2020: All Private Lessons, Group Classes, and Activities are Suspended Until Further Notice! Please enjoy this site as a resource for study methods and free music. 

Please keep making music through the pandemic. It’s good for your health!


I teach mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer in my home on the southwest side of Indianapolis. All ages welcome!

I teach individual lessons. Students are invited to join a group/ensemble class on two Saturdays each month, at no additional charge.



Individual tuition is $30/hour, once per week, or $15/half hour, twice per week. The split lesson is a good option for children.

Please pay the monthly tuition of $120 by the 5th of the month. If there is a fifth week in a month, that lesson is free!


DATES AND TIMES – Chicory Folk Music School is open during these hours:

Private lessons: Weekday evenings

Group classes: Saturday afternoons



The reason for these policies is to allow me to keep Chicory Folk Music School open as a business. I am committed to helping my students reach their goals! I need your commitment to attending your lessons and making it possible for me to budget for my income each month. If I don’t know who is coming or when, then I am unable to….

  1. book another student into your missed and unpaid time slot,
  2. pursue other employment during that time, or
  3. count on my monthly income for the paying of bills – without this, I would have to close the music school.

I do not have the wealth or free time to accommodate drop-in lessons or create and practice lessons for free, so like most music teachers, I must enforce these policies. They are typical for private music lessons. Your registration and tuition “lock in” your lesson time and my commitment to preparing and practicing for your lessons.

For individual students, please register for three months (a quarter) at a time. The registration fee of $12 helps to cover the investment of creating and printing your lessons for the quarter. Registration months are January, April, July, and October.

Tuition of $120 is due by the 5th of each month, based on four weeks per month. If there is a fifth week in the month, that lesson is free.

Cash or check only; no credit card or online payment methods available at this time. Checks can be mailed; just email for the address.



There will be no refund if you cancel or miss a lesson.

I will reschedule one missed lesson per quarter. Makeup lessons will be held on a Saturday.

If I have to cancel for some reason (extremely rare, but I do have children at home so there might be a situation), I will refund OR reschedule your lesson, whichever you prefer. Rescheduled lessons will be held on a Saturday.



Click HERE to learn about the types of lessons I teach!


Contact info:

Please contact me with any questions, or if you’re ready to sign up! Email me at chicoryfolkmusic@gmail.com with your name, your contact preferences such as whether to email or call or text, and a good time to reach you if you’d like me to call.