Daniel Miller

Daniel M.

Sodus, NY

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

Teaching since:
August 2011

My primary goal is to make music a fun, stress-free, expressive outlet for my students. I hold a B.A. in Music Performance from Canisius College and have extensive performance and teaching experience in concert band, orchestral, musical theatre, and chamber ensembles. I have served as principal oboist of the Canisius College Concert Band and Canisius College Chamber Orchestra, as well as served on the faculty of the Community Music School of Buffalo, and the Canisius College tutoring center (as a music theory tutor). Currently, I am pursuing a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Oswego, specializing in emotional struggles faced by musicians, including performance anxiety, stage fright, muscle tension, and fear of emotional vulnerability. My students will gain confidence in their performance ability, learning not only the techniques of their instrument, but strategies to reduce performance anxiety to perform music as it should be: fun, expressive, and moving.

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Freelance Musician
Jun 2015 - Present
Greater Syracuse Area

Freelance Woodwind Player in the Greater Syracuse Area, performing oboe, English horn, saxophone, and clarinet for various local musical theatre companies and orchestras including the Redhouse Arts Center and the Le Moyne College Chamber Orchestra.

Counseling Intern
Jan 2015 - Present
Le Moyne College Wellness Center

Counseling Intern at the Le Moyne College Wellness Center. Counsel students in various emotional and relational struggles including anxiety, depression, performance anxiety, conflicts with friends/significant others, academic struggles and more.

Music Director
Feb 2014 - May 2014
Canisius College Little Theatre

Served as conductor and musical director for Little Theatre’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Coached pit orchestra in learning music, organizing tempos, vamps, difficult rhythmic passages and expressive techniques. Coached actors in vocal techniques and the learning of their music. Conducted all performances.

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Oboe/English Horn Teacher
Jan 2013 - May 2014
Community Music School of Buffalo

Instruct students of all ages in proper techniques and musicality of the oboe and English horn. Prepare students for recitals and end of the year performance examinations and help them grow as performers and musicians with an emphasis on expressive musical techniques.

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Music Theory Tutor
Aug 2011 - May 2014
Canisius College Tutoring Center

Tutor and mentor students in general music fundamentals and upper-level music theory (I-IV), as well as ear-training and aural skills.

Principal Oboist
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Canisius College Concert Band

Principal oboe/English horn player of the Canisius College Concert Band. Lead section practice sessions, perform solo with concert band.


Ph.D. Counseling & Counselor Education
Aug 2016 - Present
University of Rochester
M.S. Mental Health Counseling
May 2014 - Aug 2016
SUNY Oswego
B.A. Music Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Canisius College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Edith DeLuca Memorial Music Award
May 2014
Canisius College Fine Arts Department
Canisius College Music Scholarship
Apr 2010
Canisius College Fine Arts Department

Photos & Videos

Oboe Concerto by Ralph Vaughan Williams at my Senior Undergraduate Recital! Love this piece.
Award Performance after receiving the Edith DeLuca Memorial Music Award at Canisius College.

Super focused at my undergraduate senior recital!

Conducting the pit orchestra for "Legally Blonde: The Musical" at Canisius College!

English horn freshman year at Canisius College for a student-faculty recital.

Schumann Three Romances, 3rd Movement at my Senior Undergraduate Recital!

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