Janet Herman's Workshops

Country Divas Part II (Intermediate)

If you attended Janet's Country Divas RDD workshop in 2016 you know how much fun we had playing classics recorded by country stars like Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and more. Now Janet has a whole new heap of heartbreak and honky-tonk to share, so y'all come on down!

Level: Some arrangements are intermediate and up, but beginners are also welcome to sit in and strum along with simple chords (provided) or just sing.

Dulcimer Duets with Peter Tommerup (Intermediate)

Playing instrumental music with others is a joy! Peter and Janet will share several of their dulcimer duet arrangements of traditional tunes to get you and your friends experiencing some sweet, satisfying harmonies. They will also discuss tips for duet arranging to get your own creative juices flowing. Ability to read tab recommended for this workshop.

Janet co-founded Redwood Dulcimer Day in 2001 and served as director for its first 10 years. As a dulcimer teacher she brings over 30 years of playing experience, fun original arrangements in several styles, and lots of enthusiasm, patience and encouragement.
Janet has a a broad background in music, having studied early music at UCR and earning a Ph.D. in Folklore/Ethnomusicology from UCLA with an emphasis in American folk music and shape note singing. Janet co-edited with Neal Hellman Music of the World for Mountain Dulcimer (Hal Leonard Pub., 2014) and was a featured performer in the documentary film Hearts of the Dulcimer (2013).

When not strumming dulcimer she can be found playing Irish music on tenor banjo and mandolin, or singing with the global vocal group Zambra.
She is also a senior writer and research consultant with the Music of Bhutan Research Centre based in Thimphu, Bhutan.