Andy Miller

Andy M.

Milwaukee, WI
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Experienced and engaging teacher with over 10 years teaching drum and percussion students of all ages and experience levels. Each lesson is designed to fit the goals of each student while building foundational technical and musical skills to serve any genre or style. Instrumental areas and specialties include: drum set, hand percussion, djembe, congas, mallet percussion, and orchestral percussion. Not only will you learn instrumental technique, you will be learning various styles and playing to your favorite songs in no time.

About Andy M.

I am a professional drummer, percussionist, and educator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and have taught hundreds of students through teaching positions I have held at Indiana University, Lawrence Univerisity Conservatory of Music, and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. I am currently the Music Director in the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where I teach, compose, and perform music for contemporary dance.

I perform regularly with jazz combos, symphony orchestras, dance companies, and contemporary percussion groups in the Midwest and bring expertise across a diverse range of music to my teaching. I always strive to inspire curiosity in my performance and teaching. Because of this, my broad range of musical interests are well-suited for those students who are also curious about exploring the world of drumming.

One of my passions is Latin American music and I have travelled extensively in Colombia and Brazil to study music with funding from a U.S. Fulbright Research Grant and the Theodore Presser Graduate Award. I have also studied with master percussionists from Cuba and Guinea, West African. If you have an interest in learning traditional Latin American hand drums or translating Latin rhythms like Samba, Bossa Nova, Salsa, and Songo onto drumset, I can help you.

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Kay
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I've attended a number of masterclasses and group lessons with Andy in the past, and every learning experience has been enriching and engaging! He delves into the topic at hand with an all around approach, discussing history, pedagogical style, musical understanding, and of course, deliberate execution. When I'm working on my own, I often think back to many of the concepts he taught me, especially in regards to technique and mindfulness. As a music student, I'm grateful to be able to learn from him and am looking forward to arranging one-on-one lessons in the future!

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Alex
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Andy is a thoughtful, encouraging, and insightful instructor who is well versed in his studies of classical, world, orchestral, and chamber music amongst others. In his time filling in at Lawrence University while my primary instructor was on sabbatical, he gave me tips on how to internalize the "feel" of my repertoire, make my playing more efficient, increase my dynamic control on both mallet and battery instruments, and introduced me to the Afro-Colombian style of drumming. Andy's ability to cater to each student's individual needs and lesson curriculum is extremely impressive and inspiring.

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Jonathan
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As a percussionist studying in college, Andy is anything a student could ever ask for in terms of percussion expertise. Around UW Milwaukee, he gives excellent master classes and is able to lead full class sessions that delve into a LARGE array of topics. This may already be a selling point, but one on one lessons with Andy are outstanding. Mastery of many styles and instruments make it easy for Andy to give lessons on almost anything, including drumset, classical percussion, congas, etc. Great instructor!!

Posted Mar 17, 2020

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Experience

Music Director, Department of Dance
Sep 2017 - Present

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Instructor of Percussion
Sep 2017 - Nov 2017

Lawrence University Conservatory of Music

Hand Drumming Instructor
May 2017 - Jul 2017

Endwright Center for Aging

Associate Instructor of Percussion
Aug 2014 - May 2017

Indiana University

Professor of Percussion
Aug 2012 - May 2017

Olivet Nazarene University

Drumming Instructor
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

University of Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp

Education

Doctor of Music, Percussion Performance
Aug 2014 - Present

Indiana University

Master of Music, Percussion Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2011

University of Illinois

Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance
Sep 2005 - Jun 2009

Wright State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

World Music Pedagogy
Jun 2015

Smithsonian Folkways

Awards

Research Travel Grant
Jan 2019

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Graduate Presser Award
Jun 2015

Theodore Presser Foundation

Outstanding Alumni Award
Apr 2014

Wright State University

U.S. Fulbright Research Grant
Jul 2011

U.S. Department of Education

Affiliations

Percussive Arts Society, The
Jan 2006
We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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