TEACHING BIOGRAPHY

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Dani is an award-winning educator committed to developing his teaching practice in classrooms and through research. He has been a guest artist or artist-in-residence leading clinics for universities, organizations and festivals across Canada, from the Northwest Territories to Newfoundland. He currently teaches music undergraduates and graduates at the University of Toronto (topics in improvisation, theory, composition, ensemble, saxophone, and guest lectures), where students have twice nominated him for teaching awards. On the Canadian east coast, in addition to having served on the faculties of Acadia University (saxophone, improvisation) and Jerry Granelli’s Creative Music Workshop (interdisciplinary ensembles, spontaneous composition), Dani has led and co-facilitated many diverse community-building arts projects:

  • Giving voice to homeless youths’ health concerns (Dalhousie University School of Social Work, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) 2008
  • Celebrating Canada’s oldest Black communities, in Preston (Arts Smarts, Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia) 2006
  • Connecting elders and youth in a Nova Scotian fishing village: Sambro (Arts Smarts, Four C’s Foundation) 2005
  • Interactive instrument-building installations (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia) 2004-2007
  • Interactive children’s puppet shows (Halifax Region Public Libraries) 2004-2007
  • Exploring Francophone music traditions at a Francophone school (Alliance Française, Canadian Parents for French) 2004
  • Violence and suicide prevention for at-risk communities (The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Youth Against Violence International Workshop) 1997

Daniel frequently works with renowned and influential pedagogues:
Jerry Granelli (Hochshule für Musik Berlin, Creative Music Workshop), David Tronzo (Berklee), Julian Priester (Cornish), Jay Clayton (Peabody), Susanne Chui (Mocean Dance), Shauntay Grant (Dalhousie), Dave Douglas (Banff), Mike Murley (U of T), Nasim Niknafs (U of T), J Granelli (SIM), Jim Lewis (U of T), Don Palmer (Dalhousie), Pamela Beach (Queen’s), Chase Sanborn (U of T), Sageev Oore (Google Brain, Saint Mary’s), Christine Duncan (U of T), Nick Fraser (U of T), Michael Blake (New School), Paul Fowler (Naropa)…

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MASTERCLASS TEACHING VIDEO
 (includes excerpts)
TEACHING REVIEW QUOTES
RESEARCH BIO