Dan Mills

Clarinet

Lesson Fees
from $27.50 / 30 Minutes

About

I'm Dan! I'm a professional clarinetist with a passion for teaching. My mission as a teacher is to empower my students with the tools they need to reach their musical goals and have a lot of fun along the way. I am continually amazed by the endless process of mastering the clarinet. There is always more to listen for and new frontiers of expression to be found.

I love helping students discover what lies on the frontiers of their musical expression and skill. One of my favorite teaching moments is witnessing the joy that a breakthrough brings. 10,000 tiny successes in making what was once difficult a bit easier add up over time. I aim for at least one success per lesson, and teach my students how to find these successes in their own practice.

During my time at CU Boulder, where I earned my Master of Music degree, I was one of the clarinet teaching assistants in Daniel Silver's studio. I had the opportunity to teach undergraduate clarinet students and receive teaching feedback on a weekly basis. Since graduating from CU, I relocated north to Fort Collins and began teaching privately and giving free group lessons in schools.

I also had experience teaching at the Eastman School of Music, where I earned my Bachelor of Music degree. At Eastman I was a clarinet tutor through the community music school program. I also participated in the "Music for All" program, which presents outreach performances in Rochester area public spaces including schools, libraries, churches, and nursing homes. While I was the clarinetist in the wind quintet "quintensity", we organized a separate outreach event in Lake Placid, NY where we presented a full recital and gave performances and instrument sectionals in local schools.

I have experience playing in professional groups, including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic.

I look forward to hearing from you and scheduling a lesson!

My mission as a teacher is to empower my students with the tools they need to reach their musical goals and have a lot of fun along the way. I am continually amazed by the endless process of mastering the clarinet. There is always more to listen for and new frontiers of expression to be found. 

I love helping students discover what lies on the frontiers of their musical expression and skill. One of my favorite teaching moments is witnessing the joy that a breakthrough brings. 10,000 tiny successes in making what was once difficult a bit easier add up over time. I aim for at least one success per lesson, and teach my students how to find these successes in their own practice.

Substitute Clarinet - Fort Collins Symphony (2017-present), Boulder Chamber Orchestra (2017-present), Cheyenne Symphony (2019-present)

Master of Music - University of Colorado Boulder, 2019

Bachelor of Music - Eastman School of Music, 2017

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