Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele
Styles - Adult Guitar/Private Lessons: Rock, Indie-Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Soul, Blues, Country, Pop Wiggleworms: Folk, Soul, Pop, Rock, World Music, Kids Music
Techniques - Adult Guitar/Private Lessons: Strumming/Rhythm, Chords, Fingerstyle, Barre Chords, Fretboard Knowledge, Singing & Playing, Music Theory (beginning/intermediate), Note Reading (private lessons), Songwriting Wiggleworms: Fun, Confidence, Joy, Love for Music and Instruments from All Around the World
Recipient of the Old Town School of Folk Music's 2014 Distinguished Teaching Artist Award
Shelley believes that everyone has the right to make music. She does her best to make her classroom a warm, fun environment where people can try new things, ask questions, and discover their musical voices. In both group classes and private lessons, she tries to meet students where they're (interest and ability-wise) at and present information/offer new challenges in ways that both allow and inspire students to grow at their own pace. She strives to break down new skills and techniques to make them easier to do and understand and to offer personal feedback to each student.
Shelley has won awards in numerous songwriting contests, including the 2012 Sandy Lee Songfest Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and the 2012 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival (Sisters, OR - Finalist). She’s performed at venues and festivals around the country, including the National Women's Music Festival, Chicago County Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, and Metro. She performs regularly around Chicago, both solo and with her band Shelley Miller and the BCC and also plays drums in the band Gold Harvest. She once sang a Madonna song with two members of the Counting Crows. When not making music, she likes standing on my head, riding her bike, and eating vegan cookies (though not usually all at once).
Get in touch with Shelley at SMiller@oldtownschool.org.
Education: B.A. English/Spanish, Indiana University
Shelley has played guitar since 1996, and began her "formal" music education as a guitar and voice student at the Old Town School in 1999.
Started at the Old Town School in June of 2002