Piano, Voice, & Harmonium
Lela Clawson-Miller is a solo and collaborative pianist, singer, harmonium player and yoga instructor. She combines her love of the expressive arts, human development and mindfulness/movement modalities, inspiring students of all ages to be themselves, trust the creative process and develop a regular music/mindfulness practice.
Lela has taught piano lessons for over 10 years in private studios as well as music schools across the country. She graduated with a degree in music from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently attends Lesley University, pursuing a Masters of Education with a focus in community and healing through the integrated arts. She continues to grow musically through her own songwriting/poetry pursuits, collaborative work in the Boston area and sound healing events.
For young students, Lela integrates the Musikgarten curriculum principles of early singing, drumming, dancing, and pattern recognition, paralleling the process of language acquisition. As students mature, the sky is the limit! We build a strong foundation of music language through theory, ear training, improvisation, composition, technique, harmonisation and repertoire. Repetoire is based upon student’s interests and talents, ranging from Bach to Tori Amos, the Beatles to Irish folk songs. Additionally, students are highly encouraged to write their own songs.
For those interested in developing a yoga/meditation practice alongside their music practice, Lela offers her experience as a yoga/meditation instructor. Through mindful breathing and gentle movement, students report feeling more connected to their instrument and to themselves. This is an option for individuals as well as small groups.
Lela is a nurturing, kind and motivating teacher. Her love of music and compassion for her students creates a wonderful teaching ecosystem in which to learn and thrive.