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Reginald Miller, piano lessons, piano teacher, theory lessons, Richmond Hill, York Region, Thornhill, Unionville, harmony, rudiments, counterpoint, sight singing, dictation, pedagogy

About Reginald Miller


Reginald Miller has taught piano for over 40 years. His early studies were with Lyell Gustin in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He obtained the Associate diploma of the Trinity College of Music, London, England (ATCL) as well as the Licentiate diploma (LTCL) and Fellow (FTCL) from the same institution.


Reginald studied with Nadia Boulanger at the Conservatoire américain de Fontainebleau, France in 1977 and subsequently studied for three years in Paris on a French government scholarship. He continued his studies at the University of Toronto with Patricia Parr where he obtained a BMus and MMus in piano performance.


Since 1982, Reginald has taught in Toronto. He has prepared many students for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations in both piano and theory. He taught sight singing, dictation, keyboard harmony, harmony and piano departmental literature for 15 years at the University of Toronto. He taught advanced harmony at the Royal Conservatory Summer School for 10 years and has been a senior examiner in both theory and piano for Royal Conservatory examinations since 1996.


Reginald taught at the Yamaha Corporate School where he gave classes to gifted children in the Junior Advanced Course focusing on improvisation, keyboard harmony, composition, solfège and ear training.


Reginald has been active as a vocal coach specializing in French mélodie, German lieder and English art song. He frequently gives workshops to Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association branches and adjudicates at music festivals.


Reginald is a Royal Conservatory of Music Certified Teacher, and he holds memberships in the following organizations:


Since 2003 he has been teaching at his studio in Markham, Ontario.

In 2022, Reginald was awarded the ORMTA Contribution to Teaching Award.


Recent Festivals Adjudicated

2022: Steinway Crescendo Competition, Toronto, ON

2020: Steinway Crescendo Competition, Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC - Online

2019: Kiwanis Music Festival, London, ON - Senior classes

2016: Yip's Music Festival, Markham, ON - Senior piano

2014: York Region Music Celebration Festival, Richmond Hill, ON

2013: Kiwanis Music and Arts Festival, St. Catharines, ON

2012: Chinese Cultural Centre Piano Competition, Toronto, ON

2012: Kiwanis Music Festival, Toronto, ON - Intermediate Piano

2011: Kiwanis Music Festival, London, ON - Senior Classes

2011: Markham Music Festival, Markham, ON - Senior Classes

2010: Yip's Music Festival, Markham, ON - Senior piano


Recent Workshops for ORMTA

2017: Barrie, ON: Articulation and Ornamentation in Baroque Music

2016: Oshawa, ON: Grades 8, 9, List D and 10 Lists D and E Repertoire from the 2015 RCME Syllabus

2014: Belleville, ON: Ornamentation and Articulation in Baroque, Classical and Romantic Music

2014: Oshawa, ON: Selected Intermediate Repertoire

2013: Brampton, ON: Selected Repertoire for Intermediate and Senior Grades
2013: Oshawa­ and Whitby, ON: Grades 7-9 Baroque and Classical Repertoire
2012: Mississauga, Etobicoke and Scarborough, ON: Ornamentation and Articulation in Baroque, Classical and Romantic Music
2006: Kingston, ON: Sonatinas and Romantic Repertoire, Grades 8­-10
2003: North York, ON: Bach Inventions and Sinfonias

RCM Examining

June 2019: Vancouver Centre, BC

June 2018: North Vancouver, BC; Burnaby, BC
June 2017: Nelson, BC; Trail, BC; Surrey, BC
August 2016: Richmond, BC
June 2015: Vancouver Centre, BC
January 2015: Edmonton, AB
August 2014: Kelowna, BC; Surrey BC
June 2014: Port Alberni, BC; Nanaimo, BC; Victoria, BC
June 2013: North Vancouver, BC; Burnaby, BC
August 2012: Richmond, BC; Vancouver Centre, BC; Surrey, BC
June 2011: Nanaimo, BC; Duncan, BC; Victoria, BC
Jne 2010: Wingham, ON; Walkerton, ON; Orangeville, ON
August 2000: Burnaby, BC




"My daughter has studied piano with Mr. Miller for more than two years. Mr. Miller is an outstanding piano teacher. He has a very well rounded approach that includes piano theory, sight reading, ear training, performance and recital. He always been able to strike a perfect balance between rigor and gentleness. He is very kind, very patient, and he inspires his students to enjoy learning and to love music. I have introduced Mr. Miller to quite a few of my friends who also sent their kids to him. All of them are very happy!"

                      - Carol Y., Markham, ON


“Reginald Miller is an exceptional music teacher.  Having engaged in advanced studies in piano performance, music theory, music history and piano pedagogy with Mr. Miller, I would recommend him highly to anyone who is considering study in these areas.  Mr. Miller is very congenial and highly professional in his manner, and imparts learning that indeed reflects the great wealth of his own experiences in Europe and North America. He has a wonderful approach with young people and adults alike.  Students who are already advanced in their studies will find that they are taken to a new level in terms of their piano technique and style.”

                     - Indira Brown, Uxbridge, ON


"My son couldn't be happier when he finished his ARCT exam with first class honours. I am very greatful that I found Mr. Miller three years ago. He is much more than a qualified teacher... humble, patient and kind. Mr. Miller is a professional pianist who can show his students how to perform better. His great knowledge of music helped my son pass all his theory exams. In addition, he encourages his students to go to different competitions for experience. His teaching style is the key to his students' success. My son would not have made it without Mr. Miller. I highly recommend Mr. Miller to those who care about their children's musical interests and career."

                     - Maxine Chen

"I studied with Mr. Miller for four years to do my level 10 piano and theory, ARCT theory, and prepare for my ARCT Piano Performance exam. Mr. Miller is skilled in helping students achieve a higher level in their playing and I found that my performances became more refined. His attention to detail has help me listen more acutely, and become critical and aware during my practicing. Working with Mr. Miller has given me the tools to prepare to study piano performance at the University of Ottawa."

                       - Annika Fabbi

"A kind, thoughtful, vastly experienced, and extremely knowledgeable teacher, Mr. Miller has brought my piano skills and overall level to one much higher than I ever expected or thought possible over the past four years, including RCM’s piano level 10. Mr. Miller helps students look more deeply at the details of the music being played. By helping incorporate relevant styles, tone, and historical context into students’ interpretations, he provides key insight into aspects of performances, lifting them to a much higher standard. His patience, professionalism, and witty sense of humor  make for extremely productive, effective, and enjoyable lessons I can whole-heartedly recommend to anyone playing at any level. Whether you are a beginner just starting out, or an already experienced performer looking to further enhance your performances and hone your technical skills, Mr. Miller’s expertise and dedication surpass any expectations, providing students with the confidence, skill, and knowledge they need to flourish in all aspects of their musical development."

                        - Andrei Corlaci, Toronto, ON

I am very lucky to have studied piano and theory with Mr. Miller for 5 years, I passed my ARCT performance exam, and made music an important part of my life. Mr. Miller is a kind person and professional musician. He guides students to explore music and reach their full potential step by step. I enjoy Mr. Miller’s lessons. His experience of piano performance and his understanding of music theory brings the music alive. Mr. Miller is a patient teacher. He teaches students how to be attentive to details, while also seeing the big picture. In his lessons, students learn not only piano skills, but also develop ear training skills and a foundation in music theory. Mr. Miller encourages students to perform. He hosts recitals and helps students prepare for exams and competitions. With his perspective as a senior RCM examiner and experienced adjudicator, Mr. Miller prepares students very well for exams and competitions. These competitions inspired me and brought my piano performance to a higher level. I sincerely recommend Mr. Miller to all students who wish to learn piano and music.

                        - William Zhou

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