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“Annie and The Savage Hearts did a fabulous job of engaging students from all ages of our string feeder area—
elementary through high school. The students and audience members loved the band’s performance and the high
energy they brought to our concert! The students had so much fun learning new songs by rote and the pieces were well-arranged
for a variety of levels of playing.”
-Julie Nelson (Orchestra Director, Castle Rock High School)


The Savage Fiddler Method has recently partnered with Annie’s band, The Savage Hearts (
to produce highly energetic informed performances with the help of a crew of professional bluegrass musicians, bringing you and your students, educators or festival goers the very best in performance AND education. Let us tailor a lesson to the needs of YOUR students that includes the following:

*5 piece professional bluegrass band that will perform for and back up your ensemble during the lesson

*An easy to follow curriculum that is grade level appropriate and includes either by ear or notated materials

*Online tools to enjoy after the session! (Check them out here:

So, consider bringing the magic of The Savage Hearts to your classroom and/or festival! We can either tailor a class for your specific needs or you can choose from the samples below:

Orchestra Classroom Sessions: 

Fiddling in the Middle or High School Orchestra Program

Fiddling in the orchestra? No problem! In this 40-90 minute informance, our professional bluegrass band of seasoned educators will both perform and teach the tune (s) you select from our repertoire. We will give your students the techniques to sound like a true fiddler, whether they are a violist, cellist or even a bassist! We will play for them, with them and then help them create their own variations, all within a notated arrangement that will work for any level of public school orchestra! Expect a 4-5 piece band that will teach the piece to your students and then be available to perform it with them!

Adult and Festival Learning Sessions: 

Learn to Jam

Pete Wernick founded the Wernick Method for teaching primarily adults how to jam bluegrass style using 3 basic chords ( Annie and Kevin are both certified in teaching Pete’s Method and have done hundreds of lessons in group jamming at festivals and clinics across the country. The Wernick Method is awesome way to offer your festival goers or pre-service to seasoned educators in the way of jamming. Pete has this to say about The Savage Hearts’ teaching ability:

“Annie and Kevin are not only experienced Wernick Method teachers (with lots of great feedback from satisfied students), they are caring and talented people with the know-how to teach bluegrass to uncertain beginners as well as more experienced players. Between the two, their knowledge of all the bluegrass instruments make their combined teaching a potent combination…”

-Pete Wernick (Hot Rize/Wernick Method)

General Sessions:

A Day in the Life

What is it like to be a working artist? A performing musician? This 40-90 minute informance will introduce your students to a real day in the life of an artist. We will discuss the issues of practice, making connections and creating a business out of one’s own abilities. Expect an educational narrative with 5-6 songs performed by a group of folks who make their living playing music.

Introduction to Alt-Strings Styles

Are your students getting antsy and need a little something new to add to their skill set? This 40-90 minute informance will introduce them to the WIDE world of playing by ear and improvising. With the help of a 3-4 piece professional back up band, Annie will perform everything from blues to bluegrass to rock to celtic to mariachi styles and discuss the techniques that are required to use their stringed instrument in these formats. YOU select three styles and WE tailor this workshop to meet the needs of your demographic. Students will need their instruments as they will participate and walk away with a great handout of techniques and alt-strings resources!

Contact Annie Savage directly to schedule your event: