A dozen or so people gather in a rehearsal space at the Eastman Community Music School, near the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs Street. They are playing an instrument called the hammered dulcimer, which requires the use of small sticks or hammers to ping against the strings of an instrument which was developed hundreds of years ago.
But except for their teacher, Mitzie Collins, most of these students are not professional musicians, nor do they plan to pursue that career.
As Collins explained, they are just taking her lessons on the instrument because it’s enjoyable.
“I love adult learners, because they’re not doing it to make anybody happy but them. I would say a certain number of my adult students have wanted to play an instrument but just time and money and things never made that possible.”