Daniel Light

Pianist, Teacher, Arranger, Composer

On Being Flexible

"I hate that piece!" Patrick responded after hearing Simple Gifts, the next piece in his method book. "It's all sweet and cheerful. Yuck!"  He had just finished learning two pieces from Diane Hidy's set titled Mean Little Monsters, and he loved those. I...

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Halloween Lessons

Do you teach on Halloween, or do you take the day off, knowing your younger students will want to spend the evening trick-or-treating? I've always kept Halloween as a normal teaching day, but I encourage students to wear their costumes to piano lessons....

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A Large Part of Life . . .

A large part of life is paying attention. It’s a gentle reminder that might pop up when a piano student didn’t read his assignment and forgot to practice something, or when she arrived for a lesson without her piano books, or when he ignored the F-sharp...

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The Scheduling Puzzle

Are you stressing over setting up your fall teaching schedule? It’s that dreaded time of year, and I've witnessed many teachers expressing frustration with this process lately. We’re grateful for all our students, of course; and having enough of them to...

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