Our Instructors are more than guitar teachers. At Childbloom we know that your instructor will be a mentor for your child. That’s why we are so careful in selecting, vetting and training our instructors to work with your child. Our teachers are consistent, have maturity, are conversant in all styles – from blues to classical – and can provide a positive, long-term experience that parents want.
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 Cuban guitarist, a master, Hector Garcia. Dale’s formal training continued with seven years of concentrated study with international performer and recording artist Ricardo Iznaola. He has been on the faculty of Colorado College since 1992. He is the instructor of classical guitar, mandolin and director of the guitar ensemble.
Dale is known primarily as a solo classical guitarist, but he has also taught banjo, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele and old-time fiddle, reflecting an interest in American history and folk traditions. After graduating from UNM, he played professionally with the group Juniper, an original folk and bluegrass band out of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Dale started the Childbloom Guitar program in 2004. In his first year he was awarded the Best 1st Year Program, and Outstanding Program Award for 2004-2005.
Dale has released two CD’s. In 1999, he debuted “A North Star Christmas,” an instrumental collaboration with Richard Greene of North Star Studios; ten years later, he released “Odds and Angels,” 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.
Neil Hesse, Instructor
Neil is originally from Arizona. He started playing the Violin at a young age. While he took up the guitar in high school, Neil went back to studying the Violin when he started at Colorado College, and played in the orchestra. He then switched his concentration to Guitar and studied under Dale Miller.
While in college he was also a member of the famed Steven Scott, Bowed Piano Ensemble and traveled extensively, world wide, with that group. When in Colorado Springs, Neil was part of the Colorado College Guitar Ensemble directed by Dale. Neil has a B.A. in Music from Colorado College.
Neil has studied with Dale for over eleven years.
Neil was certified in the Childbloom program in July of 2014. He joined the Childbloom team at Childbloom of Colorado Springs at that time as a guitar instructor for both children and adults. He has proven to be an excellent instructor and enjoys the ensemble environment. Neil is the director of the Childbloom Ensemble an the adult ensemble as well.