Julie H. -June Student of the Month!

Congrats Julie H. for earning the June Student of the Month! 

Julie is a hard working student who comes prepared to her lesson and has an awesome personality!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

Since February - so 4 months!

2. What is your favorite activity?

Long distance running is her favorite activity.   Her last race was the SeaHawks 12K.

3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

She wants to be an artist, a pianist and a distance runner. 


4. What do you like most about playing music?

Just being able to do it and being able to play different songs.

5. What other activities do you participate in?

She does musical theater dance.  But she is doing hiphop, jazz and technique next year.

6. Which grade are you in? Which school do you go to?

5th grade.   Renton Prep Christian School. 

New Teacher: Dr Jung Starting in September!

We're excited to announce that Dr. Jung will start teaching with Miller Music in September!  If you'd like to sign up for piano lessons with her, please let us know.

Dr. Jung is an accomplished and sought-after musician with over twenty years of experience in both the United States and in South Korea. She is a passionate and versatile musician with an extensive background in music education, piano, organ, music directing and collaborative accompanist.

Before coming to the U.S., she owned and operated her own private music school in Korea from 1996- 2000 where she taught young children music fundamentals up to college prep and university majors on both piano and organ. As a music educator, Dr. Jung is passionate about blending both traditional music technique with a wide variety of modern and popular repertoire to best prepare students to pursue any style of musical performance they desire.

In 2015, Dr. Jung proudly earned her Doctor in Music from the University of Washington. Her dissertation was on Isang Yun, a Korean born composer. While she was attending the UW, she also served as the Musical Director of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, planning music for the liturgy, conducted the Adult’s choir, Hand-bell choir, Children’s choir and played both piano and organ for the services.

Currently, Dr. Jung teaches locally in both public schools and private Korean schools. She enjoys inspiring students and investing in her local community.

Dr. Jung loves the vibrant musical scene in Seattle and living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. She is a proud Husky graduate and enjoys the local international community.

Robert J - May Student of the Month!

Congrats Robert J for being our May Student of the Month! He has been making big improvements in completing pieces and sight-reading. He loves to play popular and jazz music on the piano. Keep up the practicing Robert- way to go!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

3 years

2. What is your favorite activity?

playing electronic games

3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Robotics Engineer

4. What do you like most about playing music?

It sounds good

5. What other activities do you participate in?

Basketball

6. Which grade are you in? 

Going into 6th grade

Success! Two 2017 Spring Recitals

Big congratulations to the Miller Music students who were able to perform at both of our Spring 2017 Recitals! Thank you to all who've invested in our wonderful students- from parents, teachers and our diligent students.

Piano Teacher Position

We have been growing and are looking for a qualified music teacher to join our team! We have a reputation for high quality lessons that are motivating and inspiring which has made us highly sought-after in the Renton area. We are looking for someone to be enthusiastic about teaching music to young students and able to communicate well with parents.

Required:

- Proficient in piano playing
- Experience working with young students
- Able to communicate concepts clearly
- Friendly and reliable
- Able to pass a background check

Highly Recommended:

- Degree or certifications in education, teaching and music
- Proficient in multiple instruments (violin, guitar and voice)

Please submit a resume to millermusicschool@gmail.com. Thank you!

Raina - Student of the Month

Miller Music School is excited to announce Raina S. as the April Student of the Month! She comes to lessons prepared and is enthusiastic about learning. Keep up the practice and motivation to learn, Raina! We love working with you!

How long have you been playing your instrument?

          Since February! (2 months)

What is your favorite activity?

          Practicing piano on the iPad.  I learned Happy Birthday!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

          A Vet. I want to take care of animals <3  

Is there any fun fact that you would like to share about yourself?

           That I turn 7 on Monday.

What are some other activities you participate in?

          I like Ballet.

Which grade are you in?

          1st Grade

Lilly L. February Student of the Month!

A big congrats to Lilly for being February Student of the Month! She's doing a great job being prepared for lessons, respectful and excited to learn new pieces and techniques. Keep on working hard, Lilly!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

-I have been playing piano for 5 years.

 2. What is your favorite activity?

-My favorite thing to do is to sing and do weird dances.

 3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

-When I grow up I would like to be a singer or a music teacher.

 4. What do you like most about playing music?

-The thing I like the most about playing the piano is that when I play I can sing along to the song.

 5. What other activities do you participate in?

-I play the clarinet.

 6. Which grade are you in? Which school do you go to?

-I am in 5th grade and go to Eastgate Elementary.

 

Newly Remodeled Studio (late post!)

Back in December, we started teaching in our newly remodeled studio- yay! It took us several long months to convert the space into a fully functioning professional music studio. We're hoping this new space will optimize student learning by having a dedicated place for students to concentrate and learn. Lessons will still be given on our professional Baldwin grand piano and students can practice before/after lessons on our top of the line Arius digital piano.

Also a fun treat that we LOVE- a coffee and tea bar! Adults can enjoy a cut of hot coffee/tea while you wait.

Amelia- January Student of the Month!

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Miller Music would like to congratulate Amelia M on being January Student of the Month! Amelia comes well-prepared to lessons. She is diligent in details such as dynamics, metronome rhythms, and articulation. Keep at it Amelia!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

-Four years of piano

 2. What is your favorite activity?

-Reading

 3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

-Teacher/Librarian

 4. What do you like most about playing music?

-Leaning how to put different notes together to make music

 5. What other activities do you participate in?

-Soccer, Girls Scouts, Math Olympiad, School Chorus.

 6. Which grade are you in? Which school do you go to?

-Fourth, Newcastle Elementary

Welcome Ms. Stephanie!

