Robin R.

Robin R.

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22 Reviews
Burbank, CA

About Robin R.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 and up
Female Ages Taught: 5 and up

Overview

I've been a songwriter since I was a teenager. I have been teaching music for almost as long. As a teacher, my joy comes from seeing a student realize they have grown, or discover something they now can do that they could not do before, and the confidence gained through their efforts with my guidance. I carry around the Beatles Pocket Reference Guide at all times and preach the gospel of their songwriting legacy to my students when necessary and whenever possible!! I equally love the mystery of the musical ear, and music theory, and how it all works together...I love purple. For all those who know me, I always match in whatever color spectrum I decide for that day, and I always have been that way. I believe in Angels on Earth, I searched for the Lochness Monster (No luck!!) I love animals. I have 2 rescue dogs, and 3 rescue cats, 1 more comes to have dinner and hang out. I named my son after the musical "Oliver" and the name suits him! I like that Oliver means " peace offering" I grew up in the Hollywood Hills, and love the history of Hollywoodland, I also love music and TV history. My uncle Sherwood co wrote 2 of the most iconic TV themes of all time in GIlligan's Island theme and the Brady Bunch. My mom, (Judithe) and I wrote songs together for 25 years. I named my first publishing company after my dog, Atso and he was the president and his legacy lives on in his name.

Employment History / Credits

Songwriting School of Los Angeles 2010- present
Musicians Institute 1992-present
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) 2013 - present
Neighborhood Rock School 2013- present
Dick Grove School of Music 1985-1992
LA Recording Workshop 1998-2005
The Baywatch Production Co / Fremantle Media 1989-1999

Education:

Dick Grove School of Music

Composition Program 1982-1983
Keyboard Program 1983-1984

Hollywood High School 1979
Honors in Music and History

ATAS member since 1997
Emmy judge for 15 years

Platinum Hit :" Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" Starship /RCA Records
"The Last Time" Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) / WEA Records
Gold: "Where Are You Now" Roxus / Austrailia / Mushroom Records
Wrote numerous songs for TV show "Baywatch" 1989-1999
Songs /music in various TV movies, reality shows, films 1979-current
Collaborated with American Idol Top 5 finalist Brooke White
American Idol songwriting contest finalist 2007 / Jordin Sparks year
Co authored Music Book "The Lead Sheet Bible" A step by step guide to doing lead sheets and chord charts, published by Hal Leonard Publ. 1998



*** Lesson Details ***
To me every student is unique and special, therefore I design the lesson around what they need and or want to learn. With the younger students, I strongly suggest we work out of a book as well as me giving them handouts to work on too. There are many and various books by Faber and Faber I love to use. Hal Leonard and Alfred Publishing have some great books depending on the students needs. With kids, it's important to keep it fun and interesting, and get them on a practice schedule. I believe one must have much patience with the younger students and the level of communication must be high, keeping them engaged and focused. With teens and adults, it depends on where they are at, and I always ask what they want to concentrate on. A well rounded piano lesson would work on reading, technique, theory, songs. Again, depending on the type of student, the lesson would incorporate more /and or less of these components.
I've been coined the "Chord Queen" by many students because of my fascination with how theory plays a subconscious role in songwriters who write by ear and if I'm teaching songwriting, we are looking at how the song is structured, the lyrics,the music, and of course the harmony and arrangement and I'm here to guide the student to be able to finish the song, and them be happy when it comes to fruition.

The subjects I've taught:

Piano
Theory
Ear Training
Songwriting/ Artist Development
Music History
Transcribing/Chord Charts/Lead Sheets
Music Publishing/Copyright

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano I teach at in my home, I have a photo copy machine to make copies and Wifi access if the student needs to bring their computer.Ipad, etc in regards to songwriting

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring music/paper/pens/pencils/hand outs/sheet music
Students should have piano/keyboard/Access to computer, or ipad would be helpful for research,examples. Lots of people have their music on their cell phones.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly Contemporary music,but have taught in many styles
pop/Rock/Country/Jazz/Soul genres

Photos and Videos

Back in the mid 90s, my best friend and I started a band called Venus & Mars. It was short lived because she moved to Nashville to be closer to her family and I stayed in LA. But we put out 2 records,got signed to Avex Trax/JVC Records in Japan, got a nice fan base, and remain close friends to this day. This was a TV performance we did back in 1994.

