Terri Miller

Terri M.

30 Reviews
Las Vegas, NV

About Terri M.

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Terri teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: June 1993
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At age nine I began piano and clarinet lessons and continued my music studies throughout high school and into college. I played in numerous solo and ensemble festivals, honor bands, piano recitals, adjudicated piano and soloist competitions, scholarship competitions and numerous concerts. I learned at a very young age that enthusiasm and creativity expressed by my teachers played an integral role in my motivation to succeed. My experience playing in band, orchestra, ensembles and as a soloist, gives me an enhanced ability to convey lessons in harmony either played between hands or in duets/ensembles.
Because I also have a strong background in ballet and ballroom dance, I utilize these talents to reinforce time signature and rhythm lessons. It's amazing to see how my students transfer the rhythm from their feet to their fingertips accurately. This method also helps them visualize and interpret the music in a more satisfying manner.
Music is the centrifugal force in my life which I joyfully extend to my family and students. I am the proud mother of four children who grew up in a musical home; three of them are proficient, award-winning pianists. My students are also award-winning competitors in the Lisa Fiorenza Junior Piano Competition, Las Vegas, NV.
I have enjoyed teaching piano students ranging in age from 3 to 80 years old. Let's Make A Joyful Noise Together!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will be taught: Music Theory, Technique, Ear Training, Memorization and Performance Etiquette.
Methods used:
I utilize the Alfred's Piano Basic Library for beginner to intermediate students of elementary to adult age.
I utilize the Bastien Piano Basics for beginner students of preschool to early elementary age. Siblings are put in different methods to individualize their study.

After 3 to 6 months of study, beginner students who practice consistently and attend lessons consistently will be able to:
Identify and quantify notes: Quarter note, Half note, Whole note and Eighth notes
Count in three time signatures: 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time
Read notes on the Grand Staff
Play in the positions of Middle C, C, G and F
Recognize sharps, flats and dynamic signs
Read music by note names and by melodic and harmonic intervals as well as ear recognition of these intervals.
Triads and Primary Chords may also be introduced in this time period

Students will be given the opportunity to showcase their progress in performance recitals twice a year and encouraged to share their new-found talent in other community venues, such as: school talent shows, local competitions and church ministries.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Formal Piano Parlor: 1943 Steinway & Sons grand piano with pedal extender foot stool for smaller students.

*** Specialties ***
Alfred's Basic Piano Library and Bastien Piano Basics Methods supplemented with Schaum, Hanon, and Alfred's Complete Scales, Arpeggios, Chords and Cadences and all genres of music from classical to contemporary.

Photos and Videos

Drianna was our Grand Finale performer at our Shining Bright Recital, Dec. 7, 2014.


Music Teachers National Association Jun 2013

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30 Reviews on Terri M.

Susan G. Jul 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We Absolutely LOVE Terri! and more importantly, my daughter really enjoys her time with Terri. We had to take a brief break at the end of the school year, as my daughter was feeling overwhelmed with school responsibilities, but Terri was incredibly understanding. Our daughter is very critical of herself, and tends to only see the mistakes she makes, not the progress. Terri is always reminding her of the positive, and is very encouraging. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Megan L. Jun 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Miss Terri combines the best of creativity and the best of discipline together, and it has its own magic formula that comes through with the student.
Harvey R. Jun 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Terri was an extremely positive teacher, and really instilled in me the drive and determination to work hard. She sat with me patiently, and worked through all the obstacles along the way. I highly recommend her.
Chris P. Apr 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I was hesitant to take piano lessons because I was afraid of getting stuck with a teacher I absolutely hate. I am extremely happy with choosing Ms. Terri as my teacher. She is patient, kind, and her passion inspires me to continue. I recommend Ms. Terri to everyone!
Naomi R. Nov 17, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We love Ms. Terri! My 6 year old son has been taking lessons with her weekly and he adores her. The books she uses are excellent, she has endless patience, her techniques and creativity pair well together to bring out the best in the student, and he is truly learning. We look forward to the recitals and Ms. Terri's enthusiasm is contagious! We would recommend Ms. Terri to anyone!
Heather O. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher

Miss Terri is a wonderful piano teacher. She taught our daughter for about a year and a half. She is kind, patient and very talented. Her home is welcoming and we can sit right there while our daughter had her lesson. I would recommend her for any first timer or anyone with young children. The children get the opportunity to perform in front of an audience about twice a year, once in the spring and once in the winter. Thank you to Miss Terri for teaching our daughter piano! We have really enjoyed our time with you.
Maria M. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
The Best!

I believe Terri is the best! She's warm, caring, and works wonder with all students. She communicates and bonds well with her students and their parents/guardians. She never pressures her students; she lets them work at their own pace. She's very supportive and encouraging to all her students. She's awesome!
SydneyO Mar 6, 2014
The Kindest Piano Teacher You Can Get

Ms. Miller is a one of a kind piano teacher. The stereotypical piano teacher would be portrayed as an enraged perfectionist who hits your knuckles with a ruler when ever you play a single wrong note. Ms. Miller couldn't be any more different. Her kindness is a key factor to her teaching style. A student doesn't want to be any less than perfect. She shows so much enthusiasm when you play even the easiest song correctly. As well as this, her teaching style is phenomenal. Each new subject is taught in such detail so that we can fully comprehend what we are playing. All I can say is that I hit the jackpot with my piano teacher and that I hope that more piano-lovers will be able to experience her greatness.
Janine G. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Best piano teacher!

Ms. Terri is the absolute best when it comes to piano lessons! She is patient, kind and everything I was looking for in a teacher. My 7 year old daughter and I highly recommend her!
JanieO Mar 6, 2014
Terri Miller piano teacher review

Ms. Terri is a fantastic piano instructor for my granddaughter and all of her other students. Her exceptional knowledge of music form, technique, method and style is complemented by her ability to impart her skills to the student in a way that is always affirming and uplifting. Ms. Terri brings so much joy and appreciation to her teaching that everyone around her - especially her students - will benefit.