Katie Miller
Montclair, NJ
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Katie Miller

Katie M.

Montclair, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a trumpet player, I feel confident instructing beginners and advanced students on this instrument. I tailor my lessons to students individual needs, using many different respected trumpet methods to meet the challenges of the individual players.

About Katie M.

Katie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Central Washington University and a Masters in Trumpet Performance from Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her principal teachers include David Krauss; Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Matthew Muckey of the New York Philharmonic, and Steve Emery of the Boston Pops.

As a trumpeter, Katie has appeared with the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, The New Amsterdam Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sinfonietta Nova, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra and many others in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Washington state. Katie was also a semifinalist in the Ensemble Division of the National Trumpet Competition for three consecutive years and appeared as a featured performer at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Boulder, Colorado. You can currently hear her as part of the pit orchestra in the latest Broadway revival of the KIng and I, now playing at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

As a private teacher, Katie has worked as a resident artist and teacher at the Luzerne Music Center Festival in upstate New York, and as a regular member of Play On, Philly! She maintains an active private studio in Montclair, NJ.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am primarily a trumpet teacher, but I also have experience with beginning trombone and french horn students. I like to tailor each of my lessons to the individual student, with general weekly playing assignments that help to expand each student's ability level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
H2 Recorder; student may review their lessons each week.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet Instruction, Music Theory


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25 Reviews
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My daughter had her first lesson with Katie today. Katie is an excellent teacher; she knows how to motivate the students and how to get the best out of them. She is very kind, knowledgeable, and teaches very efficiently. My daughter loved her, improved a lot, and is looking forward to her next lesson.

Posted Nov 3, 2018
Jo-Ann D.
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Katie is wonderful. I enjoy all my lessons.
She is so patient and I have learned so much.
I am looking forward to more lessons.
Jo-Ann Dicristo

Posted May 3, 2018
Michael D.
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The best teacher! Very thorough and patient and friendly!! Highly recommend her she gave me very many helpful recommendations and techniques which as a beginner has already improved my playing ten fold! Thanks Katie!

Posted Aug 10, 2017
Miles H.
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Very patient. My son is looking forward to his next lesson.

Posted Feb 21, 2017
Sue S.
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Katie is an ok teacher but I had a bad experience regarding a missed lesson. I was charged for a lesson ($60) that I cancelled 10 minutes prior to start time but called back 15 minutes later (that would be 5 minutes into our lesson time) to say we could make it. Katie had moved up another student and could not do our lesson but charged us any way!! If we were going to be charged for an hour of her time, she should have been available during that hour or at least given us 15- 20 minutes like the other teachers do. Also, if she moved up another student, why not let us take his spot?? The reason for their rule of charging for missed lessons is because the teacher misses out on that hour of income. Well she made double time during my paid hour!! What bothers me even more is that she cancelled one of our lessons just 2 hours before it was supposed to begin, and I was very understanding and accommodating. I did not give her a hard time or complain at all and just rescheduled. She didn't even consider returning the favor. Her lack of ethics really bothers me! Don't expect any favors from this one, she's all about the bucks!!! One word, "karma".

Posted Jan 23, 2017
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Excellent teacher with fun teaching techniques, my son, new to trumpet is improving rapidly.

Posted Nov 7, 2016
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Katie is an amazing instructor. We've been with Katie for several years but tonight was the first lesson for my youngest daughter whom is just beginning on trumpet. Katie did a great job of calming the nerves while making the lesson both educational and fun. Looking forward to watching her skills progress as Katie works with her on future lessons.

Posted Nov 2, 2016
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She is so kind and patient! My son thoroughly enjoyed his first lesson. Can't wait for many more!

Posted Sep 6, 2016
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My son enjoyed it and is looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Aug 16, 2016
Grace H.
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Katie was very patient and encouraging during our daughter's lesson. She is a fun and excellent teacher. Thank you!!!!

