Dulcimer Classes and Teachers

The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers club provides FREE beginner and intermediate level instruction for all paid members. Each series of classes consist of six, one-hour lessons that prepare each student to confidently play in group sessions and public performances. Upon completion of the beginning series, students will be given a copy of the club music packets that includes many traditional dulcimer tunes.

Beginner Level 1:  Tom Depenbrock, instructor; Patty Smith, assistant

No experience necessary. This is an introductory level class focusing on those who have little or no knowledge of the mountain dulcimer. Experience with other instruments or knowledge of music is not required.

Beginner Level 2:  Phyllis Whitt, instructor; Gail Michalack, assistant

This is for the players who have taken the Level 1 class.

Intermediate Level:   Elaine Caldwell, instructor

The focus at this level is to practice basic dulcimer playing techniques, fine tuning those skills and building one's repertoire. Various tunes from the club music packets and new tunes are used so that students may confidently join in group sessions and perform at public events.

Class Schedule for 2015:

Feb. 5 & 19, Mar. 5 & 19, Apr. 2 & 16

Classes will begin at 6pm.

HOKD will not meet if the Kenton County Schools have been closed for inclement weather.


Spring classes begin with the first meeting in February. Fall classes begin with the first meeting in September. There are no classes during the summer.


Here is a list of our members who are willing to teach at times other than during a meeting. Please contact them for further details.

Elaine Caldwell
Florence/Burlington area of Kentucky
859-586-5031 or 859-620-8286   

Judy Durham
Greater Cincinnati

AlAnn Feldman
Dry Ridge, Ky.

Dana Gruber
Greater Cincinnati

Janet Lucas
Walton-Verona area

Fran McCoy
Middletown and Greater Cincinnati area