Steve Schneider, master of the hammered dulcimer, is known for
his energetic yet relaxed playing, sensitive and thoughtful approach,
and innovative style. The dulcimer has been a part of his life since
1984, and he continues to use it for recording, teaching, performing,
music therapy, and composing.
Steve's hammered dulcimer credentials include playing on movie
sound tracks, radio and tv commercials, and documentaries. He was
the first hammered dulcimer player on Broadway, playing in the award-winning
musical, The Secret Garden, from 1991 to 1993.
With a Master's degree in music therapy, independent studies in
Dalcroze Eurythmics and piano, and an intuitive sense of the process
of learning, Steve is both a master performer and a gifted teacher.
He has taught at dulcimer festivals from coast to coast, and his
classes always reach into the deeper aspects of music, performing,
and practice. He teaches hammered dulcimer and piano privately in
Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Steve is a regular contributor to Dulcimer Players News where
you can read his column, "The Art of Performing."His articles cover
topics from preparation for performance, the pleasures and paradoxes of practicing,
and the importance of both inhaling and exhaling.
He is the director of the Northern Lights Hammered Dulcimer Retreat,
a week-long workshop for advanced students in Ontario, Canada. For
students who can't make it to Bloomfield Hills, MI or Ontario, Steve
has created Long-Distance-Learning lessons, making it possible for
students to have customized private lessons without ever leaving
their homes. He has three recordings on his Salient MusicWorks label
and has produced one music book, The Music of Tuesday's Child,
a companion to his first recording, Tuesday's Child, for
the hammered dulcimer.
Steve also plays piano, accordion and guitar and lives happily
in Michigan with his family and other animals, his snow blower, and his fond memories
of New York.