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 student at Asbury College, then continued to work as a piano teacher 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. I also enjoy sharing sharing that music online, and using it to connect with other musicians, teachers, and students from all over the globe. What a joy it is when teachers send me videos of their students playing one of my pieces! Will I be lucky enough to get a video or a recording from you?
You can find me online at daniel-light.com, as well as on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. Stop by to say hi, listen to a few recordings, or select a new piece to teach or learn. I’d love to hear from you!