Carrie Milller

Carrie M.

Ann Arbor, MI
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I provide a fun experience of learning to play and share music. My philosophy in working with students is to curb their interests with my vision for their success with technique and musicality. I want my student to not only become good cellist, but also enjoy music on a theoretical and historical level. My overall goal is to make a connection with people that will last and music can be an outlet for growing as a person.
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Carrie teaches



Carrie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:

Carrie recently relocated to Ann Arbor Michigan after finishing her masters to start a cello studio and freelance. Since moving she has performed with the Jackson Symphony, South West Symphony Orchestra, and West Symphony Orchestra.
Carrie Miller studied at Florida State University with Greg Sauer for a Masters of Music in cello performance and received a Bachelors of Music in cello performance from the California State University Sacramento where she studied with Professor Andrew Luchansky.
Carrie began playing the cello at nine years old in Davis California where she grew up. During her 4 years at CSU, Sacramento, she had masterclasses with pianist-composer, Eric Zivian, cellist, Timothy Eddie, and cellist, Steven Doane. In 2015 she performed the Lalo Cello Concerto after being a winner of the CSU Sacramento Concerto Competition.
While attending Florida State University, Carrie performed with the opera, the University Symphony Orchestra, the baroque ensemble, and the viol ensemble. During her masters, she also performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Symphonia Gulf Coast Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Panama City Pops Orchestra. One of the greatest moments in her career was to play with world renowned singer, Renee Fleming.
She has taught cello privately for the past 10 years and continues to do so with her private studio as well as working for The Community Music School of Ann Arbor where she works as a cello teacher, chamber music coach, and operations manager. Teaching enriches her life as a person and cellist by connecting with musicians of any level and sharing her passion for music.

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Graduate Assistant Teacher
Aug 2016 - May 2017
Florida State University

I worked with the primary cello instructor of FSU, Gregory Sauer and I would teach students at the college level with his guidance.

Cello Leader
Aug 2013 - May 2014
String Project CSUS

I worked with beginning cello students to teach them technique, reading notation, and musicality.


Cello Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Florida State University
Cello Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014
California State University Sacramento


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Magna Cum Laude
May 2017
Florida State University
Concerto Competition Winner
Apr 2014
California State University Sacramento
Dorothy Augusta Memorial Music Scholarship
Aug 2013
California State University Sacramento


Mu Phi Epsilon
Feb 2011

Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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Photos & Videos

Working with the Rosemary Beach Foundation to share music with art

My Junior Recital in College
Cello recital at my home one winter

Performing with the Florida State University Orchestra

Performing Faure Requiem for 3 cellos and piano

Photo by Carrie M.

Performing with the CSUS orchestra during my junior year of  my bachelors.
Performing with the FSU Orchestra during my first year of graduate studies.
Playing with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra


13 Reviews

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Deseria R. Jan 14, 2019
Cello · Online

I had the best session today.I learned so much. Carrie is a great teacher. She pays close attention to detail and makes much needed corrections. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Mark P. Oct 18, 2018
Cello · Online

Carrie is a fantastic cello instructor! I've learned so much from her in a very short period of time. She is cheerful and supportive, while remaining constructive and methodical in her pedagogy. Her love for cello and her passion for teaching are present in every lesson. I recommend her without hesitation.

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Lisa Jul 31, 2018
Cello · Online

Carrie is calm patient and fun to learn from so far!!

Radiance May 29, 2018
Cello · Online

Brooke K. Apr 9, 2018
Cello · Online

Extremely nice and knowledgeable. Looking forward to the next lesson!

Dakarai Young Feb 2, 2018
Cello · In home

Carrie is great. Enthusiastic, caring and skilled instructor.

Shannon Oct 12, 2017
Cello · In studio

I have spent many hours with Carrie while teaching cello and have always found the way she works with student quite incredible. Always happy, always pushing, and always trying to make everyone and everything around her better. No matter who you are, you will do well in Carrie's care.

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Janet Oct 10, 2017
Cello · In studio

Carrie is an excellent cello teacher. She works well with both younger and older students. She is caring and positive in guiding students' learning.

Paolo Oct 10, 2017
Cello · In studio

Great teacher and wonderful collaborator. Very organized. California misses her, and Michigan is very fortunate to have her!

Karen Y. Oct 1, 2017
Cello · In studio

I have had the absolute privilege of being a student of Carrie's for about 3 years (until she moved). Carrie's style of teaching is well balanced with music knowledge, patience, discipline, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm. I highly recommend Carrie as a cello teacher and only wish she could still be mine!

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Leslie Sep 30, 2017
Cello · In studio

Wonderful teacher for younger or older students. Carrie is encouraging and determined to give you the help, skills and advice you need to be successful. More than that Carrie is a born teacher! I highly recommend her!

Megan Sep 30, 2017
Cello · In studio

Carrie is a wonderful teacher! She is able to assess performance and posture issues quickly and provide a clear explanation for improvement. I highly recommend studying with her!

Tina Sep 29, 2017
Cello · In studio

I loved taking cello lessons with Carrie. She was always patient and encouraging with me and did a wonderful job working out problems I had with the music. Carrie was one of the reasons I kept with cello for as long as I did!

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