Instructor's Courses

Dr. Daniel Baer

Piano Faculty
Instruments: 
Piano
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 
2017
Education: 

Eastman School of Music, DMA

The Juilliard School, MM

Eastman School of Music BM

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Douglas Humpherys, Seymour Bernstein, Jerome Lowenthal, Martin Canin, Maxine Giannini

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

I want each student to achieve their goals at the piano and to have a good experience playing and studying music. I teach technique not just to achieve mastery at the keyboard, but also to gain expressive freedom at the instrument. I encourage my students to use the score to support their musical intuition and to help shape their interpretive choices.

Awards and achievements: 

In 2015, I won first prize, the Marshall Prize, in the Grieg Young Artist Piano Competition, which resulted in my international debut at the International Bergen Arts Festival, a performance in Grieg's home at Troldhaugen, and a performance at the Grieg Oslo Society. I have continued to win prizes in numerous national and international piano competitions. In 2016, my students and supervisors nominated me for the highly competitive Eastman Teaching Assistant Prize, which I won. The Eastman School of Music recognized my contributions to the study and performance of piano with the 2017 Cobos Piano Prize, awarded to one graduating student. I have performed at Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Tenri Cultural Institute, Kilbourn Hall, and Paul Hall in solo and collaborative recitals.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

I am new to the Chicago area and so I am still learning about the city's vibrant musical life. I'm looking forward to becoming an active performer of solo, chamber, and new music throughout Chicago.

Interests outside of music: 

I love reading, tea, soccer, running, cooking, and being outdoors.

Favorite quote: 

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

Favorite practice tip: 

Use a metronome and work in sections.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

My favorite composer often changes--there are are so many who wrote such wonderful and meaningful music! Currently, I am most interested in the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, a composer who wrote personal, virtuosic, and deeply moving piano music, songs, operas, and symphonies. I also love to play art songs.

Favorite musical moment: 

The best moments when playing or teaching occur when I feel that I am getting closer to what the music means.