Biography

Samuel Mills

Music Teacher and Performer

Profile

Currently teaching Elementary Music in Seminole County Florida. Classically trained instrumentalist performing and teaching Clarinet, Trumpet, Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele. Styles ranging from Classical to Jazz. Professional playing and teaching experience within the Central Florida area provides a great wealth of knowledge of current pedagogical practices and practical performance techniques. Teaching students to read music and interpret other forms of notation has always been a top priority.

Experience

Seminole County Public Schools – Oviedo, Florida 2014 – Present

    Lake Highland Preparatory School – Orlando, Florida 2011 – 2014

Guitar Instructor at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida teaching private bass and guitar students ranging from Kindergarten to High School aged students. Focusing on technique, music reading, music fundamentals, and music of all genres and periods.

    Dr. Music Academy – Altamonte Springs, Florida 2012 – Present

Currently I am teaching out of Dr. Music Academy in Altamonte Springs. I am accepting Clarinet, Trumpet, Guitar and Bass students. Dr. Wind’s School of Music Closed in April of 2012 due to the owners retiring. Since then I have relocated my private teaching studio to Dr. Music Academy where I also assist in teaching Summer Camps and Ensemble performing.

    Dr. Wind’s School of Music – Longwood, Florida 2005 – 2012

Averaging a studio of 25 -30 private students during my tenure at Dr. Wind’s I have worked with ages
ranging from 8 to 70. Teaching Guitar, Bass, and Trumpet. Providing structured private lessons has enabled me to show adaptation to
each students individual needs and learning styles. I have also performed basic guitar and bass
repair tasks such as setups, string changing, electronic repair, and performance adjustments.

      • University of Central Florida – Music Performance, 2007 – 2012
      • University of Central Florida – Music Education, 2009 – 2012
      • Seminole Community College — A.A w/ Honors, 2004
      • Pine Ridge High School – Diploma, 1999

Honors and Awards

Eagle Scout Award – Boy Scouts of America

Outstanding Jazz Performer – Lakeside Jazz Festival 2001

Outstanding Section (Rhythm section) – Lakeside Jazz Festival 1999

Skills
Clarinet, Trumpet, Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele.
Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, Funk, R&B, Fusion, and more. Teaching basic techniques
such as music notation reading, tablature/chord chart reaching, chords, scales, triads, arpeggios,
picking techniques, improvisation, proper left and right hand posture and techniques, and fretboard
harmony.