TEACHING BIOGRAPHY

Dani is an award-winning educator committed to developing his teaching practice in classrooms and through research. An international guest artist and artist-in-residence, Dani gives masterclasses and teaches at universities, conservatories, festivals, and arts organizations across Canada and Europe.

He currently teaches music undergraduates and graduates at the University of Toronto (topics in improvisation, theory, composition, ensemble, saxophone, and guest lectures in music education, voice, jazz), where he has been awarded and nominated 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

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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 Toronto), Nasim Niknafs (U of Toronto), J Granelli (SIM), Jim Lewis (U of Toronto), Don Palmer (Dalhousie), Pamela Beach (Queen’s), Diane Borsato (U of Guelph), Chase Sanborn (U of Toronto), Sageev Oore (Google Brain, Vector, Dalhousie), Christine Duncan (U of Toronto), Nick Fraser (U of Toronto), Paul Fowler (Naropa), Michael Blake (New School), Carol Vernallis (Stanford)…

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