About Us

Mission Statement
  • At MGA our mission is to give individuals the music training and encouragement needed to effectively learn and enjoy playing music on the guitar.
  • We promote music as a shared experience in our studios, at home and in the community.
  • We use progressive methods to develop a firm basis for advancing.

Our Faculty

Stephen Miller
Playing guitar since 1969 Stephen brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to his sessions at each level of playing."It has been my goal to remove obstacles to learning with a user-friendly method that gives the essential building blocks in a clear and progressive way”. The GuitarInteract series by Stephen and Joellen Miller has been used successfully to teach thousands of students at Notre Dame, I.U.S.B. and at Miller Guitar Academy.

Since 1986 Stephen has taught guitar at Notre Dame. He has performed extensively as a soloist and with ensembles of all sizes including the South Bend Symphony. He has composed for many instruments and ensembles including the guitar. He holds degrees from Indiana University and The University of Redlands, CA. in Guitar and Composition. His guitar teachers include Dick Wisner, Terry Graves of the Defalla Trio and William Kanengiser of the L.A. Guitar Quartet. His composition professors include David Barton, Wayne Bornsteadt and Barney Childs.

Joellen Miller is co-creator of GuitarInteract and with her husband Stephen owner of Miller Guitar Academy. Joellen studied with Stephen at Notre Dame for four years. She currently teaches classes at Notre Dame and adults, children and teens at Miller Guitar Academy. Her years of experience in the business world and as a mother of three gives her unique gifts in relating to students and their families. Joellen has been instrumental in developing the children's program and arranging student performances at Barnes and Noble, Bethel College and The Mishawaka Penn Public Library.

Alexandrea Widelski teaches the "Early Learners Program" at Miller Guitar Academy. Miss Alexandrea has been tutoring college students and teaching at MGA since 2009. She has been a student of both Stephen and Joellen Miller since age six and now plays professionally as a soloist and in ensembles including "Duo Salterello" along with Stephen Miller. She also performs with the MGA Quartet along with Joellen Miller, Stephen Miller and her brother Brandon Widelski. Alexandrea has attended the Interlochen Summer Guitar Program and performed in the Midwest Guitar Ensemble Festival in 2011 and 2015.