dulcimer Program is funded through the generosity of community members, the N.C. Arts Council, and the foundations listed below. 

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*This class is now full. Please call our office at the number below to be put on a wait list. 
Learn to Play the Appalachian Lap Dulcimer

WHEN: Saturdays from 10am-11am starting on April 2, 2022
WHERE: The HUB Arts Center in Hudson
COST: Instruction and loaner instruments are available FREE of charge

Enrollment is limited to 12 people and is first-come, first-served. Call the Caldwell Arts Council today at 828-754-2486 to sign up.

Additional classes will be added as demand grows.

The class will be taught by renowned musician and dulcimer maker Alan Darveaux. The Morganton resident has earned competition awards including the first Kentucky State Dulcimer Champion, Grand Champion Dulcimer player at Harper Van Hoy’s Ole Time Fiddlers’ and Bluegrass Festival in Union Grove, and made the top five at the National Flat Picking Championships in Winfield, Kansas. As a well-respected dulcimer maker, Darveaux has taught workshops from Bar Harbor, Maine to Orcas Island, Washington and was featured at the National Australian Folk Festival.

What are some of the benefits of senior citizens learning music in a group setting?

Many studies show that similar experiences improve senior citizens' overall sense of being from engaging with others while lessening depression and feelings of isolation. It also has been shown that actively learning new things keeps seniors’ mental faculties intact longer, because continual learning seems to help stave off dementia.

This Caldwell Arts Council program is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.