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Albuquerque, NM 87111
505. 237.2048


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Announcing new business hours! Starting the first week in September, Apple Mountain Music will be open Fridays from 11:00am - 5:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am - 4:00pm. We will be available by appointment only Monday through Thursday. Call 505-237-2048 or email Debra at to schedule a time. Apple Mountain Music will continue to host evening classes during the week, private lessons each day, workshops, classes and sessions on Saturdays and our wonderful house concerts! We sincerely appreciate the love and support from our musical community and look forward to continuing to serve you!


*       Third Saturday Celtic Session - Tom Tunney, host. Please join us on the third Saturday afternoon of every month for an open Irish Session. All skill levels are welcome! This session is designed for anyone who wants to learn and practice Celtic tunes. We will start with a set list that contains about 100 common session tunes and we will add new ones when we master the first group. Basic session etiquette will be discussed and followed, but we will play at any easy tempo that is slower than a typical session, and the tunes will be repeated numerous times. The use of sheet music is welcomed, but memorizing tunes is encouraged. Click here for the set list. We hope you will take the set list with you to work on, and we will discuss resources that are available to help you learn the tunes at home. Looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd Saturday of every month!
3rd Saturday of every month           2:00pm - 4:00pm           Fee: Donation

*       How to Sing in a Choir! Cathleen Wilder, Instructor. Please join us for this fun, supportive 10 week introduction to (or fine-tuning of) choral skills! Half skills-class, half choir, together we will study vocal technique, ear-training, sight-singing and part-singing. We will sing rounds and part songs from a variety of genres including folk, spirituals, madrigals and more! The term will culminate with a low-key performance. No experience necessary, but regular attendance and the basic ability to carry a tune are. Singer, teacher, and workshop presenter, Cathleen Wilder has been teaching the popular How to Sing in the Shower classes for over twenty years and is the former director of the Laughing Spirit Chorus. A dynamic, fun and inspiring teacher, her uniquely effective style draws from a variety of disciplines including, yoga, dance, world music, psychology and spirituality, not to mention 15 years of singing with top-notch choirs including the Eugene Bach Festival Chorus and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. A west coast native, Cathleen has brought her playful, holistic, non-judgmental teaching style to a numerous venues including Seattle Folklife, the Seattle World Rhythm Festival, Willamette Valley Folk Festival and Breitenbush Hotsprings Retreat Center. Her work has been reviewed by the Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times and on Weekend America. This class will be held at Apple Mountain Music. Please call 505-237-2048 to register.

Saturday afternoons, September 13 – November 15, 2014           4:00-5:30pm          Fee: $130 or bring a friend at two for $220!


*       Scott & Johanna Hongell-Darsee In Concert - Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee present The Mountain King, (last performed at NYU's The Provincetown Playhouse in May in Greenwhich Village, NYC). This Scandinavian myth is told through medieval ballads from Finland, Sweden and the British Isles, and is a parallel of the ancient Greek Myth Persephone: A curious young woman at odds with her mother follows a mysterious figure into the mountain underworld where she forgets who she is...
The second set will feature special guest Dr Tej Bhavsar on Sitar with Johanna on vocals and Scott on guitar. This will be a modern adventure in a fusion of styles based on traditional Ragas from Southern and Northern India.
Johanna was nominated this year for Best Vocal Performance by the New Mexico Music Awards for their CD 'The Wandering Ballad' (2014). She uses live “sound on sound recording” in her live performances. Scott accompanies Johanna on various guitars, bass and Weissenborn slide guitar.
After relocating to New Mexico from Scandinavia in 2001, Scott and Johanna have given over 350 performances around the U.S., at festivals, theatres, arts councils, colleges, schools, libraries, and radio. You won’t want to miss this very special show! The concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque, Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your tickets as space is limited!

Saturday evening September 13, 2014           7:00pm           Admission: $15


*        You CAN Learn to Play the Harp! Sandi Ludescher, Instructor. When you hear harp music do you always wish that you would've learned to play? Or, maybe, you are like many people that say, "In my next life, I'm going to learn to play a harp!" Well, don't wait for your next life—do it in this life! Don't wait until you get to heaven to play harp, either. Get a head start--DO IT NOW! It's not too late--and this class is perfect for you! Your instructor Sandi Ludescher didn't start playing harp until she was 40 years old. And, now, she may be one of the busiest professional harpists in New Mexico. In this 4-week class for beginners, Sandi will demystify harp techniques and show you how easy it is to get started playing the harp. Knowing how to read music is not required. What you do need though, is curiosity, an open mind and adventurous spirit! This class will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Call 505-237-2048 to register. Required text: Play the Harp Beautifully, available at Apple Mountain Music.
Tuesday evenings October 14th through November 4, 2014           6:30pm – 8:30pm           Fee: $85


*        Introduction to DADGAD Guitar Sarah McQuaid, Instructor. Sarah McQuaid is the author of a guitar tutor, The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists,” and has developed An Introduction To DADGAD, for players with little or no experience of DADGAD. In this workshop Sarah will cover:

1. The DADGAD tuning
2. The modes
3. A few general guitar playing tips
4. Basic chord shapes in DADGAD
5. The capo and its uses
6. Chord patterns for backing tunes
7. Backing guitar styles
8. Backing songs in DADGAD
9. Playing melody in DADGAD

Sarah has presented DADGAD workshops at music schools, festivals, arts centres, private homes and other venues in the UK, Ireland, the USA, Holland and Germany. This workshop will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to register.

