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.
“I’m gonna walk to the car at a snail’s pace just to annoy my mom.”
“Mr. Light, will you be dyeing eggs this week?”
“Coming to piano is the only nice thing that’s happened to me this week.”
“Know why I love my grandma? ‘Cause when it’s my sister’s birthday, she buys me a present too.”
“Line?” said the theater kid, struggling to play from memory.
“I’m pretty sure this piece must have been written by aliens.”
“You’re in for a treat tonight, Mr. Light.”
–8th grader who had practiced every day of the week
“Feet flat, back straight, fingers curved,” said the first grader before starting to play.
I busted up laughing. They don’t usually parrot it back to me.
“We went to Disney, and Mickey kissed me. Twice!”
“My duet partner wasn’t very chatty. Boys aren’t chatty with girls. Next time I want a girl partner.”
–3rd grade girl
“Ah, the metronome. A pianist’s treasured friend.”
–eye-rolling 6th grader
“I’m going to Vegas. Can’t promise I’ll practice piano there. Obviously, the Chippendales are more fun.”
“Our piano is so old, it’s like . . . brown.”
“We had a dance Friday night, and I somehow managed to get a girlfriend while there. ”
“Have you ever asked Alexa if she farted?”
“Tuesday was the worst day of my life. My friend told four people about my crush.”
“What’s different?” I asked, demonstrating a drop-lift motion.
“Your hand looks old and wrinkly?”
“I had to pick up sticks and dog poop last night, so I couldn’t practice.”
“Do you consider yourself an old man yet?”
“Harry Had a Little Ham?”
“My parents made me play violin for, like, five years. That was even worse than piano.”
“If you’d come to my house to teach me, I could squeeze out another 15 minutes on the Xbox.”
“I got a flu shot yesterday. I screamed in Walgreens.”
“I don’t like that piece. It sounds like someone tooting.”
“Mr. Light is right. Playing the piano does make you feel better when you’re sad, angry, or upset.”
–4th grader (Relayed to me by his mom.)