Kyle Miller


Expected graduation date: December 2012

Degree objective: Music Education (string specialist)

Instrument: CELLO!

University highlights, achievements and awards: ISU School of Music Minerva Pepinsky Award - 2011, ISU School of Music Henry Meurer Music Education Scholarship – 2011, ISU Residential Life Most Valuable Staff Member Award – 2011, ISU Honors Recital -2011, ISU Contemporary Music Festival Performer – 2010, ISU Symphony – 2008 to Present, ISU String Quartet – 2011, ISU Fiddle Group - 2011 to Present

High School: Perry Meridian High School

Hometown: Indianapolis

Family ties to ISU: None. I will be the first ISU graduate in my family.

I chose to attend ISU because the faculty were very warm and inviting. I like the smaller college feel to ISU. Everyone is very friendly; it feels like a family, and I feel like an integral part of campus and the community.

When I have free time… I love to go out to eat. There aren’t a ton of places to eat in Terre Haute, but a couple are gems. Real Hacienda is amazing; don’t listen to anyone that says differently. I also love watching movies, fiddling, and reading a good book. I used to love to sleep, but I barely have time to do that. It’s nice to go down to Starbucks and read just to get away for an evening.

My favorite places on campus to study are: The library and my room

My favorite professor is: I would not say that I have favorites, but I will say that several professors have been tremendous mentors for me. Dr. Fowler played a huge factor in my attending ISU. He was been a wonderful teacher and mentor, and I have grown so much as a cellist. Dr. Luebke has been a positive role model and mentor. Her classes are so energetic, and she has also been a large part of my positive college experience. Dr. Dean made music history bearable and fun; those classes are notorious for being hard, but Dr. Dean went out of his way to help in any way he could. Down in the basement of the CPFA, Kelly Fallon is the best instrument repair technician around these parts. Not only is Kelly amazing at what she does, she is a great teacher and a very kind person. Her classes were a joy, and I soaked up everything she had to say about non-string instruments. All of these people are so passionate about what they do, and this passion definitely shines bright.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with... anyone that is willing to have an adventure.

If I knew I could not fail, I would...keep the course that I am currently on. I cannot wait to educate young string players!

After graduation, I plan to...move out of Indiana and to a larger city. The sky is the limit, but I would love to live on the East coast.

The one ISU experience I will always remember is/will be..starting a fiddling group. When in high school, we had so many after-school groups that met for fun. This group has given me an artistic outlet and a safe place to make mistakes. It has been wonderful learning a new style of string playing with a group of phenomenal musicians.

If I knew then what I know now, I would…I would not have changed a thing!

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they…build in their practice time to their daily schedules. I did not do that my freshman year, and I regret it. Work smarter, not harder

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