Friday afternoon October 10, 2014           4:00 – 6:00pm           Fee: $35


*        Sarah McQuaid – In Concert – Sarah McQuaid is a singer, guitarist, songwriter and author of The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book. Her voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine.” (Minor 7th) A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as stunning musicianship; in her hands the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries. Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Prior to this concert, Sarah will present a workshop Introduction to DADGAD. Both the concert and workshop will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to register. Space for the concert is limited!

Friday evening October 10, 2014           7:00pm           Admission: $20 ($15 for workshop attendees)


*        Mountain Dulcimer: Beginning – Irma Reeder, Instructor. This instrument is widely used in the American old-time music tradition, as well as Celtic and other styles. Its origins are traced back to the early 1800's from the Scots-Irish in the southern Appalachian Mountains. In this class you will learn to play both chords and melodies in the DAD tuning. While some music theory will be covered, you don't need any previous musical experience to be successful! It is not necessary to own a dulcimer as instruments will be available during classes. If you own one, please bring it! Required Text: First Lessons Dulcimer by Joyce Ochs, available for purchase at Apple Mountain Music. This class is being offered through the Department of Continuing Education at UNM, class number 12759. Preregistration is required – click here to register.

Monday evenings October 13 – November 3, 2014           7:00 – 8:30pm           Fee: $85


*        5th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival! - Please join us October 18th and 19th for the 5th annual NM Dulcimer festival! Headliners this year are Karen Ashbrook, Sam Rizzetta, Linda Brockington and Mark Nelson. Please visit for more information and to download your registration form! Early registration is only $95! After September 15th, $120.


*        Irish Fiddle Course - Harlow Pinson, Instructor. Join Harlow Pinson for six two-hour workshops on playing traditional Irish fiddle. We will explore technique, effective practice, Irish rhythms, regional styles and history, ornamentation, and tune acquisition: learning both by ear, and from the written note. We will learn about the Irish music "session" and find the skills and confidence to play in one. This class is for advanced beginners or intermediates. Beginners at the violin will have difficulty. Cellos and violas are welcome if you can read treble clef. You should have basic violin skills and be able to play through a few tunes on your own. Book: O'Neill's Music of Ireland. (Be sure and get the un-abridged version that includes O'Carolan Planxty compositions). Available at Apple Mountain Music.

-- Harlow Pinson has been playing Irish fiddle music since he was young. He was classically trained as a Suzuki violinist in the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory program, and later studied jazz violin at The Berklee school of Music. He plays many different musical instruments and styles, and performs with several ensembles, and has taught music to small groups for over 20 years. This class will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to register. Note: this class will require at least four participants so if you plan to attend, please register early.
Tuesday evenings, November 11 - December 16, 2014          7:00pm - 9:00pm           Fee: $100


*        Holiday Music for Mountain DulcimerIrma Reeder, Instructor. Get a head start on the holidays! This class is for anyone who enjoys Christmas music. Whether you are a beginning or intermediate mountain dulcimer player, if you can read tab and play basic chords, you will enjoy learning fresh arrangements of both traditional and lesser known carols. Come join the fun! Call Apple Mountain Music at 505-237-2048 to register.

Saturday morning November 15, 2014           9:00am – 11:00am           Fee: $25 plus tax payable to Irma Reeder


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Note: Please register early as workshops with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled. If this happens, we will be sure to promptly notify you by phone or email. Please make sure to leave a reliable phone and/or email address when registering and check your voice mail or email the day before the workshop is scheduled to take place. If your workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, inclement weather, instructor illness, or any other reason, you will have the option of a full refund or funds being applied toward another workshop.


And Don't Forget...


Harps of Serenity - A Beginner's Harp Circle

  1st Saturday of the month.

11:30 - 1:00pm

Fee: $5.00


Jamming for Fun/Beginner's Jam

2nd Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 3:30pm


Open Irish Session

3rd Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Apple Mountain Jam

 Intermediate to Advanced

4th Saturday of the month

 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Canterbury Harp Ensemble

1st Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 


Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer Class

2nd Saturday of the month

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Fee: $20



Hammered Dulcimer for Advanced Beginners

 George Miles, Instructor. This group class will be an opportunity for beginning hammer dulcimer players with some experience to slowly and methodically take their skills to higher levels on a progressive basis. This new Advanced Beginner's group will be an on-going, monthly session that will focus on applying basic techniques to various forms of music in an ensemble setting. We will apply our knowledge of strategic hammer patterns, ornamentation, and musicality to music arranged in multiple voices. Please note: as a consideration to other members of the group, please be sure your dulcimer is tune when you arrive.

3rd Saturday of each month

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Fee: $20


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