Ida Mae Specker is a 3rd generation fiddler, performing artist and educator from Andover, Vermont.
As a touring artist, Ida Mae is intent on bringing traditional American music to the next level. Her live show synthesizes her diverse influences and features original, contemporary lyrics set to old-time melodies with a rock n’ roll backbeat. A powerhouse on stage, she fiddles, drums and sings simultaneously in a whirlwind of passion and virtuosity.
As an educator, she creates and presents age-appropriate, multi-media lessons in the history and theory of old-time music, using a combination of audio samples, historical images, video footage, live demonstrations, and hands-on instruction. Specker's teaching style emphasizes ear-training, chord progressions, rhythmic structure, and the differences between folk and classical music. She has collaborated with visual art and humanities departments in creating cross-disciplinary programs that teach American history and culture through the study of folk music.
Her father, John Specker, is a master fiddle and clawhammer banjo player with a repertoire of over 400 traditional tunes, who often collaborates with her in teaching workshops and giving performances and demonstrations.
Ida Mae has experience teaching private lessons, intensive workshops, and as an artist-in-residence at local schools. She taught at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, VT, in 2010, for a group of advanced high school music students, and has an upcoming residency at Flood Brook Elementary School for all students in grades 1-8. The length of the residency, age of students, and area of focus are all flexible and adapted to meet department needs.
For more information visit www.idamaespecker.com. Under 'workshops,' read testimonials and reviews from students and collaborators. Ida Mae also writes an educational blog about the historical and stylistic evolution of fiddle tunes.
Old-time music is special in that it is technically accessible to even a complete beginner. Ida Mae is devoted to keeping the chain of American heritage music unbroken.
For more information on booking a performance, workshop or residency, and for rates and availability, please contact Ida Mae.