The Mystery of Modes Workshop

A weekend of exploring modes used for relaxation, in therapeutic music, and in Celtic and American traditional music. We'll cover defining characteristics and basic chord progressions as well as improvising. This workshop is geared to hammered dulcimers and harps, but other instruments are welcome.
Rental HDs and harps available.

Who Will Benefit From this Workshop?

Karen Ashbrook

About Karen:

Karen Ashbrook, CMP (Certified Music Practitioner) has had decades of musical adventures, starting with a solid classical music education growing up (piano, French horn, music theory, orchestra). In high school she discovered the world of traditional folk music and was soon on the road – literally (traversing the globe twice!) and figuratively – learning hammered dulcimer, banjo, pennywhistle, mandolin, wooden flute and more!

She is a professional hammered dulcimer performer and teacher and also runs and teaches at Irish music camps. She received her certification as a Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transitions Program ( and works regularly as a therapeutic musician.

Although not a harp player, she has strong connections with the Celtic harp world, having collaborated with several great players (and sitting in for years on her son's harp lessons!) She has taught at Augusta Heritage Center, Swannanoa Gathering, The Catskills Irish Arts Week, CCE MAD Week, and Kentucky Music Week. Her love of modal music, teaching and healing shine through in her workshops!


Contact Karen Ashbrook,, 301-655-0103.