Wit & Wisdom from the
Students of Daniel Light

Daniel Light

Louisville, Kentucky

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 glad I’m playing for Piano Guild. It means I get to skip two hours of saying the rosary.”

–7th grader

“If you don’t practice that piece with a metronome this week, I’m gonna haunt you in your sleep.”

“You’re already in my nightmares.”

–7th grader

“You woke the baby Jesus,” I responded after a boisterous rendition of Silent Night.

“I think if I were being worshipped, I’d at least stay awake for it.”

–5th grader

“My dad said he heard you play a wrong note in church yesterday.”

–5th grader

“Hey, you got a new metronome, Mr. Light! I could have given you mine. I never use it anyway.”

–7th grader

“I wish we had snack time at piano lessons.”

–7th grader

“How was your Red River Gorge weekend?” I inquired.

“Horrible! There was no WiFi.”

–5th grader

“The metronome aggernates me when there’s a ritard.”

–2nd grader

“How much dollars do you have?”

–Kindergartner

“You have the best job in the world, ’cause there’s no one bossing you around.”

–6th grader

“How was Thanksgiving?”

“I lost two teeth and found out my parents are the tooth fairy. That was disappointing.”

–3rd grader

“What’s different?” I asked, demonstrating a drop-lift motion.

“Your hand looks old and wrinkly?”

–5th grader

“Have you ever asked Alexa if she farted?”

–4th grader

“Tuesday was the worst day of my life. My friend told four people about my crush.”

–3rd Grader

“What’s different?” I asked, demonstrating a drop-lift motion.

“Your hand looks old and wrinkly?”

–5th grader

“I had to pick up sticks and dog poop last night, so I couldn’t practice.”

–8th grader

“Do you consider yourself an old man yet?”

–6th grader

“Harry Had a Little Ham?”

–1st grader

“My parents made me play violin for, like, five years. That was even worse than piano.”

–6th grader

“If you’d come to my house to teach me, I could squeeze out another 15 minutes on the Xbox.”

–6th grader

“I got a flu shot yesterday. I screamed in Walgreens.”

–8th grader

“I don’t like that piece. It sounds like someone tooting.”

–1st Grader

“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.)

“I don’t want to play Old MacDonald. McDonald’s is gross.”

–1st Grader

“We’re singing our Christmas concert from memory.”

–4th grader, ever so gently dissing the choral concert I played for Sunday

“I saw your head at the concert last night.”

–1st grader

“I can’t come to performance class tomorrow. I have to spend 8 hours at a church retreat, contemplating my sins.”

–8th grader

“You made it sound like The Piano Guys!”

–2nd grader, at the end of a “Jingle Bells” duet with improvised accompaniment

“I’m gonna start posting #ThingsMyPianoTeacherSays.”

–6th grader

“How was Thanksgiving?”

“I lost two teeth and found out my parents are the tooth fairy. That was disappointing.”

–3rd grader

“That drawer is MESSY!”

–1st grader, observing my desk

“Honey, put on your sweater. You’ll freeze in Mr. Light’s house.”

–Piano Mom

“You have the best job in the world, ’cause there’s no one bossing you around.”

–6th grader

“I made you carrot cake. You’re not allowed to lift an eyebrow at me today!”

–adult student

“It’s over already? Either that was really short, or something is very wrong here.”

–8th grader, at being surprised his lesson was over

“That was magical!”

–11th grader, at successfully navigating a large leap by following my instructions

“I can’t wait to be an adult so I can boss kids around.”

–8th grader