Richard Mills

Richard M.

Duluth, GA
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Piano

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have taught piano lessons to students between 5 years to adult for over 25 years.

In addition to this teaching experience I have a Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Music from the Indiana University School of Music( often rated the top School of Music in the US)

I also have several years of teaching experience in K-12 public and private school systems and was a full time College instructor in Music and Audio production for 16 years. I am also a member of NAfME and GMEA

I try to make private lessons both fun and productive for young people by using Traditional, Suzuki, and Orff methods. I base my lessons around traditional music method books but also include current popular songs, movie and game themes in material that I teach.

I also try to vary the lessons with Music Theory worksheets, games, and music software as well as internet resources. I encourage students to participate in frequent recitals and other community performance opportunities.

As a professional performer in Classical, Popular, and Jazz styles for over 30 years I bring real world performing experience to my teaching.

Most of all, I focus on current Educational methods as the private music lesson as being a learning and student centered activity. I treat each student as unique and tailor the lessons to his/her interests and abilities.
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Richard delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
1986

I am a professional pianist, violinist and keyboard player for decades and have performed and recorded in classical, jazz, rock, popular, and sacred settings. i bring this variety of performing experience to my teaching.
I have been teaching private violin and piano students for over 30 years. I also was a college instructor in Music and Audio Production for 16 years and am very familiar with current Music and Audio technology. I try to use this as much as I can in my private teaching. I am currently a substitute teacher in the Gwinnett County Schools
I have Master's and Bachelor's degree's in Music from the Indiana University School of Music(One of the country's top rated music schools. Go Hoosiers!). I also have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University where I studied English, Violin Performance, and Journalism I also studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory.
I am currently a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Georgia Music Education Association (GMEA) and encourage my students to participate in these events. I also compose music and am a member of the American Composer' Forum.
In my teaching I take a student/learning centered approach in which the student learning through activity is central to the lesson. With young students I supplement standard method books with a variety of extra classical, popular, movie, and gaming themes. I have also acquired a number of fun worksheets, games, and music education software which help the students with music theory.
With adults I always try to help them with music in which they are interested. Because my Music Majors were in jazz studies I also teach improvisation, theory, and composition to students who are interested in it.
In my experience students learn best when the lessons enjoyable and fun. I expect all students to make progress on their instruments, but I always try to create a relaxed but productive atmosphere tailored to each student's particular abilities and interests

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