Daniel Mills


Instruments & Instruction Offered

  • Clarinet (any level, all ages)
  • Saxophone (any level, all ages)

Lesson Rates

  • $22.50 per 30 minute lesson
  • $45.00 per 60 minute lesson

Lesson Cancellation Policy

I require 24 hours notice for lesson cancellations or rescheduling. Any lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the normal lesson amount. I also count a “no-show” after 15 minutes of the scheduled lesson time as a cancelled lesson charged the normal amount.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Primary teachers Jon Manasse and Kenneth Grant.
  • Master of Music in clarinet performance at University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Primary teacher Daniel Silver, I was a teaching assistant to Daniel Silver, and was responsible for teaching undergraduate clarinet students. I received weekly feedback on my teaching throughout my 2 year degree.

Teaching Philosophy

My goal as a teacher is to develop a secure, trusting relationship with each of my students. I aim to provide you or your child with structured lessons and assignments, while supporting each student’s own creativity and exploration of music. It’s very important to me to learn each student’s unique learning style, personality, and musical interests so I can best help you to grow your skills, confidence, and love of music.


Dan Mills is a clarinet and saxophone performer and teacher living in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a substitute clarinetist with the Greeley Philharmonic and Fort Collins & Cheyenne Symphonies. He has been teaching clarinet for 8 years, including online teaching via Wyzant and Zoom since 2019, when he began teaching saxophone, as well.

Previously, Dan earned his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance at CU Boulder, where he was a teaching assistant to Daniel Silver. Dan was responsible for teaching undergraduate clarinet students, and received weekly feedback on his teaching and pedagogy instruction from Professor Silver.

Dan completed a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied with Jon Manasse. At Eastman, Dan performed with the world-famous Eastman Wind Ensemble, doubling on contrabass, bass, and eb clarinet. Dan can be heard on the recent EWE recording “Images”. At Eastman Dan also developed his saxophone skills through lessons with undergraduate and graduate saxophone students from the Eastman Saxophone Project, a group which performs entirely from memory without a conductor.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Dan played in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra for 3 years, where he held the Kemper Endowed Principal Clarinet Chair. Dan attended the Interlochen Arts Camp for 3 summers.

Dan also enjoys drawing, biking, and exploring the outdoors in Colorado.