Dan Duke, piano, strives to balance the desires of the student, an appreciation for excellence and gaining skills, and the value of creative expression, never losing sight of the joy that brings us to music. He approaches each student as an individual and brings a wide variety of experience to help students reach their own musical goals.
Dan has been teaching for 30 years in settings ranging from the class piano labs at LSU, to an American army base in Heidelberg, Germany. He has always held a variety of musical interests. He has performed in rock bands since the 1980s, most recently as a keyboardist, singer and occasional guitarist for Twin Cities oldies veterans, Teen King and the Princes. In the jazz world, Dan has played at restaurants and private engagements in Baton Rouge and the Twin Cities. He has also performed as a church musician and in a variety of theatrical settings.
He holds three degrees in piano performance: a bachelor’s from Northwestern University, a master’s from The University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate of musical arts from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
“Dan is personable and professional. He’s also good with encouragement and suggesting how to improve.” –MacPhail Student