Daniel C. Strange

Title/Position: Lecturer, Jazz Piano

Profile:

 
What would you say are the five most outstanding highlights of your professional life?

  1. Performing Part of Your World with the voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson.

  2. Performing with folk legend Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary.

  3. Teaching and performing for hundreds of students in Mytilene, Greece with my great mentor Bill Street, and his son, jazz bassist Ben Street.

  4. Premiering A Nutcracker Fantasy (Tchaikovsky/Strange) with my wife, violinist Ashley Liberty.

  5. Playing keyboards and singing back-up vocals on stage with the first national tour of Jersey Boys while it was in Florida.

What’s on your iPhone?

Gnarls Barkley: The Odd Couple, Huey Lewis and the News: Sports and Fore!, I Monster: Neveroddoreven, Jerry Lee Lewis: Killer Country, The Killers: Hot Fuss, Muse: Absolution, Toto: IV, A Prairie Home Companion: Soundtrack, The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers, Billy Joel: Songs in the Attic, Eldar: Virtue.

What is your teaching philosophy? What do you expect of your students?

My teaching is centered around the idea that each genre of music is a language, and I focus on teaching students how to speak those languages. Whether it’s Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Rock or any other genre, I believe that there is no better way to learn than continuous active listening, followed by total imitation of the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic sounds of the style

What would you want a potential Frost School of Music student to know about you?

I believe in every student who walks through my door. If they give me 100% every day, I am inspired to share with them all of the knowledge and wisdom I have gained in my life from experience and from my great teachers.

Career Highlights:
Daniel Strange is known for having no musical boundaries. As a complete styles pianist and accompanist, he has performed on a variety of stages, some of which include Carnegie Hall, the Public Theater of the City of Mytilene in Greece, and NBC’s Today Show.

Daniel has performed with critically acclaimed artists representing multiple genres including

  * Ben Street

  * David Baker

  * John Rutter

  * Andy Williams

  * Eric Marienthal

  * Federico Britos

  * Jodi Benson

  * Susan Egan

  * folk legend Noel Paul Stookey

Since moving to Miami, he has played in orchestra pits for the national touring companies of A Chorus Line and Jersey Boys. Following completion of his Master of Music degree, Daniel was recruited to join the prestigious Studio Music and Jazz Faculty of the Frost School of Music (FSOM) where he teaches Jazz Ear Training and all four levels of Jazz Piano class. Daniel is also a faculty member of an outreach conservatory program through the Coral Gables Congregational Church, teaching solo and group piano classes.

Additionally, Daniel is the director of the newly launched Young Musicians All-Star Jazz Ensemble. Other honors include his membership in the Stephen Guerra Big Band, Miami’s newest jazz ensemble.  Daniel can be heard on the band’s recently recorded (and first) album Namesake, particularly in the solo piano ballad Flower, written by Guerra. Daniel maintains his own piano studio in Miami, and also performs frequently with his wife, violinist, Ashley Liberty. 

Daniel earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern Maine, where he was awarded the Excellence in Music award. He completed his Master of Music at the University of Miami’s FSOM, where he served as the Jazz Piano teaching assistant and performed with all three of its premiere jazz ensembles including the Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble, the Frost Sextet and the Grammy nominated Concert Jazz Band. Along his scholastic journey, he also completed a year of studies at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music.

Feel free to visit http://www.danielcstrange.com to hear Daniel’s music, see photos and to view his upcoming performance schedule. 

Short Biography:

Daniel Strange is a lecturer in jazz piano at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he teaches Jazz Ear Training and all four levels of Jazz Piano class. Additionally, Daniel maintains his own piano studio in Miami, is the director of the Young Musicians All-Star Jazz Ensemble, and performs frequently with his wife, violinist, Ashley Liberty. He is also a faculty member of an outreach conservatory program through the Coral Gables Congregational Church, teaching solo and group piano classes. Since moving to Miami, he has played in orchestra pits for the national touring companies of A Chorus Line and Jersey Boys and with the Stephen Guerra Big Band. Daniel earned his B.M. at the University of Southern Maine, where he was awarded the Excellence in Music award. He completed his Master of Music at the Frost School of Music, where he served as the jazz piano teaching assistant and performed with three of its premiere jazz ensembles including the Jazz Vocal 1 Ensemble, the Frost Sextet and the Grammy nominated Concert Jazz Band. Along his scholastic journey he completed a year of studies at Berklee College of Music.


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“The three most important characteristics I want all of my students to have as life-long learners are patience, an open mind, and trust.” —Daniel Strange


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