Rob Schmidt

Rob S.

Camarillo, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have played keyboard myself since the age of 7, and have played professionally for the past 40 years.
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Rob delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6 to 70

Teaching since:
February 1969

Originally from Chicago, I attended Chicago Musical College for 2 years before moving to Calif. and receiving my B.A. in music from Cal. State Northridge. I also have an M.A. in Education from there. I have been a band director in public schools for over 40 years. My bands have won over 50 1st place awards in music competitions. I have been playing keyboard professionally since the age of 14. I truly enjoy working with both kids and adults on a one on one basis, and provide a relaxed and friendly, yet goal-oriented experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
In each lesson,students will work on technique, music theory, and learn pieces (both from the method book and from supplementary material). I choose material for each student to use based on age, ability, and interest. I don't use a "one size fits all" curriculum. Although lessons are relaxed, I do expect students to do their part and work on the assigned materials at home. In addition,I enjoy playing along with students as soon as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: upright piano, chair, sports memorabilia, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide instrument (except piano) and music (which I would select)

*** Specialties ***
Can teach any school band instrument and keyboard

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Band Director, music teacher
Sep 1970 - Jun 2009
Pleasant Valley School Dist. Camarillo

I have taught music in Pleasant Valley School District for 40 years.


B.A. in Instrumental Music Education, M.A. in Education
Jan 1965 - Aug 1970
Chicago Musical College and CSUN
B.A. in Music Education
Sep 1966 - Jun 1970


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching Certificate
Aug 1970

Standard Secondary Teaching Credential in Music


Many award-winning bands over a 40 year teaching career
Sep 1970
Organizations responsible for judging musical competitions


National Education Association
Sep 1972

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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16 Reviews

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Heidi Apr 16, 2018
Accordion · In studio

My teen really likes Rob. He’s very experienced & educated. Great teacher!

Paul Oct 24, 2017
Accordion · In studio

Excellent first lesson. Very patient and great teaching method.

Brian Aug 16, 2017
Piano · In studio

Great instructor. Always a pleasure to go to class.

Brian Jul 6, 2017
Piano · In studio

I appreciate that Rob will teach me at my own pace. This is very helpful because I work full time and I'm not able to spend hours each day practicing.

Lola May 24, 2017
Piano · In studio

It's too early to review. So far, I am satisfied.

Dave N. Mar 1, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Fantastic first lesson

Aiden L. Dec 6, 2016
Trombone · In studio

So kind and patient. My son is an expert at veering off course and Rob just kept him right back in the music lane. Brought him to the basics and my son loved the lesson! Thank you Rob!

Kathy E. Nov 7, 2016
Accordion · In studio

I am coming right along in my lessons, making progress every week. It's due to Rob's approach, he's very easy to sit with and very easy going. He does a recital twice a year and I was very impressed with the rapport he has with his students and his program. Although I was very nervous about performing, it was the best thing I have done.

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Dennis L. Sep 29, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very patient and encouraging.

Kathy E. Jul 19, 2016
Accordion · In studio

Rob was very cool. He Made me feel comfortable as i was a little nervous about The lesson & how it would go. I would reccomend him to anyone inter esteso in Accordion lessons.

Larry P. Feb 9, 2016
Piano · In studio

I'm very happy with Rob as my teacher. He is very knowledgeable and shares that with me as his student.

Angel H. Jun 16, 2015
Piano · In studio

Rob is the best. Great teacher who really cares about student's progress.

James R. Mar 6, 2015
Saxophone · In home

We are off to a great start!!! Very encouraging.

Tracey L. Jan 31, 2013

Good instructor, goes at your pace/ability level

I've only been taking lessons with Rob for 3 weeks, but so far so good. After an 18 year hiatus from playing the flute, I decided it was time to go back to it. He's customized the lessons to go as fast as I am able to pick it up, as it is coming back to me quickly. I appreciate not getting stuck in a "set" order of lessons. He's knowledgeable, professional, a genuinely nice person and he is a very good, easy to understand instructor.

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MicheleS1 May 2, 2012


We laugh a lot when I goof up and he kindly leads me to where it will be better. We have had only 3 lessons so far and I have practiced every day, sometimes more than once per day and he says he can tell. Rob is a very experienced teacher and musician.

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MinG May 13, 2011

grateful student

I learned that Rob S. - knows his material- assesses the student (me)- articulates when answering questions- patient and kind- dedicatedI am very fortunate to have Rob S. as my music teacher. Rob S. is an A+ instructor!

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