You can catch Annie’s final few performances in Iowa on May 18 (IC Farmer’s Market) June 4 (Bunker Hill Bridge), June 8, and June 9 (ArtsFest)!

With recent performances at the IBMA Band Ramble and a #1 hit single on the International Folk DJ Charts, The Savage Hearts are the award winning fiery fiddler Annie Savage in concert with Warren Hanlin, Marc Janssen, and original Prairie Home Companion cast member Dave Hanson. The Savage Hearts are a western swing band with a curtsy to bluegrass…and storytelling that’ll bring a tear to a glass eye. Their good buddy Greg Blake, says, “Even the most wayward prodigal would have trouble resisting the compelling grace that exudes from The Savage Hearts”. You can catch Greg with the band on Annie’s most recent studio album entitled, “Teaching Learning and Loving”…grab one in the store here!


Celebrating the class, Hear My Voice in the news…this is a hip-hop and songwriting lab that Annie founded and funded for the Iowa City Community School District. Many of the students in Hear My Voice can be seen performing life in the region and have gone onto rich musical careers. Read more about HEAR MY VOICE HERE


My passion for music education and dedication to fostering creativity and innovation among my students extends beyond the classroom and the stage. In my pursuit of advancing the field of music education, I have conducted extensive research focused on exploring and overcoming the barriers that string teachers face when implementing nontraditional courses and ensembles.

My dissertation, titled “String Teachers Who Overcome the Barriers to Nontraditional Courses and Ensembles,” delves into the challenges and opportunities that educators encounter when venturing beyond the traditional boundaries of string pedagogy. Through in-depth interviews and comprehensive analysis, this research seeks to understand the strategies and mindsets that empower string teachers to break new ground and create diverse, inclusive, and engaging learning experiences for their students.

Professional Affiliations and Recent Performances

2020 Mentor of the Year
Member, Eclectic Styles Committee

Announcing the Free Strings Method!

Free Strings! Calling all educators and workshop seekers! Free Strings is Annie’s culturally inclusive online method for teaching improvisation and creative string playing. Literally free.

Bring Annie in for a workshop! Free the Strings!

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