This fascinating instrument has a captivating voice and is mesmerizing to watch being played! From the Near East to Western Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean to the American Colonies, the Hammered Dulcimer has a long history encompassing many music traditions. Trapezoidal in shape with many strings running across the soundboard, this forerunner of the piano is played by striking strings with small hammers. This class will cover how the notes are laid out, with a hands-on approach to begin playing tunes. Loaner instruments will be available during class. No previous musical experience is required. The class text is You Can Teach Yourself Hammered Dulcimer by Madeline MacNeil (Mel Bay). Book available online or for purchase at the first session.