Milestones Music is a growing team of Sacramento musicians who all have the same drive: Helping students discover and achieve their musical goals. Milestones founder, Jamin Coller, has a long history of success in training musicians and teachers alike:
Jamin has taught music privately for over 15 years and has played with and studied under jazz greats (pianist Joe Gilman, saxophonists Mike McMullen and world-famous Dave Liebman, and Mumbo Gumbo's drummer Rick Lotter) and plays in the Sacramento area, performing several times at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. After completing the Jazz Saxophone coursework at ARC, Jamin continued on to study jazz at Sacramento State University, where he earn his bachelor’s degree.
In addition to playing jazz in Sacramento, Jamin has a great deal of performing experience in contemporary Christian and gospel music. Jamin spent several years writing, arranging, and conducting as the music pastor at Lifepoints Church. He has also written, arranged, and conducted music for the Gospel Music Workshop of America and assisted in the arrangements for the Sacramento Youth Symphony. Jamin has played with Martha Munizzi, Tramaine Hawkins, Lincoln Brewster, Joe Pace, Dorothy Love Thornton, and the Rev. Prince Yelder and plays annually in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Sacramento. You may have seen him recently in a regular performance with one of several of the bands that perform at “Gospel Day” in the California State Fair. Recently Jamin has also assisted the music pastors and musicians from Sacramento churches like Abundant Life Fellowship, Bayside, and others.
Before opening his own music studio, Jamin spent nearly 10 years as a full-time, credentialed school teacher. In addition to teaching the core subjects to his own middle school classroom, Jamin taught a range of music classes, including AP Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation, and a variety of choirs. Teaching all grades from kindergarten to high-school, he has developed a wide range of teaching styles. In addition to accolades from colleagues, Jamin has received multiple commendations from WASC (the accreditation agency for all Western US high schools and colleges.)
While fighting the idea of opening just another music school in Sacramento, Jamin's passions for music and for teaching united when he realized what was missing from so many music studios: teachers who care more about student goals than teacher goals.
That's when he wrote the most flexible teaching curriculum in the world: Non-Linear Music, and dedicated himself to taking music education to the next level.
"Not everyone wants to become a professional, but that is the only track most teachers will teach. Whether out of laziness, insecurity, or an over-excitement about a particular method, most teachers push all their students throught the same pages of the teacher's favorite lesson books, but most students just want to have fun playing music at their pace. That's what we do - we give students a say in what they learn and how fast they learn it."