Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Ida Mae Specker

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.

 

 

Additional Links: 
Bandcamp

I Have Worked With

  • January 2020

    Teach and organize private and group fiddle lessons for 15 students per week, and teach Folk Singing class to 13 students per week at Flood Brook Elementary School in Londonderry, VT. Responsible for curricula development, teaching, and organizing yearly recital.

    https://sites.google.com/brsu.org/floodbrookschool/home 

  • November 2019

    http://fireinthekitchen.org/concert-schedule/

    Performed concert and played for contra dance series at Fire in the Kitchen in Madison, CT, with Terrible Mountain Stringband.

  • October 2019

    Performed for Caravan to Winter Wondergrass at Earth Sky Time Community Farm in Manchester, VT with Terrible Mountain Stringband.

    www.winterwondergrass.com

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Ida Mae
Job Title/Position: 
Musician, Touring Artist, Teaching Artist
Mailing Address: 
2116 Middletown Road
Chester, VT 05143
Physical Address: 
2116 Middletown Road
Chester, VT 05143
Last Name: 
Specker
Phone: 
(802) 734-7183

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Traditional
Additional Disciplines: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - General
Music - Children's
Music - Folk
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
2010
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
French
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
Brown University, B.A. Anthropology
Awards: 
N/A

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Varies. Can perform acoustic.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
7

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$50