Emily Miller, Violin & Viola (Suzuki & Traditional)
Teaching Artist Statement
I believe that every student can enjoy the process of studying an instrument, and can learn to play with ease and joy. As a result, I work to determine each student's learning style, look for ways to encourage individual ownership of learning, and adapt my approach to help meet each student’s needs and goals. I teach both Suzuki and traditional lessons, and draw from a variety of musical styles and approaches to help students develop a broad range of skills that include a strong technical foundation, ear training, sight-reading, ensemble playing, and musical self-expression. Through this approach, I hope to help students develop a lifelong love for music that will serve them in all future endeavors, musical or otherwise.
Emily recently moved from the Washington, D.C. area, where she maintained a private violin and viola teaching studio, and was on faculty at the Harmonia School of Music and Art. She has experience teaching students of all ages, preparing students for success in competitions, auditions, and recitals, and is trained in a variety of teaching approaches that include the Suzuki method. Emily is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and studied at the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute and the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute, after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a Certificate in Music Performance from Princeton University, and her Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.
Emily has performed throughout much of the United States and abroad, primarily as a violist and orchestral musician. Most recently, she performed as a substitute musician with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra while based near Washington, D.C. Previously, she performed with the Spoleto USA Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, AIMS in Graz, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Sarasota Opera. Emily also spent time in San Francisco, where she was a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony and performed as a substitute musician with the San Francisco Symphony.