Daniel is an award-winning educator committed to developing his teaching practice in classrooms, workshops, and through research for over twenty years.

An international guest artist and artist-in-residence, their masterclasses and teaching at universities, conservatories, festivals, and arts organizations across North America & Europe, delivers creative and engaging learning experiences for the general public and specialized students alike.

Areas of interest include:

              • making art & connections (humanness, curiosity, connection & interaction, voice, multisensory stories & collaboration)
              • spontaneity & improvisation (perception-intuition-action, games)
              • idiomatic building blocks & composition (rhythm, timbre, melody, harmony, structure-time; Afrologic & Eurologic traditions & aesthetics, vocabulary & ear-training)
              • music technology (media, culture & tools… analog & digital)

Previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Grinnell College (sonic/musical activism, music technology, musicology, improvisation, ensemble), Daniel has taught 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 was nominated for and received teaching awards. He has also served on the faculties of Memorial University of Newfoundland (topics in classical saxophone, improvisation, musicology-folklore), Acadia University (saxophone, improvisation), Jerry Granelli’s Creative Music Workshop (interdisciplinary ensembles, spontaneous composition), and continues to lead and co/facilitate diverse community-building arts projects:

        • Celebrating and exploring queer dialogues across (visual, sonic, spatial-kinesthetic) modalities (Grinnell College Museum of Art, Iowa) 2021
        • 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), Andrew Staniland (MUN), Florian Hoefner (MUN), 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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