MYami Band at Somerset Preparatory
Mr. Abdiel Miranda is a native of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. His interest in music started very early in his life. At the age of ten years old, he started taking private piano lessons and at the age of eleven years old, he started learning how to play the flute in a church concert band music program. By the age of fourteen years old, he starts taking lessons from Professor Pablo Vargaz (Band) and Enid Rivera (Flute) from a local specialized art school called “Escuela Libre de Música de Arecibo” where he found his passion for music.
At the age of 17 years old, he starts his college music studies at the Interamerican University Of Puerto Rico. After studying at the Arecibo and San German campus (Classical Music), he transfers to the Metropolitan Campus (San Juan) popular music program to study jazz performance under the guidance of Professor Ricardo Pons. In May 2004, Mr. Miranda obtained his bachelor’s degree with a major in art with a concentration in popular music.
In June 2004 he moved to Miami to pursue his career as a professional musician and music educator. Mr. Miranda has performed with local artists like Tony Succar among others and worked as a Band Director in many local schools like Richmond High M.S., Arthur and Polly Mays M.S., St. John’s Episcopal School (Homestead, Fl), Somerset Academy South Homestead (SOHO & SASH), among other private schools in the Miami area. He has also worked as a private music teacher in local music stores, his private music studio, and has given online music lessons. Currently, he is working with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS) as the Band Director of the Beginning Band after-school program at Somerset Preparatory Academy Homestead where he is also the school’s music teacher for Middle and High school levels. One of his passions as a music teacher is to be able to present concerts for the students to demonstrate their musical abilities. Along with his wife Melissa Miranda, he is also the worship leader and music director of Homestead Church with Pastors Jose “Beto” Santiago and Minelli Duclerc.
“As a music teacher, my goal is to give every student the individualized tools needed to be able to take a challenging task, like learning a musical instrument, and face it head-on, giving them a fair chance when trying to be successful at it.” – Mr. Abdiel Miranda