About Mary Lynn

In 2012, Mary Lynn discovered a passion for playing the hammered dulcimer. and has studied intensively with Ken Kolodner, widely regarded as one of the nation's top hammered dulcimer players. She now teaches over 90 hammered dulcimer students privately and on FaceTime (from CA, NM, NY, TN, NH, AL, CO, MD, MI, and Australia). Mary Lynn also serves as an assistant instructor at the Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreats with Kolodner. Performances and teaching appearances include The Evart FunFest(MI), The National Cathedral (DC), The Black Mountain Festival(NC), Common Ground on the Hill(MD), The Poconos Dulcimer Festival(PA), North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association(GA), Kentucky Music Week (KY) and with Kolodner in Chicago, Watkins Glen, NY and elsewhere.

Mary Lynn began playing piano at the age of 6 and studied for 14 years. In sixth grade she played trumpet, but discovered her true passion the next year when she heard a french horn. She earned a Bachelor's degree in music education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master's degree in music education from Eastman School of Music. Mary Lynn has performed with the Durham Symphony for 20 years and served as Principal Horn for the past 5 years.

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Mary Lynn teaches private and group lessons in hammered dulcimer

From her studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, Mary Lynn maintains 90+ students on hammered dulcimer, piano, flute and French Horn. Trained at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, Mary Lynn has earned a masters degree in Music Education. As a hammered dulcimer player of just eight years, she has prepared dozens of students to attend Ken Kolodner's Sandbridge Hammered Dulcimer Retreats, an elite hammered dulcimer retreat held in Sandbridge Beach, VA. Mary Lynn has also been an instructor at numerous music festivals around the country including: The OPDC FunFest in Evart (2017-19), The Black Mountain Music Festival (2019-20), The Poconos Dulcimer Festival, North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association (2019), Kentucky Music Festival and Common Ground on the Hill(2020)

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Mary Lynn has performed on the main stage at The OPDC FunFest in Evart, MI (with Mark Grobner, Bob Hubbach, and Bing Futch), at The National Cathedral in Washington, DC with a children's choir, and has performed with Ken Kolodner at the Common Ground on the Hill festival (MD), Watkins Glen (NY), The Black Mountain Music Festival (NC) and elsewhere. Locally, she has performed for church services and private events. Her love for the instrument and for the music is shared with her students and audience members.

See What People Are Saying

"...Mary Lynn has turned into an outstanding player and teacher of the instrument. As a teacher, she is superbly patient and encouraging, and possesses an intuitive ability to diagnose technical issues. I enthusiastically refer gigs and students to Mary Lynn. You will be in great hands!"

~Ken Kolodner,  Hammered Dulcimer instructor and performer

"Mary Lynn is an "always" musician: always on time (always early), always prepared, always musically expressive, always easy to work with. Whether playing the horn or hammered dulcimer, I have had the pleasure of experiencing her "A game" every single time, without even a hint of "look at me" attitude. She is an ideal musician!"

~David Stuntz, Director of Music, Blacknail Church.

"Whether it's over Skype or in person, Mary Lynn's teaching methods are clearly accessible, targeted, and effective. My student has developed his skills impressively with Mary Lynn's help. More importantly, he went from discouraged and stuck to encouraged, motivated, and ready to tackle new challenges. I will absolutely refer students to Mary Lynn in the future"

~Karen Alley,  National Hammered Dulcimer Champion

"Her infectious love of music makes the often-arduous journey of mastering the dulcimer joyful, and her advocacy for each of her pupils will leave you feeling as though you are her only student."

~Mark H,   hammered dulcimer student of 3 years

"I had no idea that I would find one of the premiere teachers and players in the country. Mary Lynn can adjust her teaching to find a method that suits you completely. She is the best music teacher that I have ever had!"

~Larz D.,  

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