Posted Jul 26, 2016
Ron H.
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My 1st Trumpet lesson with Katie went well. I need the actual exercise music that
we worked on ?? Also, I was wondering if we could do a lesson somewhere out in the open. Like a hall, church, or bigger room, maybe my apartment ??

Thanks a lot Katie for your expertise, it is much appreciated.
Sincerely...... Ron Hooper

Posted May 10, 2016
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WOW!!!! All I have to say is WOW!!! I never thought I would have picked up the trumpet as fast as I did. Katie was def easy to get a long with and made it easy for me to pick up the trumpet.

Posted Mar 24, 2016
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Katie is the best teacher I've ever had. She's very patient with us kids even when we talk a LOT. For me personally, the best thing about her is that she knows where my problems are, and gives me the fastest way to overcome that problem. Stay awesome Katie.

Posted Mar 20, 2016
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Katie is great. My 12 year old daughter loves her.

Posted Feb 16, 2016
Sammy S.
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Katie is not only patient and kind but my son is really improving with her and enjoying himself too. She is great!

Posted Feb 9, 2016
Molly Thomas
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Kate came for Sammy's first lesson today and she was lovely. She has a very calm and sweet demeanor and Sammy liked her right away. She took time at the end of the lesson to discuss what Sammy worked on as well as to make me a list of things to tell the instrument rental place about what is not working well on his trumpet. We are glad to have found Kate and look forward to the next lesson!

Posted Jan 27, 2016
Mason P.
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Gifted musician with a lovely teaching style!

Posted Dec 10, 2015
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Katie related everything to something I could understand better and really helped me to take apart every piece of music to help me reach my full potential. Katie is a great trumpet teacher and I would highly recommend her lessons.

Posted Nov 11, 2015
Bing L.
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Amazing teacher, Katie is very professional and she knows how to make the lesson challenging but still fun at the same time . She is very patient and thoughtful. I highly recommend her.

Posted Oct 6, 2015
Kimberly D.
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Katie is great. Just the right temperament for my 9 year old daughter. Patient and personable.

Posted Jan 22, 2015
Marc R.
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Katie is an excellent teacher and musician. She is very encouraging and intuitive. I have made definite progress since I started my lessons. In the future, I plan to continue as her student.

Posted Dec 12, 2014
Christy C.
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Katie has helped my son refresh his skills and learn new ones on the trumpet. She is always on time, pleasant, and goes the extra mile with regular progress updates and provides practice music. My son is 11 years old and love his lessons with Katie, so much that it is why Tuesdays are his favorite day of the week. I highly recommend Katie!

Posted Oct 30, 2014
Matt C.
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Katie has helped develop my trumpet skills and refine my technique. She places great emphasis on fundamentals, but also helps me to realize my personal goals as a musician! Each time we meet, I feel more confident in my playing and I always leave excited to practice!

Posted Aug 14, 2014
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Katie is an excellent instructor and far exceeded my expectations!

Posted Jun 16, 2014
James E.

Highly recommended

I am a professional musician who has taken beginner-level secondary instrumental lessons with Katie on trumpet. Katie is a highly skilled trumpet player, a patient and knowledgeable teacher, and an even better person. I give her my highest recommendation.

Posted Mar 14, 2014

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Trumpet Sectional Instructor
Sep 2013 - Present

TianGao Band

Trumpet sectionals each week for students age 12-60. Coaching include fundamentals, theory, breathing exercises, and work on current repertoire.

Trumpet Teaching Artist
Jan 2012 - Jan 2014

Play on, Philly!

Group trumpet instruction, ages 10-15.


Master of Music, Trumpet Performance
Sep 2010 - Jun 2013

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University

Masters of Music Performance
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2003 - Dec 2008

Central Washington University

B.A. Music
Sep 2003 - Dec 2008

Central Washington University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Graduated magna cum laude
Jun 2013

Rutgers University

May 2007

National Trumpet Competition, Chamber Division


American Federation of Musicians
Feb 2015
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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