Wit & Wisdom from the
Students of Daniel Light
Teaching piano is my passion and my career. Students frequently delight me with their comments–often hilarious, sometimes witty, occasionally sweet and tender. Here are some of those gems.
“Why do you suppose Bach wore that powdered wig?” I asked.
“‘Cause he wanted to look famous?”
“My dad sounds like an elephant when he blows his nose.”
“I think that’s when my grandma was born, too.”
–2nd grader, observing Beethoven’s date of birth.
“That’s annoying my ears.”
“This seems like it’s taking forever.”
–2nd grader, 8 minutes into her lesson
“Wanna know what I call hand sanitizer? Paper cut locator.”
“I can play ‘Baby Shark’ in seven keys.”
“That piece doesn’t spark joy for me.”
“You should live my life for a day. So stressful!”
“Don’t be so grumpy!”
“I would say that piece is vanilla, but I actually like vanilla. Let’s just call it a poopy piece.”
“I think the guy who wrote this piece was the town drunk.”
“Counting is annoying.”
“Mr. Light, Do you have an elf on the shelf?”
“No, should I buy one?”
“You can’t buy one. They just appear!”
“Mr. Light, did your Christmas tree have candles on it when you were a kid?”
“I fermatatized it.”
“Mr. Light, if you lived in Scotland, you’d have to wear a skirt every day.”
“Which piece would you like to play for recital?” I asked.
“Two Ladies Gasping,” she replied.
“I saw my Spanish teacher hugging the nurse today. They’re both single.”
“Back in my day, you didn’t move Halloween. You put on a poncho if it rained.”
–9th grader (going on 99)
“I counted all my Halloween candy and wrote down how many pieces of each kind I have. That way I’ll know how many pieces my parents steal.”
“I got to sit by my crush at school today. I can tell he likes me, ’cause he acts like he hates me.”
“You sound like the genie from Aladdin.”
“Put this assignment sheet in your piano binder the minute you get home,” I said to the 2nd grader who forgot his binder today.
“Yes, Your Majesty,” he replied.
“One day of practice wasn’t really enough, was it?” I suggested.
“Not a fan of the hard work,” he replied.