Stephen has taught at Notre Dame Since 1986. He has worked professionally as a guitarist, composer and instructor since 1980. As a guitarist he has performed extensively as a soloist and in ensembles performing original works as well as classical and jazz works from Bach to Duke Ellington. His own works incorporate his love for Classical, Jazz, Popular and Folk music. He holds a bachelor in Music Composition from Indiana University and a Masters in Music Composition and Guitar Performance from the University of Redlands, CA. He studied with Terry Graves of the Falla Trio and William Kanengiser of the L.A. Guitar Quartet. Stephen also studied composition with Barney Childs at the University of Redlands. Stephen and his wife Joellen have published their own instructional series Guitar Academy.
Joellen Miller has assisted Stephen since 1992 as an instructor and tutor. She has studied with Stephen since 1991 and with him is owner and operator of Miller Guitar Academy in Mishawaka, Indiana. Her expertise in expressing concepts and techniques, her love for teaching and helping others gain understanding and confidence in their playing make her a phenomenal teacher. She is also co-creator of the instructional series Guitar Academy.