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FAQs & Support

About The Creator

Annie Savage has been committed to music for all and music for life for the entirety of her three decade career. A renown contest fiddler from childhood and a trained concert harpist, Savage has shared with stage with artists from Aretha Franklin to John Williams to Ricky Skaggs. She teaches with one foot in the classroom and the other in the music industry.

Annie’s studies have taken her from the concert halls of the Interlochen Arts Academy to the studios of the Berklee College of Music. She is currently a PhD candidate researching and writing curriculum at the nexus of cultural relevance, creativity, and the skill set required by the current music industry.

“Thanks so much for the method and thank you so much for coming out to work with our students! It was such a pleasure to get to know you and watch you work your magic – and it is truly magic!”   George Nicholson, Ed.D. Assistant Professor of Music Education University of New Mexico

"Annie Savage is a star: a great teacher and author." -Bob Phillips, former president of ASTA and Alfred's Music

Educator Support/Clinics

We are dedicated to providing the educator with the support and direction needed to teach Free-Strings in the classroom. We understand the need for teaching improvisation can be daunting to even the most skilled teacher and student. Do not shy from reaching out for any help along the way! 

It's easy to use this method to meet the national standard of creating music in daily lessons, as online lessons and sub plans, or even to create your own Free Strings ensemble. Looking for support to help you get started? Reach out to Annie at any time for help and support with the Free Strings Method. She is available for in person or virtual clinics with you or you whole class. Please see the contact information below for help or to set up a clinic.

Phone: 319-601-6379

FAQ Library

Who is this method for?


Teacher and students. This is designed specifically to serve those who want to teach the skill of jamming bluegrass and blues to others AND their students. So- this is a professional development course that can also be used by folks who just want to work up their skills in jamming and improvising on traditional stringed instruments OR those who want to take what they know about music already and round it out with the skillset of playing with others creatively. 


Is this by ear or by notation? 


BOTH…here at Free Strings…we believe in giving the learner both. Why not use what works to shore up any new skills that you hope to build? We also give you the ability to jam along with a professional band in the jam along videos. So, use what works

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