Dale has been playing guitar for 46 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of New Mexico, where he studied with renowned Cuban guitarist Hector Garcia.
After graduating from UNM, Dale played professionally with the group Juniper out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, an original folk and bluegrass band, music which reflects Dale’s interest in American history and folk traditions. During this time Dale specialized with classical guitar, the banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and fiddle.
After settling in Colorado Springs, Dale’s formal training continued with seven years of concentrated study with University of Denver classical guitar instructor Ricardo Iznaola. Iznaola is also an internationally known classical guitar instructor, composer, performer and recording artist.
In 1992, Dale was selected by Colorado College (C.C.) to teach classical guitar and he remains at C.C. today. He is also the director of the guitar ensemble at C.C.
Dale J Miller launched our Colorado Springs Childbloom Program in 2004. It is the first and still the only program of its kind in the state. Childbloom students travel from all over the area to take guitar lessons with Dale and our Childbloom instructors.
The Childbloom Guitar Program is specifically designed to teach music skills to children 5 to 12 years. Students are taught with the high skills guitar technique, as it is a style that does not limit their ability to expand.
Adults have always been on Dale’s scope. He expanded is business with the Dale J Miller Center for Guitar Studies, giving the adult program its own identity. Recently an adult ensemble group was started, and they have performed several in house concerts.
Dale is known primarily as a solo classical guitarist, But he released CD. “A North Star Christmas,” an instrumental collaboration with Richard Greene of North Star Studios. Dale’s second CD, “Odds and Angels,” is his first solo guitar album.
Dale co-authored a book on music theory with Charles P. Cabell called “Chordially Yours: Making Sense of Harmony,” which was published by Impavide Publishing in 2000.