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Danielle Savage

Guitar (beginner to intermediate), piano (beginner to intermediate), composition, songwriting

Danielle Savage is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who writes and performs music in a diverse range of genres, from folk to synth-pop, chamber music to soundscapes, installation art, and more. Her first instrument was the piano; as a teenager she switched to guitar. As soon as she learned a few chords, she grew passionate about songwriting and began busking. She began hitchhiking and performing all over North America, both solo and in bands. Over the next decade she released 7 albums of original songs. In 2012 she returned to the formal music education she had abandoned as a teenager, obtaining both a BFA in Composition and a BFA in Electroacoustics from Concordia University in Montréal, QC. She studied piano with Laurie Altman, and composition with Sandeep Bhagwati, Kevin Austin, and José Luis Hurtado.

Danielle has since made sound and music for installation, film, loudspeakers, bands, and ensembles, always continuing to write both songs and compositions. She has had works presented at: Ignite the Arts, San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Foro De Música Nueva, Festival Muchas Músicas, Visiones Sonoras, 60x60 festival, Montreal/ New Musics, Festival Días Diseño, ArtsWells, Kulaks Woodshed, Lux Magna Festival, as well as countless performance venues. 

As a teacher, Danielle’s goal is to give students the music lessons she wishes she had. She focuses on getting students to listen deeply and explore their creative potential while honing their technical abilities. She believes in emphasizing both traditional skills and experimentation: learning repertoire, harmony, and sight-reading can be developed alongside improvisation and style. Danielle aims to help students cultivate a lifelong love of the craft - whether their goal is to perform, compose, write, or produce songs, or just ... to play!

Danielle Savage
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