Linda Brockinton has been playing music since age 11. A flute major in college, she became accomplished and played with the Arkansas Symphony, during its inception years of the late 60s. While Linda always dreamed of being a music teacher, she put that dream on the back burner to raise her children. In the late 80s, she took up the mountain dulcimer. Linda had the desire to become proficient enough to teach others how to play.

    Linda won the Southern Regional Dulcimer Championship in 1999 and was the first woman to win the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in 2001. Since then, she has been teaching around the country at dulcimer, folk and Irish festivals. She has written 9 instructional books for the dulcimer and recorded 8 CDs.

    Linda teaches private flute and dulcimer lessons in her home. She prefers the softer side of the dulcimer, with her favorite music being Celtic, hymns and folk/old time. Linda writes many pieces with multi-parts for playing by small, intimate groups. Her preferred style of playing the dulcimer is finger picking. The word dulcimer comes from the Latin words “dulce melos,” which means “sweet sound” Many folks feel the dulcimer is the most peaceful of all instruments.

    Linda is also a poet and songwriter. Here are her feelings on music:

 

THE WONDER OF MUSIC

© Linda Brockinton

 

A melody swirls in my head

Accompanied with words

And harmonies and phrases,

Music silently heard.

 

Full of pulses and rhythms

Keeping time with my heart

Drawing from my soul

In the deepest parts.

 

In my music is hidden

Love, joys and stress

Disappointments, trials,

Sadness and happiness.

 

For others I begin to play

My emotions concealed

And through the wonder of music

You will feel what I feel.

 

Here is the wonder of music

I want you to see

The gift that I give you

Is a part of me.