Will Daniels is a performing pianist, teacher, and accompanist in Orlando, FL. He is a versatile musician trained in classical piano, jazz improvisation, composition, and music theory. He completed his Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Central Florida where he studied piano with Dr. Yun-Ling Hsu and jazz piano and arranging with Per Danielsson. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition at Florida State University where he studied piano with Dr. Heidi Williams, jazz piano and the Taubman technique with Bill Peterson, and composition with acclaimed music theorist and composer Dr. Clifton Callender. Currently, he serves each week as the pianist for Faith Baptist Church of Orlando. As the resident pianist for Alterity Chamber Orchestra, he performs challenging new chamber music by living composers at venues such as the Timucua White House and The Abbey. He also performs works by local composers, including Charles Griffin, founder of the Central Florida Composers Forum, and UCF professor of composition Alex Burtzos. During the school season, he accompanies music students and faculty at the University of Central Florida for recitals and other performances. As an experienced jazz pianist, he enjoys playing for events and concerts around town, and training students who are interested in jazz theory and performance.
Will teaches private piano lessons (and some saxophone and clarinet too). Trained in the Taubman Approach and Lister-Sink Method, he emphasizes meticulous piano technique with his students in order to achieve maximum muscle coordination, efficiency, and relaxation while performing. In addition to piano technique, he is well-versed in music theory and history and is an experienced educator in these important subjects. As a Graduate Teaching Associate at UCF, he taught Music Theory and Ear Training courses to undergraduate music students. Afterwards, he also taught these courses at Johnson University Florida for a semester as an adjunct lecturer. He is currently a member of Music Teachers National Association and serves on the board of the local chapter, Central Florida Music Teachers Association, to coordinate performances and events for music students and teachers.