Intensives, Residencies & Workshops

Current Workshop: MUSIC for the Anxious and Intimidated

4 Saturdays this fall: October 20, November 3, November 17, December 1
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These workshops, residencies and intensives are designed to empower you to explore, build skills and develop your talents in the crafts offered. You'll find many ways to integrate your new skills into the fabric of your life.

Dulcimer lessons

I give dulcimer lessons in the traditional style, playing the melody on the string (or double strings) closest to you and using the other two strings as drone strings. I teach lessons at my home in Central Vermont. If you would like lessons please call me at 802-767-3790 to schedule your lessons.

Dulcimer (or music) Workshop/Intensive for the Anxious and Intimidated

This intensive is for those, like myself, for whom making music does not come easily. But we love it and stubbornly persist in finding ways to be successful and to enjoy it.

There are several resources becoming available to us as our knowledge of psychological and neurological processes increases. We'll explore resources that are supportive of our learning styles and that assist us in integrating our brains and bodies to overcome some of the old road blocks and challenges we currently experience.

I began teaching this workshop years ago when asked if there was another kind of workshop I wanted to teach besides Dulcimer for Beginners. I reflected on the difficulties which I faced learning to play and what I'd been seeing in the beginner dulcimer workshops I was teaching. I started actively investigating new resources that would allow us greater self awareness, comfort and enjoyment in music making.

This intensive is designed to give you the tools to clear up the things that are holding you back, as well as a practice that will improve your playing and musical enjoyment.

Click on this link if you would like me to e-mail you when the next intensive is scheduled.


Residencies and Workshops

I have been a juried artist on the Vermont Council on the Arts roster since 1976. I have taught dulcimer building, kite making, bookbinding and paper making in many different schools and settings to all ages from kindergarten students to adults.

These workshops/residencies offer you the opportunity to explore the physical world through making things. It is hard to overstress the importance of the development of manual skills in this day and age of computers and passive consumerism.

Students experience the sense of adventure that comes from making things. Making things leads students to a creative life where creating beauty also builds a good sense of self in relation to our physical world, a sense that carries over into all other activities. It also brings out personal gifts that might not be accessible in the two-dimensional world of writing and reading.

The journey of trying out and mastering new techniques and crafts includes the inevitable setbacks and so-called “failures”. The problems that come up are merely things that need to be overcome as part of the process, and persevering becomes an important habit.

We now know from scientific brain research that developing manual skills and learning through movement are crucial for cognitive development.

*For more details on learning and learning styles
see books by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D.

The Dominance Factor
Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head
Playing in a Unified Field

Integrating My Classes in Your Curriculum?

All these crafts lend themselves well to integration in your school curriculum. The earlier they are introduced in the school year, the more mileage you get out of your investment, allowing the students to reach a higher level of proficiency.

The craft you have chosen becomes part of the classroom culture for the year. There can be a work station where your students can work on the next assignment as time allows.

The requirements of language, math, science and social studies can successfully be addressed through the crafts.

Curriculum sessions can be held after school or on in-service days.

I look forward to hearing your ideas for your students/group and discussing what is appropriate for the various age groups, as well as how to structure my residency or classes with you.

Usually the details can be worked out over the phone. I also visit the site when requested to meet with teachers and do an in-service day.

I offer the following subjects as residencies:

Kite Making

Your class/group will be introduced to the basic attributes of kites; then we proceed to build them. When the kites are completed, we will discuss kite art and the elements of painting things that are meant to be seen from far away. The final step is kite flying. It is important to have enough time to fly, so all students can be successful at flying their kites.

The Paper Crafts

Paper making, marbling and bookbinding are all related crafts that can be done separately or together, depending on how you want to use them in relation to the curriculum in your classroom or program.

Paper making explores the making of sheets of paper using different materials. The paper can be used to write or print on, or it can be shaped into art objects.

Marbling explores the ancient technique of floating inks on water, controlling the design and transferring it onto paper.

Bookbinding is the art of creating blank books in which to write or draw. The books can also be used to bind the collective writings of one or more students. With the advent of computers it has become very practical to publish students’ writing in single copies or limited editions.

The step of bringing written work into print, after the creative and editing processes makes students published authors.

Dulcimer Building

Depending on the age of the students, we make the instruments using either cardboard or wood. Dulcimers will be provided for students to use during the building while they wait for glue or finish to dry. Instruction will also be provided so they will have a few tunes to play by the time their instruments are completed.

The Cardboard Dulcimer
allows the most creative freedom because of the low cost of materials. The cardboard dulcimer lends itself to wild paint jobs, as you can see in the pictures. These dulcimers are appropriate for fourth through tenth grades.

These dulcimers have been successfully used in school music programs. They were built for the school and then loaned out to students as part of the music program. The Wooden Dulcimer requires, for the most part, only hand tool work, as basic parts are supplied. Students design the peg head, sound holes and shape of the sound box. The result is a unique instrument with good sound and action.* Building time for wooden dulcimers is forty to sixty hours. These dulcimers are appropriate for eleventh grade and up.

*Action refers to the ease with which the strings are pressed down on the frets with you fingers.

Vermont Arts Council link for Arts & Crafts: My listing in the Teaching Artist Roster.

I may be reached at 802-767-3790.
Jeremy Seeger
P.O.Box 193
Rochester, VT 05767

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