Mr. Daniel S K. Shaver

Violin, Viola Teacher

Daniel Shaver

SAA Member


Honolulu, HI
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​Born and raised in Honolulu, Daniel Shane Kawai`ae`a Shaver is a graduate student at the University of Hawaii pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education. Previous studies include at the University of Oregon, where Daniel studied violin and advanced violin pedagogy with Kathryn Lucktenberg and Kevin Lefohn, and Suzuki pedagogy with Lillie Manis. Daniel is currently employed as the assistant to both orchestra teachers at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, where he teaches private violin and viola lessons and runs an after school orchestra program. Daniel also is the resident violin teacher for the Coraggio Studio, where his students regularly participate in recitals, festivals, and competitions.

Daniel’s music education started at the age of eight when he started taking private violin lessons. He continued his studies at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus, where he was the concertmaster of the Kamehameha Schools Sinfonietta and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Robert Hamilton. As concertmaster, Daniel led the orchestra during their tour of Vienna, Salzburg, and Graz as part of the 2009 International Haydn Festival. In high school, Daniel was also a member of the Hawaii Youth Symphony I under the direction of Mr. Henry Miyamura, where he served as the Associate Principal Second Violin.

Daniel’s solo appearances include with the Kamehameha Sinfonietta, the Emerald Chamber Orchestra, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Orchestra, and has performed on stage with the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and Hawaii Festival Orchestra as a member of the orchestra. Daniel has experience performing in other genres and has appeared on stage with Cecilio and Kapono, Keali`i Reichel, Willie K, Ho`okena, and Jimmy Borges.

An active researcher in musician health and injury prevention, Daniel’s thesis Brahms, Schumann, and Focal Dystonia presents cases of famous musicians who suffer from Focal Dystonia and gives strengthening and retraining exercises that may help violinists who suffer from the condition. A committee of University of Oregon School of Music and Dance and Robert D. Clark Honors College professors awarded Daniel’s thesis with a “Pass with Distinction” when he defended his thesis and graduated from the university in June 2014.