305 Knox Ave.   Portland, MI.  48875      517-647-7030 or 517-285-0640         Miller Music Studio on Facebook


Sherry Miller        Piano/Voice      517-647-7030 or 517-285-0640                                                                                                                 


Rory Miller           Piano/Guitar     616-690-1755          


Maggie Timmer    Piano/Voice      517-575-7937


Joe Timmer          Piano/Guitar    517-624-9962     


Art Phelps            Drums              517-256-2531          


Ann Kissane         Bookkeeper       517-604-1852          


Shelley Perry       Webmaster       616-558-5863  


Adam Foote         Webmaster        517-647-2448             

Studio Year:  Lessons begin the week of September 10th, 2018 and will continue through Thursday, May 9th, 2018.

Christmas Vacation: The Studio will be closed Dec.8th-Jan.7th 

Thanksgiving Vacation: The Studio will be closed the week of Nov. 20th
Spring Vacation:  The Studio will also be closed Mar. 30th to Apr. 8th
***  Performance Recitals  ***
Christmas Recitals (Optional)

Sunday, December 9th, 2018   Performance at 2:00 PM at the Portland United Methodist Church

Spring Recitals (required)

Sunday, May 6th, 2018    Performances at 2:00 and 4:00 pm at the Portland United Methodist Church

The following studio policies are in accordance with those recommended by
MTNA and MMTA for independent music teachers.
We are very happy to offer online payment again this year.
If you would like to register for this payment option please email Ann, our bookkeeper, at  She will get the information to you for this process.  Each time you make a payment online please add $.50 per transaction.
 Lesson fees are based on 28 half hour lessons. Tuition is due the first lesson of each month.  The tuition payment schedule is on the next to last page.
*All invoices will be sent by email.  If you do not have email
a statement will be sent home with your student. 

The Studio will have all music materials available for purchase.  We are asking a $30 up front fee to cover all materials.  Guitar students can also find music and equipment at Elderly Instruments, Guitar Center and Marshall Music in Lansing and Firehouse Music and Guitar Center in Grand Rapids.

All students progress is consistent if time is given to daily practice.  Parents must be available to encourage good practice habits and to let us know if problems occur.



Students should always come to lessons prepared by
bringing their music and lesson notebook. 
Materials seem to be remembered more easily if they are kept in a music bag. 
Students, please remember to wash your hands before playing the piano
and keyboard at your lesson to help avoid spreading illness.

The scheduled lesson time belongs to the student.  You must pay the tuition whether the student comes or not. ALL STUDENTS MUST CALL IF  MISSING A LESSON. We realize there are emergency situations that are exceptions.
We will schedule 3 make-up lessons during the month of May.
**Three (3) missed and unexcused lessons will risk the loss of your lesson time.
Sherry Miller:  I received my Bachelor of Music degree with specialization in Music Therapy from Michigan State University in 1995.  I currently serve as the Contemporary Worship Leader and Organist at the Portland United Methodist Church.  I have been a member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), MSVMA (Michigan Schools Vocal Music Association) and MMTA (Michigan Music Teacher’s Association)  I taught elementary music at St. Pats for 9 years and directed the Portland Public School Choirs for 13 years.  I have both directed and accompanied many shows for the Portland Civic Players.  I also served 3 years as Vocal Coach for the professional acapella quartet Three Men and a Tenor and have been a voice teacher for American Idol star Shelbey Miller.
Rory Miller:  Rory is 37 years old and currently taking classes for a degree in worship music ministry at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing. He has been in many bands through the years and has traveled extensively as a professional guitarist/singer. He has been teaching private lessons for over 16 years. He has also been a rock band teacher at Appel Farm Art & Music Camp. He has years of experience working with kids in theatre, music, day care centers, youth group, and multiple summer camps. Rory has taken classes for audio production and worked in professional recording studios. As a songwriter, he has 5 albums of original material including “Born a Ghost” on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music. He plays as a member and worship leader of the praise team at Portland United Methodist Church each week.
Art Phelps:  Artie has been playing drums for over 52 years and has been teaching for the last 26 years.  He has played and recorded with various bands since 1964 and still plays part-time, currently holding down first chair with Frog & the Beeftones for the last 11 years.  He has done several shows with the Portland Civic Players, and also is a member of the PUMC Praise Team.  In 2000, he put together a band called The Duke Street Kings which included four of his students and himself and did several shows with them in the Portland area.   
Maggie Timmer:  Maggie is a Miller Music Studio alum that is currently pursuing a degree in Voice/Choral Education at the Western Michigan University School of Music. She has studied voice in the classical, theatre, and pop styles, and has experience teaching in both classroom and private settings. She loves to perform in musicals, write her own songs, play piano, guitar, ukulele, and make music with her friends and family. She can't wait to get started helping you bring the joy of music into your life! 
One student @ $17.00 per lesson
Two students @ $16.50 per lesson
Three or more students @ $16.00 per lesson
One time materials fee of $30.00 for all students
Payment is due the first lesson of each month and may be paid online or by check or cash. When paying online please add $.50 per transaction.  Payment IS REQUIRED for missed lessons.
*Please write checks to Miller Music Studio*
Month                       1 Student              2 Students               3 Students
Sept. (3 lessons)         51.00                         99.00                        144.00
Oct.   (5 lessons)         85.00                       165.00                        240.00
Nov. & Dec. (4 lessons) 85.00                      165.00                        240.00
Jan.   (4 lessons)         68.00                       132.00                        192.00
Feb.   (4 lessons)         68.00                       132.00                        192.00
Mar.  (4 lessons)         68.00                        132.00                        192.00
Apr. & May (5 lessons) 85.00                        165.00                        240.00
**Some months have an extra lesson depending on the day of the week but this is already figured into the payment schedule.  Your tuition IS the amount listed above.**    

Please return this signed form to the studio no later than October 5th.
I will endeavor to do my best to follow the guidelines as stated
in the Studio Policies for the 2018-2019 lesson year.
Student Name __________________________________________________
Age _____________________________                 Grade __________________
Parent Name  ___________________________________________________
Address _______________________________________________________
Home Phone ____________________________________________________
Work Phone_____________________________________________________
Student Cell Phone________________________________________________
Parent Cell Phone ________________________________________________
Student Email___________________________________________________
Parent Email ____________________________________________________
Emergency Contact _______________________________________________
                                    Name                                               Phone
Other Emergency Info (Allergies, Medications, etc.)_______________________
____________________________                __________________________
(Student Signature)                                    (Parent Signature)


Please write all checks to either Miller Music Studio or Sherry Miller.

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