We are very excited to welcome our wonderful voice/piano teacher, Stephanie!

Stephanie will be teaching voice and piano at our Renton studio. Please give her a warm welcome when you see her! Here is her Bio below:

Stephanie Pfundt is a kind and professional music teacher. As a Vocal Performance student at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), Stephanie has been teaching since high school.  

Originally from Southeast Alaska, Stephanie qualified for several honor choirs during high school, including NAfME All-Northwest Honor Choir and NAfME All-National Honor Choir. As an accompanist for her own high school choir as well as a church musician, she knew she wanted to pursue a music degree and is happy to be doing so in the Pacific Northwest.

Stephanie performs frequently as a vocal soloist in her choir and in recitals at PLU. Her teachers for voice have included Jennifer Cross, Dr. Cherie Hughes, Dr. Janene Nelson and Cyndia Sieden. She has also studied piano with Dr. Myrna Capp at Seattle Pacific University and Dr. Oksana Ezhokina at PLU.  

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys learning new dance choreography and going hiking. She loves traveling and even spent a gap year between high school and college teaching music and English in mainland China. 

Gideon- December Student of the Month

December Student of the Month is Gideon! Gideon is working on his Grade 2 with the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. He keeps very busy playing three instruments, piano, voice and viola! Keep up the great dedication and work, Gideon!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

-5 years of piano and 2 years of voice

 2. What is your favorite activity?

-Video games

 3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

-Programmer

 4. Any fun fact you would like to share about yourself?

-My dog Tex, is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. He came with us to the US from Australia.

 5. What other activities do you participate in?

-Martial Arts, tennis and play the viola for the school orchestra.

 6. Which grade are you in? Which school do you go to (Optional)?

-5th grade, Enatai Elementary School

 

Vihaan- November Student of the Month!

A big congrats to Vihaan, our November Student of the Month! Vihaan does a superb job focusing on his music and paying close attention to detail. He is motivated and excited to learn new songs and techniques. At his lessons, he comes ready with metronome tempos and counting practice. Keep up the great work Vihaan!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

 About 5 months

2. What is your favorite activity?

Playing board games with my dad and cooking with my mom

3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Naturalist

4. Any fun fact you would like to share about yourself?

I have done a walk in the night in the forest to see animals

5. What other activities do you participate in?

Karate

6. Which grade are you in? Which school do you go to?

2nd grade and New Castle Elementary School.

Christmas Piano Recital 2016 Scheduled!

Come join us for the 2016 Christmas Recital! We are excited to showcase our student talent and recognize students who have passed their practical and theory exams, and students who have also earned Student of the Month. Let's support our local, young musicians!

Who: Miller Music Students

When: December 9th @ 6:30pm

Where: Calvary Baptist Church- 1032 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056

Bring: Music and a plate of refreshments to share (Please bring snacks that are not too messy so we keep the foyer clean.)

Wear: Formal attire for performers

October Student of the Month: Joshuah O.

October Student of the Month is Joshuah! He started taking piano recently and has been progressing at an incredibly quick pace- already going through a few piano levels! He pays close attention to details such as articulation, dynamics and consistent tempo. Keep it up, Joshuah!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

-I started in May.

 2. What is your favorite activity?

-Basketball.

 3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

-Medical Doctor.

 4. Any fun fact you would like to share about yourself?

-I enjoy reading the Harry Potter series.

 5. What other activities do you participate in?

-Math Club and reading.

 6. Which grade are you in? Which school do you go to?

-6th grade Rose Hill Middle School

 

September Student of the Month: Daphne

September Student of the Month is Daphne B! She works diligently each week on her pieces with her parents and is progressing quickly through her books. She is able to learn through slipups and is always excited to try new songs! Way to go, Daphne!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

-Since January

 2. What is your favorite activity?

-Dance

 3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

-Ballet and musical theater teacher

 4. Any fun fact you would like to share about yourself?

-No

 5. What other activities do you participate in?

-Swimming, musical theater, (home)studio, painting and coloring

 6. Which grade are you in? Which school do you go to?

-First grade, homeschooled

August Student of the Month: Rachel S.

August Student of the Month is Rachel S! She has been playing the piano for 6 years consistently and is currently working on her Level 5 and Theory Exam in the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program. Outside of piano she also swims competitively on her swim team! She is a kind-hearted girl who works very hard. Great job Rachel!

1. How long have you been playing your instrument?

-I started 6 years ago.

 2. What is your favorite activity?

-I like to read.

 3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

-I have no idea.

 4. Any fun fact you would like to share about yourself?

-I can speak Chinese.

 5. What other activities do you participate in?

-I’m on a swim team.

 6. Which grade are you in? Which school do you go to?

-I’m going into 7th grade at Ottle Middle School

 

June Student of the Month: Rebecca

Rebecca has been taking lessons for six years and also added violin about a year ago. She has been progressing at a quick and steady pace. She recently passed the level 5 of the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program and is slated to take her Theory exam this summer. She is also in her school band! Congrats Rebecca, you are a young lady of MANY talents- keep it up!

1.How Long have you been playing you instrument?

About six years for the piano and about 1 year for the violin.

2. What is your favorite activity?

Reading books and watching YouTube videos.

3. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I'm not sure, but I would like to help people from poor/disadvantaged countries. Probably work for a non-profit organization.

4. Any fun fact you would like to share?

I'm reading a 700+ page biography about Alexander Hamilton. I want to go see the play soon!

5. What other activities do you participate in?

I play in my school band. I do art- I love to draw. Also gardening. 

6. What grade are you in?

I'm in 7th grade and I go to McKnight middle school.