Two Kinds of Dulcimer: Mountain and Hammered

The Old Town School offers both mountain and hammered dulcimer.

The mountain dulcimer is a versatile instrument that's fun and easy to play due to the comfortable position and layout of the fret board.

The hammered dulcimer, the forerunner to the piano, is lots of fun to play and has a beautiful sound that will captivate you. Hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer players can join the Dulcimer Ensemble.

Private lessons are available for beginning mountain and hammered dulcimer students.

Mountain Dulcimer 1


If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Krista Ortgiesen with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Mountain Dulcimer: Advanced Techniques


Thursday with Dona Benkert

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Experience the beauty of the dulcimer as you learn challenging tunes and expand the techniques and chords studied in Mountain Dulcimer 2.

Dulcimer Ensemble


Monday with Dona Benkert

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

For all dulcimer enthusiasts - hammered and mountain - have a great time expanding your musical knowledge and experiencing the joy of making music. Guitarists and fiddlers are welcome, too!

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.

8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)

Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 04/26/2021 – 06/20/2021

Monday 03/22/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Sunday 04/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 04/07/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 06/21/2021 – 08/15/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/31/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


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Dona Benkert »
Hammered Dulcimer, Appalachian Dulcimer, Autoharp, Bowed Psaltery, Mountain Dulcimer