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, Voice 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! :)
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!
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.
Hannah Dokupil | BM | in-home Piano and Flute
Hannah Dokupil holds a Bachelor of Music Pedagogy from the Wheaton College Conservatory in Illinois. She studied solo piano with Daniel Paul Horn and Aaron Stampfl, and her pedagogical studies were guided by Beth Bauer, Karin Edwards, and Mary Hopper. Hannah has had extensive music teaching experience with kids of all ages and abilities, including her own private students, Beethoven's Buddies - a music program for children with special needs, MusikGarten, and honors conducting for the Wheaton College Women's Chorale. Hannah has also taught numerous other subjects including recreational gymnastics and public speaking.
Hannah's educational vision is to create an environment of learning where children can understand they are valuable, capable, and that their efforts are not wasted. She hopes to communicate to children that they are a part of something larger than themselves, and thereby the importance of their participation in the arts and community. Her teaching philosophy includes the deep belief that children are as human and as capable as the next - and as a teacher feels it is a great privilege and responsibility to participate in their lives.
Currently Hannah works full-time as an RBT (Registered Behavior Technician), providing one-on-one services to kids with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Besides teaching, Hannah enjoys biking, rock climbing, hiking, supporting local artists, and is hoping to summit Mt. Rainier in summer of 2020.
Benjamin sawrey | BM Senior | Piano
Benjamin Sawrey has over a decade of performance experience as a soloist and accompanist in Classical, Jazz, and Musical Theater. He was classically trained in the Suzuki method by Jordan Stoneman, and has since participated in lessons and masterclasses with renowned instructors throughout the world. These include; Seymour Lipkin, Noam Sivan, Matti Raekallio, and Antonii Baryshevskyi. Benjamin is currently studying piano performance under Oksana Ezhokina at Pacific Lutheran University.
As a soloist, Benjamin is best known for his expressive interpretation and gentle touch. He has been recognized in competitions throughout the U.S as both a classical and jazz pianist. Most recently, Benjamin received an award for Honorable Mention at the Siegfried-Weishaupt International Piano Competition in Ochshenhausen, Germany. Other experiences include playing in the pit and being assistant musical director for the Rising Star Project at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
As a teacher, Benjamin helps his students grow as musicians by incorporating the music they love into weekly lessons. Whether that be the theme from Star Wars or one of Chopin's Nocturnes, all music can be used to teach important musical principles. Every lesson is molded to fit the individual needs of each student so that learning the piano can be both fun and educational.