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.
“My grandma gave me a Coke that expired in 2017.
“I saw ‘naked’ in the dictionary today.”
“To save us all from Santa’s pow’r when we were gone astray.”
–1st grader, misreading lyrics.
“Sometimes I just want to lie on the couch and watch TV.”
–1st grader, on why she hadn’t practiced.
“May the fourth be with you.”
–3rd grader, just before playing a piece that began with the interval of a fourth.
“That sounds like a baby wrote it.”
–3rd grader, after completing a sight-reading exercise.
“I know a naughty version of Yankee Doodle, but I’m not allowed to say it.”
“Thank goodness it’s finally time to leave!”
“I left my piano books in the car all week, and mom said I could wear mascara to the father-daughter dance tonight.”
“Mom’s been gone this week, so Dad just let us eat candy.”
“Today was opposite day.”
“How did you participate?”
“I combed my hair.”
“You’re more fun than my first teacher. She was kind of . . . serious.”
“I think I’m growing in my hip.”
“What does the p mean?” I asked the second grader after he’d played his quiet piece very loudly.
“You need to get married.”
“You know there are invisible unicorns, right? That’s how you can sneak them into school.”
“Mom said my breath smells like donkey butt.”
“Your piano is still dusty.”
“My mom won’t let me get a toad, so I guess I’ll get a parakeet.”
“I need a nap!”
“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