Lorinda Jones MA MT-BC Music Therapist owner of Music Therapy Service of Central Kentucky Lorinda Jones is a nationally recognized performer, teacher, and recording artist of the mountain dulcimer.
Lorinda became interested in the mountain dulcimer as a music educator in the public schools. Her first self-published books were developed as instructional and song materials for her classroom and ensembles. As she began teaching adults, she continued to arrange music to meet the needs of her students. It was during this time, she formed the community dulcimer club, now an active non-profit organization striving to preserve the traditional music of Kentucky and southern Appalachia. This group is active in the community, sponsors a traditional music festival, and under the guidance of Lorinda, produced two traditional music CD recordings.
Since her initial involvement with teaching dulcimer, arranging music, and leading performing ensembles, Lorinda has gone on to have a successful solo featuring the history and playing of the mountain dulcimer in Kentucky. Three of her books are published by Mel Bay Publications, five or her CD recordings feature the mountain dulcimer, and she is a contributing artist on both the "Great Players of the Mountain Dulcimer" by Michael Shull, and "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Play Christmas", by Susan Trump.
Lorinda has taught and performed at festivals and camps across the United States, including Kentucky Music Week, Swannanoa Gathering near Asheville, NC, and Meadowlark Music Camp, in Maine.
As an extension to her music therapy and dulcimers in the classroom work, she has developed a method of teaching the dulcimer to special learners and a sequential program that uses colors, numbers, and an adapted approach for success.
She remains an active member of the Kentucky Arts on Tour Directory (a juried directory of the Kentucky Arts Council), performing for schools, Kentucky Crafted Market venues, and other local and state events.
"Lorinda's (dulcimer) playing is typically terrific, tremendously tasteful, totally titillating, and, as always, suits my ear to . wait for it . a 'T'. No Shadows CD review, DPN, Neal Walters