Mr. Miera estimates he has taught music to as many as 8,000 students. He is passionate about helping young musicians become intrinsically motivated and self directed.
Impacting Students I enjoy teaching a music history lesson at various grade levels and regarding different genres. It provides students a perspective to relate to people from different cultures, times, and beliefs.
Lifelong Learner At the Colorado Music Educators conference, there were several workshops on the music and movement approach called Dalcroze Eurythmics. Working together as a team we began to develop a unified language and a through-line curriculum for teaching music and movement to all of Graland's children. I continue to work with my fellow performing arts colleagues to become a better movement teacher.
Favorite Teaching Moment Seeing students’ excitement and elation after a performance, whether in the classroom, private lessons, or public concerts.
Feels Rewarded When ... The children run rehearsals and/or performances on their own.
Favorite Composer Beethoven, because he helped transcend the rigors of the Classic period to create emotionally inspired music that opened him to the infinite.
Joined Graland in... 1997 - A Master Teacher!
Also Known As ... Music Enrichment Coordinator, Gates Coach, Festival of Light Coordinator
Hometown Albuquerque, New Mexico
Education Bachelor of music education from the University of Northern Colorado Master’s in education from Regis University
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.