folk singer-songwriter

“What Amy Speace says – what she sings – she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity,” The New York Times.  

I’ll be teaching songwriting and performance this festival season:

May 27-31, 2019 - Kerrville Song School, Kerrville TX

July 29-August 2, 2019 - Swannanoa Gathering, Contemporary Folk Week, Swannanoa NC

August 12-15, 2019 - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School, Lyons CO

Nashville, TN 

Join me and a maximum of 13 other songwriters in an intimate weekend in the beautiful woods of rural Tennessee to spend time deep diving into your creativity. Whether you are hoping to write your first song or work on your 100th, these retreats are designed to nurture your muse, guide you to hear your own truth, your own authentic voice in your writing. Through writing prompts, we find our way down into our own wells, to find stories and our own “language of lyric”. We work on songs we’ve already written. We write new songs.  We collaborate with each other and create a trusting community where it's safe to try new things and encourage each other.  These workshops will give you tools to get you out of a 'rut' or a 'writer's block', to find ideas all around  you, to start the song, and even finish the song. We will discover ways to alleviate stage fright and help take the mystery away from performing your songs in front of other people, whether you're singing to your family and friends or on stages to hundreds of people.  And there is ample time in the weekend built in to give you space to create, sing, hike the trails, share songs and ‘retreat’. Morning movement and meditation, delicious community meals and evening guests culled from the talent-rich pool of Nashville’s artistic community to inspire you, give yourself the gift of a weekend dedicated to your muse!

Amy has taught songwriting, voice and performance at: Berklee College of Music, The Swannanoa Gathering Contemporary Folk Week, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song School, Kerrville Folk Festival Song School, Sisters Folk Festival Americana Arts Academy, Lamb's Retreat For Songwriters, NSAI, NERFA, The International Folk Alliance Conference, and privately via Skype. 


Amy possesses a passion to teach what she knows and has been an integral part of the performance faculty at the Song School for nearly two decades. I consider her classes mandatory for all performing songwriters.
— Steve Szkymanski, Director, Song School, Rocky Mtn. Folks Festival

In songwriting and in self, I left knowing what authenticity looks like...a sense of community developed and an ability to draw people out of the fear and comfort zones into that community..[it was] a tremendous gift in a world of competition.
— Audrey, Fall 2015 workshop attendee
Amy Speace is a brilliant and intuitive performance teacher, with hard earned wisdom to offer her students, and the passion and courage to convey it.
— Mary Gauthier, Singer/Songwriter & Teacher