Dan Oettel is an experienced composer, performer, author, educator, and devoted educational reform advocate whose compositional influences include Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, Keith Jarrett, George Winston, Supertramp, Yes, and numerous keyboard driven groups from the ‘70s. He combines his passions to inspire a deeper appreciation of the pleasures and benefits of instrumental piano music in his audiences. A native of southern Illinois, he received his Master of Music in Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, graduating cum laude. He was a recipient of the Gerdleman Award in Music Composition, the Graduate Award in Music Educational Excellence, and was recognized by St. Louis Community Colleges for contributions to students with disabilities. He studied piano composition with Dr. James Woodard and was a piano student of Mary Anderson, who studied with Jane Allen.
As a music educator, Oettel wrote the music curricula for two elementary institutions and taught approximately 5,000 students over 25 years as adjunct faculty for two colleges, an elementary music teacher, and a self-employed piano instructor. He has independently released four instrumental cd's available on iTunes, written a supplementary book of piano pieces for beginning to intermediate students and most recently released his first book, This Can’t Be Right: The Education of an American Teacher, available on Amazon.
Dan currently resides in Weslaco, Texas with his wife, Kathy, and their dogs, Scruffy the Janitor, Cadence, and Dixie. His interests and talents extend far beyond the musical realm; he participated in United States national tournaments in both tennis and foosball in his youth and aspired to be a professional bowler, once bowling 300 and 299 two weeks apart. When not practicing or performing, he can be found performing dog maintenance or cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Some of my favorite people. There are pups we had a few years ago at five months old. From left to right is Dixie, Bebop, and Peanut.
composer - pianist - author