Sharon Miller, Violin and Teacher Development
Sharon Miller teaches music education courses at Eastern Mennonite University and is the administrative director of the Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music Program which currently serves nearly 370 students from 5 Virginia counties and West Virginia. She has a large studio of violin and viola students and teaches Suzuki Pedagogy courses through the Preparatory Music Program and at summer Suzuki Institutes.
Ms. Miller received her M.Ed. (music) from Towson State University and M.M. (Suzuki Pedagogy) from East Carolina University. She is a registered Suzuki Violin Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has taught at Institutes and workshops in the eastern United States. As a performer, she plays violin with the University Shenandoah Symphony, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and serves as Assistant Concertmaster with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra. She also performs viola with several chamber ensembles.
Ms. Miller has presented research papers on the topic of music reading at the International Suzuki Research Symposium in 1999 and 2001.
She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra and serves on the String School Committee. Other volunteer work includes being a greeter and participating in worship at her church, and assisting clients at a local food pantry.
Before coming to EMU in 1989, she taught strings and orchestra for 11 years in Baltimore and was the music department chair at Arlington Baptist School.