I was three years old when I first started trying to play the piano. I remember coming home from church one Sunday morning and picking out the melody of a Sunday school song on the black keys. From that point forward, I noodled on the piano constantly, picking out tunes by ear and making things up. When I was five, my parents put me in piano lessons.

Eventually, I went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy, but I never stopped noodling, improvising, and playing by ear.

I started teaching piano when I was a college student, then continued teaching to pay my way through graduate school at the University of Louisville. After receiving the Baldwin Fellowship for excellence in piano teaching in the early 1990s, I launched my own private piano studio here in Louisville, Kentucky, and I’ve enjoyed teaching full-time ever since.

For most of my adult life, I’ve worked part-time as a church musician, too–sometimes as organist, pianist, or both. Currently, I serve part-time on the music staff at Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville.

When I’m not doing music-related things, I enjoy gardening, taking photographs, and being a computer geek.

In the past few years, I’ve channeled my penchant for creating and improvising into composing music for my students and for my church job. I also enjoy sharing that music online, and using it to connect with other musicians, teachers, and students. 

You can find me online at daniel-light.com, as well as on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. Stop by and say hi!

From my back yard.
Christ Church United Methodist, my Sunday home.
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