Miles Harshman
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Miles Harshman

Miles H.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
From basic diatonic harmony to jazz chord scales, modal interchange, three tonic systems etc.

My approach to lessons revolves around the students musical preferences. I like to show how theory applies to the things you listen to everyday, and show you how music is a language.

About Miles H.

"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inner places of the soul." - Plato

Miles grew up surrounded by music. His parents are avid music lovers, and always played music around the house. Whether it was blues, rock, classical or jazz, Miles heard it all before he even knew it. At the age of 6, he began taking classical piano lessons. Then in high school, he taught himself guitar, expanding his repertoire to blues and rock. Though he started learning guitar later in his youth, his piano training allowed him to pick the instrument very quickly. After only a couple years of playing the instrument, he applied to music school for guitar as his principal instrument.

Miles graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music, concentrating on ear training and Latin Jazz. While studying there Miles played in many jazz and funk ensembles as well as fellow student pop bands that toured the area. While he studied jazz extensively, Miles can teach you a multitude of musical styles, as his vast interest in music has greatly influenced his playing.

While in college, Miles began teaching guitar, as well as tutoring ear training and began loving teaching from there. Though he studied guitar, he has not forgotten his piano roots, and still encourages everyone to learn the instrument, regardless if it’s the first or not. To this day, Miles teaches both guitar and piano, but can also teach bass and ukulele. He strives for each student to truly understand every aspect of music; rhythm, melody and harmony. While he uses common method books and essential repertoire for each instrument, he also feels that students should be able to set their own musical goals, whether it be the latest pop song, or music their parents enjoy. Miles remembers that when he found music enjoyable to listen to it was much more motivating to learn to play. He hopes to bring this kind of enjoyment of music to each of his students.

Advanced students get access to Miles' extensive and ever growing library of pedagogical material, transcriptions and instructional videos!

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Zoe
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Patient and well tempered with kids!

Posted Feb 17, 2017
Alan T.
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Our regular piano teacher was on maternity leave. Miles has covered as a substituted teacher for over 3 months. He was very nice, calm and knowledgeable. We do recommend him. He is a great teacher!

Posted Apr 15, 2016
Andrea Z.
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Miles was an amazing teacher for me and my son. We both took Piano and Guitar lessons with Miles for close to 2 years and enjoyed every lesson. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to music, can help you focus on the music you want to play and he is just as good with adults as he is with kids! I would highly recommend taking lessons with him and I think he is an amazing teacher

Posted Mar 8, 2016
Marty F.
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I'm a beginning guitar student and have just started taking guitar lessons from Miles. He's very knowledgable, patient, and kind. I haven't quite made "friends" with those strings yet, but with Miles' help, I know I will.

Posted Feb 2, 2015
Carolee A.
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I've been taking guitar lessons from Miles for almost two years. He is very patient, flexible, and supportive and really knows his stuff. :) I highly recommend him.

Posted Jun 22, 2014
Amber H.

Miles is fantastic!

Miles is great at working with my 11 year old on both what she wants to learn and what she needs to learn; he ensures the right balance of theory and contemporary music to keep her interested. We move a lot and have had other piano teachers over the last several years, but Miles is top notch. His calm demeanor and endless patience is much appreciated in this house! Hope he continues to teach my daughter for years to come.

Posted Feb 12, 2014
Elisa S.

Wonderful with my young child

Great teacher! Very patient and so great with my 6 year old. My son loves Miles and Miles is very patient and adjusts his techniques for the lessons. Highly recommend him for your young child's first music teacher!

Posted Jan 18, 2014

Experience

Guitar/Piano Teacher
Jun 2015 - Present

Lessons In Your Home

Guitar and Piano private lessons.

Guitar/Bass/Piano Teacher
Oct 2012 - Mar 2015

B&B Music Lessons

Guitar, Piano and Bass private lessons.

Music Specialist/Instrument Repairman
Jan 2013 - May 2014

Bach2Rock

Guitar, Piano, and Bass private lessons, and band instruction.

Education

B.A. in Professional Music
Jan 2008 - May 2011

Berklee College of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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