Folk Instrument Faculty
Folk Instrument Faculty
Sheila Hunter grew up in a musical family and began studying piano when she was in elementary school. After several years of piano instruction, she became interested in other stringed instruments, including guitar, banjo and mandolin, and played in a folk gospel trio for several years. In the late 1980s, Sheila heard and saw her first hammered dulcimer. Captivated by the sound of the instrument, she depleted her savings account to buy one.
She is a regular performer at church services, weddings, funerals, dances and school events. Sheila taught the hammered dulcimer tuning class at the Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival for several years, and currently leads the string ensemble at Trinity Presbyterian Church once a month. She loves all stringed instruments, and as owner of Hunter Piano Service (the exclusive piano technician of the UNCSA Community Music School), she stays very busy keeping them in tune.
Sheila teaches hammered dulcimer to beginning and intermediate students. She uses the Linda Lowe Thompson instructional books along with some of her own arrangements. Students learn standard notation for reading music (not tablature) and are encouraged to supplement their music reading with ear training. At the first lesson, Sheila teaches each student the basics of how to tune and care for the dulcimer, how to the hold hammers and how to strike the strings. By the end of the first one-hour lesson, the beginning student is able to play a simple song. She also offers short-term dulcimer rentals for registered students who want to try one out before purchasing their own.
Tyson Morrow has taught guitar extensively using methods from his education at the Boston’s famous Berklee College of Music, where he earned a B.A. in Composition in 1992. Prior teaching experience includes 11 years at the Meridian School of Music in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tyson’s performance credentials span a wide variety of styles including Top 40 Country, Pop, R&B, Progressive Folk/Bluegrass and performances with the Winston-Salem Symphony. He currently performs with several groups in the Piedmont area, and has used his composition background to pen guitar parts for the musicals “Eating Raoul” and Steven Soundheim’s “Assassins” with the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance. Tyson’s teaching style balances music fundamentals with the interests of individual students to create a comprehensive and engaging lesson experience.