Experience

Songwriter Jan 1989 - Present
The Baywatch Production Co / Fremantle Media

Wrote songs for the TV show Baywatch

Songwriter Jan 1989 - Dec 1999
The Baywatch Production Co / Fremantle Media

Wrote original songs for TV show Baywatch

Education

2 Certificates Jan 1982 - Jun 1984
Dick Grove School of Music

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Certified in Piano & Composition & Music Theory Jun 1984
Dick Grove School of Music

Studies in piano, performance, ear training, sight reading, music notation, 8 levels of music theory, composition, songwriting, arranging, music direction, chart writing, lead sheets

Awards

Platinum Record Jul 1986
RIAA certified

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Jan 1979
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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22 Reviews on Robin R.

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Bhavana May 14, 2014
My favourite songwriting teacher

I studied at Musicians Institute with Robin. Out of the many teachers I learnt from. She was my favorite songwriting mentor. I couldn't have asked for better. I graduated in March 2013 and till date I cannot forget her part in my music career.
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HelenV May 14, 2014
Wonderful teacher
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Haoyue K. May 14, 2014
Great Teacher!

Robin taught me my first songwriting lessons and gave me a lot of inspiration for lyric writing. She's a super sweet and patient teacher.
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Divina D May 14, 2014
Excellent teacher

As a young singer/songwriter I wanted to learn from someone who I felt like knew what they were doing. Not only was Robin extremely helpful and professional, but she also became a good friend. After I stopped taking weekly lessons, Robin still provided me with wonderful opportunities and always put out a good word for me. I felt like Robin always had my best interest in mind and really started my love for songwriting. I would definitely recommend Robin for anyone seeking help and I am extremely great-full to call her one of my mentors!
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S W May 14, 2014
Dedicated Piano & Song Writing Teacher

My 9 year old son has been taking piano lessons with Robin for two years now. Robin makes piano playing fun and stress free. She is always thinking of ways to keep him motivated in learning, including writing songs together during his lessons. With Robin, my son has learned music theory and the structure of contemporary song writing in a fun way. She is a very dedicated teacher.
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Vincent V. May 14, 2014
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Robin teaches two of my children in our home. She arrives on time and is easy to communicate with when conflicts arrive. More importantly we had an 8 year old boy that passionately rallied against taking piano lessons. It was a struggle to get him to agree to even make an effort on the first try. Then he met Robin. In a single lesson he was inspired to not only continue but started working on a song he wanted to compose. Now we are several months in and both children eagerly anticipate their weekly lessons with Robin. I couldn't be happier!
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Anna J. March 6, 2014
Robin is great!

Robin is a wonderful piano and music theory teacher. She is a pro
who knows how to inspire students to be the best they can be. Her experience
and expertise are immense, yet she is amazingly patient, calming and motivating.
Robin has helped me reach levels of music that I don’t think I would have with
any other teacher because of her vast experience. I highly recommend Robin for
anyone who wants to take music seriously and to the professional level.
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DouglasJ March 6, 2014
The Real Deal with Love

Robin has so much to offer as a songwriter and musician - years of experiences in the real world with real world success. She approaches her students with affection and gently prods them towards development. She is always encouraging and always has a story that will inspire and teach. My only regret is that I only scraped the surface in our short course together. Robin is a very talented and lovely person as well as a great teacher.
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FredH March 6, 2014
Guide To Your Own Talent

I started working with Robin after having taken a class with her at Dick Grove School of Music many years back. I could tell that as an instructor, she cared deeply for music and for her students, and so I approached her for private instruction in helping me to craft and shape songs that I had been working on. What I found in her was an absolute dedication to helping me find what it was I was looking for in each tune that I wrote, and a positive motivator to finding ways to tell compelling stories and expressions of feeling in the melodies and words that I chose for each project. The nearly impossible trick to choosing good instructors is to find those who know their artistry very well, who are able to explain and guide their students towards their own expansion of growth, and who truly love their craft and that act of teaching it. Inexplicably, Robin Randall is all of these things in one person.
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FredH March 6, 2014
Guide to Your Own Talent

I started working with Robin after having taken a class with her at Dick Grove School of Music many years back. I could tell that as an instructor, she cared deeply for music and for her students, and so I approached her for private instruction in helping me to craft and shape songs that I had been working on. What I found in her was an absolute dedication to helping me find what it was I was looking for in each tune that I wrote, and a positive motivator to finding ways to tell compelling stories and expressions of feeling in the melodies and words that I chose for each project. The nearly impossible trick to choosing a good instructor is to find someone who knows their artistry very well, who is able to explain and guide their students towards his or her own expansion of growth, and who is an instructor that both truly loves their craft and that act of teaching it. Inexplicably, Robin all of these things in one person.