Teaching & Research
In addition to maintaining a studio of piano students in Los Angeles, Danny teaches masterclasses and workshops at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. He is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research at the Harvard-Westlake School, and he is also the chair of the music program at The Academy of Creative Education at The Oakwood School. He periodically teaches at College of the Desert, Norco College, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CalState University San Bernardino (Palm Desert campus).
From 2008-2014 Danny served on the faculty of The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts, where he has also taught in the School of Theater (2004-2006). He was formerly Senior Musician in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures, and he has also taught at California Music Academy, The Conservatory of the Arts at The Center (Pasadena), and the Hollywood Pop Academy.
Danny was formerly a graduate teaching assistant and tutor in music theory at California Institute of the Arts (2004-2006). And as a Teaching Fellow in the Smith College music department (2002-2004), he directed the aural skills program and founded the Smith College Rhythm Ensemble.
Danny always strives to find a healthy balance between performance, scholarship, and teaching. His research interests have not always been directly related to his performing career, however. His undergraduate thesis at Hampshire College was entitled Country Music and the Music Industry in Nashville, Tennessee: The Confused Identity of a Genre in a Culture of Commerce. His Masters thesis at Smith College, Making Country Music “Country”: Technology, Authenticity, and Nashville Sounds, continued this research.
Other research interests include: the development of western tuning systems; power dynamics in cross-cultural musical exchanges between East and West; the relationship between performance context and cultural conceptions of music; the distinctions between “the work” “the score” and “the performance” in western classical art music and the development of the virtuoso performance tradition in 19th century Europe; performance practice in minimalist music; the Alexander Technique, T’ai Chi, quantum physics, and neuroscience as they relate to mindful, efficient, healthy practicing for musicians; Michael Jackson; Devo; Kraftwerk; and the life and work of innovative composer/pianist Mike Garson.