Dan Oettel

composer - pianist - author

​When listening to a musical selection for the first time, the tendency is to relate what is being heard to the familiar.   In my case you will hear the remnants of a past influenced by Chopin, Debussy, Brahms, Keith Jarrett, George Winston, Supertramp, Yes, and numerous keyboard driven groups from the 70's.

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    Dan Oettel received his Masters Degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, graduating cum laude.  He was the 1988 recipient of the Gerdleman Award in Music Composition, the 1989 recipient of the Graduate Award in Music Educational Excellence, and in 1994 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 he has written the music curriculum for two elementary institutions, served as adjunct faculty for two colleges for a number of years, been a self-employed piano teacher, an elementary music teacher and taught approximately 5,000 students over 25 years.

    He has composed, recorded, performed and co-produced 3 separate instrumental and independent compact discs currently available on itunes, amazon and the usual suspects, written a supplementary book of elementary piano pieces for beginning to intermediate students and most recently released his first book also available on Amazon as well as Kindle titled, THIS CAN’T BE RIGHT The Education of an American Teacher.