Joseph Miller

Joseph M.

Bellingham, WA

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Joseph delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+

Teaching since:
June 2010

When learning an instrument, I believe that the most
important thing to have (and keep) is enthusiasm! Learning happens easily and
quickly when we are enjoying the process. It is therefore important to me that
my students are advancing toward the goals that they personally have.

I have been playing guitar for seven years. I started out
playing electric, but quickly moved to acoustic and then classical styles.
After high school, I decided to study music formally at a conservatory program.
I hold a Bachelors of Music from University of North Carolina School of the
Arts and am certified to teach Suzuki Guitar.

During my time in NC I had many students at varieties of
levels. I have recently relocated to Bellingham. Washington is my home, and I
am excited to be setting up a guitar studio here.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will generally begin with playing to warm up, I
often jam out on a 12 bar blues with students. Then, review of previous
material and techniques we are working on. Every week is different, but
depending on the student's goals will include a mix of: Technique, Working on
Songs/Pieces, Improvisation, and Music Theory (Chords, Scales etc.)

I like to keep up with what my students have
been listening to recently and what new genres they may enjoy exploring.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have 2 armless chairs and music stands (if classical)

*** Specialties ***
I hold a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar and have a specific pedagogy (Aaron Shearer)that I use to teach right and left hand technique. The method is centered around using minimum tension and I also have methods for teaching memorizing and helping with performance anxiety.
I am a certified, registered member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and offer Suzuki Classical Guitar lessons as well.
The fundamentals of playing Classical Guitar are easily applied to Acoustic playing as well. I teach Finger-style, Music Theory and Ear Training if the student is interested.

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Photos & Videos

A solo guitar arrangement I made of Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.
A piece from the Baroque era, composed by a rival and contemporary of Bach who played the lute. 
The whole piece is composed over a repeating bassline.
The Libertango is a band piece written by Astor Piazzolla in Buenos Aires. This arrangement for classical guitar is by Victor Villadangos.
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