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Book a Lesson with Robert Brereton
Rob Brereton is considered one of the pioneers in contemporary mountain dulcimer playing. His years of studying classical guitar have polished his playing style while his degree in music theory and composition has given him a fresh approach to arranging.
Rob was one of the first dulcimer players to arrange extensively in chromatic and other alternate tunings. Although he specializes in the standards and early jazz tunes of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and the like, Rob is equally adept at playing the more traditional styles and dulcimer repertoire. The late mountain dulcimer master, David Schnaufer, called Rob’s playing “masterful...strong and innovative.” Rob's music is featured on his CD, Someone to Watch Over Me, as well as many other CDs as a guest artist.
Rob has taught all levels of dulcimer at most of the major dulcimer and folk festivals across the country. He was one of the organizers of the Housatonic Dulcimer Celebration and continues to organize the occasional Dulcimer Cruise.
In his everyday life, Rob teaches K-6 music in several schools and has many private students. He also composes, and he directs several choirs near his home in CT.
Rob is well known as a teacher who inspires his students. With a background in education and thirty years of teaching experience under his belt, Rob is well equipped for teaching in a style that is tailored to each individual. His past students have called him "gentle and encouraging" and "patient and reassuring." Many of Rob's students have gone on to become teachers and performers themselves.
Additionally, Rob has experience in nearly every area of mountain dulcimer playing, including classical, old time, celtic, and contemporary.
His past teaching venues include: John C Campbell Folk School, Appalachian State University, Davis & Elkins College: Augusta Heritage Center, Warren Wilson College: Swannanoa Gathering, Western Carolina University, Common Ground on the Hill, Kentucky Music Week, Soka University: California Summer Solstice Folk Music, Dance & Storytelling festival, Shenandoah University, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, Northeast Dulcimer Symposium, and scores of others.