Welcome to the MPH Music Department!
The purpose of the Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School Music Program is to cultivate the students’ love of music and love of learning as they grow into contributing members of society. The Program does this by exposing the students to a wide variety of genres, cultures, and styles to help them develop personal relationships with music and most importantly, personal relationships with each other. Through these personal relationships, students become strong musicians and learn valuable life skills such as empathy, respect, kindness, community, dependability, time management, and punctuality.
- Michael Miller
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Music has been an enormous part of my entire life. My mother was a church music director, and she instilled in me a love of music early in life. Throughout my school days, I participated in everything I was allowed to join: choir (even my adult church choir), handbells, concert band, marching band, jazz band, jazz choir, musical theatre, and private music lessons.
After high school, I pursued Clarinet Performance at Concordia University, Irvine. I went on to California State University, Long Beach, for a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance degree.
How did I get to teaching you may ask? Well, after teaching band at a small private school in Orange County, I realized my true passion was in education. Therefore, I went back to Concordia University, Irvine, to receive my Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music. I still love to play, though. As a Woodwind Doubler, I love to play in the pit orchestra for stage musicals. I professionally perform on piccolo, flute, clarinet, and saxophone.
Besides loving all things music, I am also a huge Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fan and am obsessed with coffee! :)
I currently live in Anaheim with my wife, Sarah, who is an Elementary Teacher. We enjoy traveling (pre-pandemic), movies, tv, reading, and spending time together with our two cats, Ella and Lily, and our dog, Wall-E.