Ellen Carlsonís twin passions are fiddle music and mathematics.
Ellen has been playing, recording and teaching fiddle music for 30 years, and is a New Hampshire-certified middle school math teacher with 15 yearsí classroom experience. She holds a Masterís Degree in Education, and has taught a variety of subjects to first-graders, college students, and every level in-between. Ellen plays with great joy and proficiency across a variety of musical styles. She has performed with the swing trio Sweet, Hot & Sassy; with the award-winning country band the Blue Hill Kickers, and the high-energy acoustic roots band High Range. She also plays for square dances and in bluegrass, old-timey, and rock bands.
Ellenís programs focus on integrating music and mathematics, and explore the rich intersections of music and history.
offered: Programs offered: Square Roots and Eight-Hands-Round, a long-term, integrated program on folk music, fiddling, square dancing, quilting, social studies and mathematics for first-to-eighth grade; Will the Circle Be Unbroken, a History of Women in Traditional Music, and Battle Cry of Freedom, Music from the Civil War for middle/high school students Ė also great for Civil War re-enactments; and Fiddling Styles and Folk Music as a Participatory Style, which highlights diverse fiddling styles, dancing, singing, hamboning and hand-clapping games for all ages. Ellenís programs often include other performers to accompany her high-energy fiddling and vocals. All programs meet requirements for New Hampshire curriculum frameworks.
statewide, year round
Fees start at $250 but vary depending on program. Individual Residencies: $300 - $350/day plus travel and accommodations, if necessary. Other performance fees depend on number of performers, time and travel. Contact artist for other fees.
22 Case Rd
Nottingham, NH 03290
Alt. Phone: 603/528-1705