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Teaches at Meadowood: Alternate Saturdays
Betty is a rock solid old-time fiddler who teaches her art at Meadowood Music. Betty prefers to play and teach in the aural tradition, relying on playing tunes for and with her students and recording lessons as her primary teaching methods. She's studied under Dave Bing, Bill Hicks, Bruce Molsky and Mike Bryant; the late Wilson Douglas of West Virginia was also one of her mentors.
Betty co-hosts the once-a-month old-time jam at Meadowood (Friday evenings, dates posted on the news page of this web site). With her family band, The Druckenmillers, she has recorded four CDs: The Road Home, ‘Til the Clouds Roll By, Harvest Time, and Morning Star. The Druckenmiller family has shared the stage with Beausoleil, Byron Berline, Bill Hicks, Jones & Leva, Brad Leftwich, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. Venues include the stage at Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Teaching beginning to intermediate old-time fiddlers, Betty emphasizes listening to traditional string band music of the past – especially styles that combine fiddle and clawhammer banjo. She employs and teaches older tunings characteristic of the old-time style. Betty accepts students of all ages. As someone who began playing fiddle as an adult, Betty has unique insight when she teaches adult beginners. With decades of professional experience working with young children and formal training in early education, she also has special skills to offer the very young student. Meadowood is delighted to have Betty as one of its teachers.