Chip Miller, instructor of piano, theory, and composition

Dr. Willis Glen "Chip" Miller, III

Piano Teacher and Technician, Concert Pianist

Music Education Offerings

I work with students, parents, and teachers for the richest music education possible.

Successful musicians have in common with each other musical backgrounds that are filled with a variety of teachers. I work in conjunction with primary teachers to supplement existing curriculums, with advanced studies in performance techniques, music theory, and composition.

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Practice Routine Coaching

Parents of young children, especially parents with little musical background, are often left without direction on how to oversee practice time during the week. I help parents establish effective practice routines, and good habits for musicians.

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Private Lessons

I teach piano, music theory, and composition, online via Zoom, and in person in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Group Lessons

Semester-long online studies in music theory and introduction to piano for adult beginners.

Technique Development

Online and in-person masterclasses, focusing on developing piano technique. Beginning and advanced sessions are available.

Studio Availability

Audition and Performance Coaching

When you are preparing for an audition or a performance, a fresh set of ears can be game-changing. I work in conjunction with primary teachers to help give a competetive edge for the best results.

Piano Technician: Tuning Training

Online lessons in piano tuning.

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Teaching History

Faculty, Interlochen Center for the Arts (2018-2021), Wayland Academy (2014-2015), Austin Waldorf School (2008-2011). Adjunct Faculty, University of Houston (2005). Guest Artist, St. John's College Santa Fe (2012-2016).

Competitions and Awards

Winner, Music Teacher National Association Wurlitzer Division: Southern Division (1993, 1995), Virginia (1994). Finalist, Stravinsky International Piano Competition (1993). Winner, Interlochen Center for the Arts Concerto Competition (1992, 1991, 1989, 1988). Receipient of Van Cliburn, Stein, Bland, and Presidental Scholarships to Michigan State and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. Doctor of Musical Arts (2001, University of Houston). Master of Music (1997, Eastman School of Music). Bachelor of Music (1996, Virginia Commonwealth University, Summa Cum Laude).

Dr. Miller's conservatory-based training has included the teachers Nelita True, Horacio Gutiérrez, Charles Asche, Benjamin Yu, Ruth Tomfohrde, Wesley Ball, Tayloe Harding, and Landon Bilyeu, and masterclass training with Andre Watts. Full biography at Bach Cantatas website, connect on LinkedIn. Dr. Miller is a active member of the Piano Technician Guild, Music Teacher National Association and the Albuquerque Music Teacher Association.

Upcoming Performance Series


This series features tangos by Ernesto Nazareth, Eduardo Suoto, Astor Piazzolla, Marcelo Tupinamb√°, and Carlos Gardel; and music from Bach's Second Well-Tempered Clavier.

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View the program for March 24, 2024


Download the scores (Only public domain tangos, courtesy IMSLP)


House concerts beginning February 2024. Public concerts beginning March 2024.


House concerts beginning March 2024.

Piano Tuning and Service

Schedule your tuning online or visit Albuquerque Piano Tuning for more information. Text 505-600-1077 for a direct (but slower) scheduling alternative.

Past Performance Series and Recordings

Goldberg Variations

Bach's monumental work.

Presented at St. John's College, Wayland Academy, the Austin Waldorf School, and house concerts in NYC, Denver, and Austin.


June 30, 2016

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Austin Waldorf School: June 12, 2016 | House Concerts June 14, 16, 17, 19

New York

February 28, 2016
Steinway 29

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Key Color

A romantic key-cycle. Emotional qualities of key regions are brought to light through historical and unequal temperaments.

Presented at Virginia Commonwealth University and house concerts in Denver and Austin.

Virginia, Santa Fe

July 14, 2014
Key Color

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Four Fugues on Unexpected Themes

A set of compositions in my favorite contrapuntal texture. This project was a result of a "counterpoint club" with Peter Stopschinski in Austin, TX.

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Denver, Austin

March, 2013
Four Fugues on Unexpected Themes

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