Brian Miles

Brian M.

Scottsdale, AZ

Lesson Details



Brian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2005

After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (Violin) from the artistically vibrant and widely recognized music program at Central Washington University, I traveled to the nationally recognized Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University where I completed my Master's Degree in Music. I have been teaching both in-home and in a professional capacity since 2005. Having personally prepared many auditions, I have both experiential and technical advice to offer intermediate to advanced players. Music theory and its applications is another one of my passions and I am always excited to share this knowledge in all instrumental lessons, which include both violin and viola. All styles of playing are welcome! Beginners are usually started on the Suzuki program.

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Section Violin
Oct 2013 - May 2015
West Valley Symphony

Proud to participate in the local arts community and share the great orchestral works with listeners from around the Valley!

Teacher in Residence
Jun 2014 - Feb 2015
Kirk's Studio for the Performing Arts

I taught here on Saturday mornings in the Scottsdale area and love meeting the new students from the area!

Seasonal Clinician
May 2014 - Aug 2014
LindaMood Bell Learning Processes

I worked over two summers here (2014 & 2015) at the Scottsdale location with kids ranging from Kindergarten to the college level on their reading skills. Both phonemic awareness and reading comprehension were essential keys to the program, for which I was trained in an intensive 80 hour program. Some clients presented special needs including learning disabilities like dyslexia, aspergers, autism etc.

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Student Pedagogue
Sep 2013 - May 2014
ASU String Project

Worked with kids and adults of all levels and ages on developing playing ability and knowledge of musical theory.

Section Violin
Sep 2010 - May 2013
Yakima Symphony Orchestra


MM Music Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Arizona State University
BM Music Performance
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Central Washington University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


C. Farrell Scholarship for the Arts
Nov 2010
Central Washington University


American String Teachers Association
Sep 2015

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Photos & Videos

In my hometown in Bonney Lake, Washington.. I promise I'm not always so serious! The sunset's the real attraction here.

In sunny rural Texas at the amazing Round Top International Music Festival! Love working with these people and learning from guest artists!

Visiting Quebec for Le Festival International du Domaine Forget! Beautiful day for a hike!
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13 Reviews

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Sherry L. Mar 29, 2016
Violin · In home

I took a series of lessons with Brian and was very pleased. He has both the patience/calm to deal well with young children and the intelligence/scope of knowledge to handle the inquisitive adult. He's polite, accountable, well-spoken and clearly cares about what he does. He's a focus-on-the-positive, technique-intensive teacher - he wants to see you learn, and learn right. I would definitely recommend....

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Tristan M. Feb 13, 2016
Viola · In home

Great experience!

Lujain A. Jul 26, 2015
Violin · Online

My first lesson was great. Brian is a great and patient instructor.

Dorene G. Jul 11, 2015
Violin · Online

Very attentive to my needs. He is also encouraging.

Laura P. May 30, 2015
Violin · In studio

My six year old son with no musical experience desperately wanted a violin for Christmas. Santa brought him one and we needed someone to teach him how to use it. We started taking lessons in January with Brian and he was extremely patient with a curious child who had many questions, not all about music and the violin. My son has progressed well and looks forward to his weekly lessons with Mr. Brian.

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Yi W. May 10, 2015
Violin · In studio

Brian is an excellent teacher. He is patient and easygoing. I really enjoy having him as a teacher over the 5 lessons, and I am looking forward to see him again after summer. Brian did a great job in teaching me the fundamentals of violin.

Jenna C. Apr 12, 2015
Violin · In studio

Brian is an exception teacher for the beginning student! He is systematic and patient, which is exactly what new students need. Brian focused on helping my daughter learn the basics of violin, both in structure and in form.

I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning this beautiful instrument.

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Cindy G. Apr 11, 2015
Violin · In studio

Brian is very patient and low key, which is appreciated for a newbie like me. He is always on time and is an excellent teacher no matter what level of experience you may have. I highly recommend him.

Red L. Jan 11, 2015
Violin · In studio

Brian is a wonderful teacher! This was my first string instrument and he has done a great job teaching me all the fundamentals. Everything I need to know down to how to hold the violin. He is very articulate while teaching and extremely encouraging when I do something wrong. I am still only beginning but I can already see his expertise. I am excited to advance further and learn everything he has to offer.

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Jennifer B. Nov 23, 2014
Violin · In studio

Brian is doing an excellent job teaching violin to my 9-year-old son. He is a patient teacher and challenges my son to continue practicing and improving.

Karen E. Nov 3, 2014
Violin · In studio

Brian was fantastic! My daughter struggled with difficult fingerings and he helped her nail it! He supported her confidence and she is now 1st chair in her orchestra!

Taber Y. Oct 4, 2014
Viola ·

Brian is a really good teacher. He is very good at helping to develop better playing techniques as a player. He is also good at helping to master pieces of music.

Alex O. Sep 26, 2014
Violin · In studio

He's very good at explaining things and helping me get along. I've learned more with Brian than any other private lesson teacher. I'm even using some techniques that he taught me with my own student!

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