Steve Schneider, described as a master of the hammered dulcimer, is known for his energetic yet relaxed playing, sensitive and thoughtful approach, and innovative style. The dulcimer has been a part of his life since 1984, and he continues to use it for recording, teaching, performing, music therapy, and composing. Steve's hammered dulcimer credentials include playing on movie sound tracks, radio and tv commercials, and documentaries. He is the first (and last) hammered dulcimer player on Broadway, playing in the award-winning musical, The Secret Garden, from 1991 to 1993. With a Master's degree in music therapy, independent studies in Dalcroze Eurythmics and piano, and an intuitive sense of the process of learning, Steve is both a master performer and a gifted teacher. He has performed and taught at festivals from coast to coast, and he teaches hammered dulcimer and piano privately in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Originally from NYC, you can hear the influence of all kinds of music in Steve's playing. He continues to explore new repertoire for the hammered dulcimer, and specializes in a softer yet still virtuosic approach to the instrument. Tuesday's Child is Steve's first recording, and is described as 'One of the best hammered dulcimer albums to come along in a long time' by Sampler Records. Produced by cellist Abby Newton, it features the hammered dulcimer along with a variety of other instruments playing traditional and original music from France, Ireland, Wales, Switzerland, and the USA. Other artists on Tuesday's Child include Artie Traum on guitar, John Kirk on violin, Abby Newton on cello, Selma Kaplan on piano, Scott Petito on bass, and Christa Patton on flutes, recorder, guitar, and percussion. Steve is a regular contributor to Dulcimer Players News, the country's leading dulcimer magazine. His articles, geared especially for hammered dulcimer players, cover topics from preparation for performance, the pleasures and paradoxes of practicing, and the importance of both inhaling and exhaling. He is the director of the Northern Lights Hammered Dulcimer Retreat, a week-long workshop for advanced students in Ontario, Canada. He has three recordings on his Salient MusicWorks label and has produced one music book, 'The Music of Tuesday's Child,' a companion to Tuesday's Child, for the hammered dulcimer.