Miller Music School
Miller Music School has been providing lessons in piano, voice and violin since 2013. We have a reputation for high quality lessons that are motivating and inspiring which has made us highly sought-after in the Renton area. Our private lessons offer a custom and efficient learning experience. Included in all of our music lessons are two semi-annual formal recitals and a Master Class. We also provide training for MTNA adjudications and Royal Conservatory Music Development examinations. Miller Music School is a Founding School for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program
Our students learn on our beautiful, professional Baldwin grand piano. We also have a top of the line Yamaha Arius for students to warm-up on while waiting before and after lessons.
Christine Miller | BM | NCTM - Piano and Violin
My name is Christine, and I absolutely LOVE to teach music to all ages and levels! I started playing piano, violin and singing at a young age and believe that anyone can learn and enjoy music.
I'm a versatile music educator and have taught music lessons professionally for over ten years in public and private schools, locally and internationally, and for group and private settings. I've enjoyed teaching and performing with all sorts of groups including university symphony orchestras, chamber groups, churches, weddings, nursing homes and even volunteering in youth detention centers. Notable music venues that I've performed at are Benaroya Hall in Seattle and Arlene Schnitzer in Portland. Music is my passion and I can't wait to share it with others!
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pacific Lutheran University (on Music Scholarship) with a Bachelor in Music Composition. I've had the privilege of studying under Dr. Oksana Ezhokina (piano), Dr. Jane Harty (piano), Dr. Svend Ronning (violin), Dr. Gregory Youtz (composition), Dr. Jeffrey Bell-Hanson (violin/orchestra) and Dr. Brian Cobb (composition/jazz piano). While at PLU, I was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra playing violin and also various chamber and solo settings on the piano. The University Symphony Orchestra selected me as the "Student Spotlight Composer" to premier my symphonic composition, "Barenis". I am a National Certified Teacher of Music and member of the MTNA. I am currently teaching piano and violin lessons in Renton, WA.
Most of all, I am thankful to be a wife to my amazing husband and mother to our three children! I love Jesus, aviation, photography and playing with my kids. Everyday is a new opportunity to learn make a difference! :)
Stephanie pfundt| BM Candidate- voice and Piano
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.
Jennifer Matson | BM | Piano and Beginning Voice
Jennifer Matson is a recent Piano Performance (B.M.) graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). Having studied under solo artist Jee Wong at Prosser Piano and Dr. Oksana Ezhokina at PLU, Jennifer is a creative and passionate musician who loves teaching and performing.
With fifteen years of experience in the field of music she is has taken on many roles including rehearsal pianist and orchestral director for productions with the Auburn Ave Theater, community and special events pianist for the City of Auburn, contestant accompanist for the WMEA-WIAA State Solo and Ensemble Contest 2017, as well as being a church pianist and private piano instructor for several years.
As an instructor, her desire is to help nurture a love and excitement for music and the arts through creative expression, individualized instruction, and high levels of musicianship. It is her goal that students develop a comprehensive knowledge of music that allows them to not only play with competency and skill, but also with the utmost passion and musicality. Whether your aspiration is to become the next concert pianist or to simply learn to play for your own enjoyment, she hopes to create a learning environment that is both fun and professional to help you achieve your dreams in the best possible way!
Miya higashiyama | BM | voice and piano
Miya Higashiyama recently graduated Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in German, and studied piano under Dr. Oksana Ezhokina, and voice under Dr. James Brown. While at PLU, Miya sang a huge variety of operatic roles including Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Ruggiero in Alcina, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and more. Miya also sang in Choir of the West for the duration of her degree and accompanied for University Singers.
This past season Miya made her Olympia Symphony debut as the alto soloist in Beethoven's 9th, sang in both of Vashon Opera's productions (Lucia di Lammermoor and The Magic Flute), and performed as a song leader with Symphony Tacoma in the Carnegie Hall sponsored curriculum, "LinkUP: The Orchestra Sings!" for over 2500 elementary schoolers. Miya also was a finalist at the NATSAA (National Association for Teachers of Singing Artist Awards) competition in Portland this past October, and helped premiere and kickstart a new opera by Greg Youtz called Tacoma Method, performing at the Tacoma Historical Society Auction and recording demo songs with an orchestra.
In addition to actively performing, Miya loves to teach piano and voice to all age groups. This past year she taught piano and voice lessons regularly on the Eastside, and at Steilacoom High School where one of her students won first place in the Soprano Category at the WMEA State Competition. Teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade supplementary music classes as part of the PTA program at Pioneer Elementary School in Olympia was often the highlight of her week this year as well. She has over fifteen years of piano experience and seven years of voice, and enjoys meeting each student where they're at musically to achieve their goals and needs in a fun, exciting, individualistic, and passionate way, whether a student is wanting to sing for the first time, freshen up their piano skills, learn how to play basic jazz, or audition for college music programs. She has had experience teaching one on one music lessons since 2013.
In her free time, Miya enjoys running, painting, and traveling (especially to Europe!) She is proficient in German and lived a month in Berlin during her senior year as part of her German minor!
Lucas Larreau | BM | Piano and Voice
Lucas is passionate about classical music and takes great joy in sharing it with others. His students appreciate his down-to-earth, practical teaching style that he brings to lessons. They look forward to working with him each week as they explore various music genres, standard music theory and sharpen sight-reading skills.
Lucas’ musical journey started in 5th grade, when he began taking piano lessons. Now a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, that passion has become his vocation.
Lucas has studied piano with Oksana Ezhokina, Jennifer Bowman, and Laura Curtis. During his time at PLU, Lucas has performed frequently in solo and collaborative recitals, including one put on for the reception of the Monsen Scholarship.
In his free time, Lucas enjoys playing soccer, basketball, volleyball, and most other sports, along with watching The Office and eating Taco Bell.
Josh Carlisle | BM | Voice and piano
Josh has been deeply involved with music his entire life. He began taking lessons at age five and has been singing since age 12. Josh is incredibly passionate about getting young people involved in classical music as often as possible. He is active as a teacher and coach in the Tacoma area teaching both piano and voice. Josh has appeared in roles at Vashon Opera and is a member of Seattle Opera Chorus.
Josh holds a Bachelors of Music Cum Laude in Vocal Performance from Pacific Lutheran University, where he was honored to receive the Mary Baker Russel music scholarship. He has studied voice with Dr. James Brown and Vicki Melton. He has also studied piano with Tim Strong and Diane Zimmerman.
Josh’s teaching philosophy is focused on the student. He believes that each student brings unique talents and skills to lessons, and that the lesson should be tailored to the student’s needs. Josh loves to discover new teaching strategies and grow alongside his students.
In his free time, Josh loves hiking and travel. He is currently preparing for a month long tour to Europe with Pacific Lutheran University’s Choir of the West.