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. Finally, 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 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!

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