Cyntia Smith is a professional dulcimer player and teacher. She has produced, with Ruth Barrett, five studio albums, plus most recently a debut solo release, Soul Tending. Cyntia has been an instructor and performer at Appalachian State University Dulcimer Workshop in Boone, NC., The Swananoa Gathering in NC., and the Winterfest of Acoustic Music in Irving, Texas. Cyntia cofounded and served as the artistic director of the Harvest Festival of Dulcimers sponsored by the Southern California Dulcimer Heritage. Cyntia was master luthier Dale Foye's expert helper for a number of years and became an accomplished inlay artist for those customers desiring something unique with their instruments. She is a graduate of Chapman University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy and received her Doctorate in World Mythology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a board certified music therapist, and currently works to provide music therapy services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Cyntia has been teaching group and individual dulcimer lessons since 1979. She specializes in classical finger picking in the chord-melody style where the melody has chordal accompaniment played at the same time, as well as in creating harmonies and countermelodies.
The repertoire includes, but is not limited to, Early and Renaissance music, traditional Celtic and English songs and instrumentals, and contemporary folk.
Cyntia works with the diatonic and extra fretted dulcimers, and chromatic dulcimers. She also can assist in determining fingerings, and adding variations and ornamentations.
Cyntia is currently available for online Zoom lessons.
30 min. Zoom lessons: $40 each
60 minute Zoom lessons: $75 each
Fee is required at the time of the lesson.
To contact Cynthia about setting up a lesson, or for more information, send a message through our Contact page.
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