If you don't live close enough to a teacher to take private lessons but are still looking for a way to move your playing forwards, check out the many weekend and week-long dulcimer festivals offered around the country. You'll have a chance to take workshops from many different teachers, play in jam sessions with players of all levels, and even get some performance experience at open mic events.
Karen has served as a local instructor and an out-of-town headliner at festivals across the country. She is known for her energetic teaching style, clear and accessible explanations, and expressive performances. Past festivals are listed below. All of the listed festivals are highly recommended.
Colorado Dulcimer Festival: 2013-2017; weekend festival in February, Denver, CO
New Mexico Dulcimer Festival: October 2014-2016; weekend festival in October/November, Albuquerque, NM
Kentucky Music Week: 2017; week-long festival in June, Bardstown, KY
Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival: 2016; weekend festival in October, Milford, CT
ODPC Funfest: 2015; half-week festival in July, Evart, MI