Robert DeFriese

Robert D.

Phoenix, AZ

About Robert D.

Background check: Last verified 10/30/2015
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Robert teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: February 2005
Last sign in: 4 days ago


Hey there! I've been performing music for as long as I remember. (I used to give concerts for all the family gatherings!) I've been formally performing in music for over 30 years. I have formal training and 12 years of teaching experience. I teach with positivity, patience, and perseverance and help you express the music in you!

*** Lesson Details ***
All of my lessons are customized to your needs, preferences and goals. No matter what instrument or skill level, I'll take you through the basics and help you build solid practicing fundamentals. I'll also help you develop your performance and, depending on how serious you'd like to get, I can also teach you to read music and learn music theory as well! I balance learning and technical skill with fun and self-expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated music room, stocked with guitars, basses, and practice amp, keyboard and computers with recording software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, practice amp, and/or instrument cords. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, and prefer they have an amplifier for electric instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in all genres, but have experience in rock, alternative, pop, jazz, and even music theater.

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Nov 2011 - Nov 2013
Music Life Performing Arts Studio (Norcross, GA)

Taught private lessons in guitar, bass guitar, voice and trumpet.

Vocalist & Bassist

Aug 2005 - Nov 2013
The Mixx - "Variety Rock, Pop & Alternative"

Sang lead and backup vocals and played bass for a variety cover band, and played private parties, corporate functions, weddings, and local bars and nightclubs.


Feb 2005 - Nov 2013
Muse For Life (Sandy Springs, GA)

Taught private lessons in guitar, bass guitar, voice, and trumpet.

Staff Musician-Vocalist, Bassist, Guitarist & Songwriter

Jan 2005 - Nov 2013
Atlanta Unity Church (Atlanta Unity Musicians' Guild)

Performed every week with a pianist/keyboardist, guitarist, drummer and/or any other guest musicians for each of AUC's two Sunday services. I performed Unity music, original music and a variety of spiritually-oriented, popular cover songs. I also WROTE songs appropriate for particular topics and/or sermons. I often sang with the church choir and performed songs with the choir as a member of the band.

Vocalist, Bassist, & Keyboardist

Jul 2005 - Aug 2011
The Mystery Trip - "Atlanta's Coolest Beatles Cover Band"

Sang lead and backup vocals, played bass and (occasionally) keyboards for a Beatles music tribute band, featuring music spanning ALL of the Beatles' albums.


Bachelor of Arts - School of Communication, College of Public Programs

Aug 1990 - May 1994
Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

Music - Vocal Performance

Jan 1987 - Jun 1987
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)

Music - Vocal Performance

Aug 1985 - Dec 1986
Phoenix College (Phoenix, AZ)
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19 Reviews on Robert D.

Edward Aug 16, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Kaelyn M. Jul 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Robert was so patient to teach my little girl from the start.. we liked the way he taught her yesterday
Satya K. May 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Rob is a great teacher. I feel very comfortable in our lessons and I am progressing.
Gustavo L. Apr 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I wanted to wait a while before giving Rob a review so that I could be fair and honest about his teaching and my experience. Rob is a kind, dedicated, and patient singing instructor. He understands how to make students feel comfortable with singing, which for me was a really big deal. I'm a 25 year old male and that didn't make him flinch, despite my lack of formal musical training.

Rob's also great about letting his students pick songs that they're actually interested in singing and is encouraging when you're struggling. He understands how to point out strengths and remains optimistic in a way that bolsters your confidence and helps you get over whatever obstacle (mental/physical) that stands in your way. There's no "can't" when working with Rob. Only suggestions on how to be a stronger singer and words of reinforcement.

In my time learning from Rob I feel my vocals have improved pretty dramatically. I can sing without strain, my power, breathing, and general understanding of proper singing technique have improved ten fold. He gives you the tools that you need to continue working on your own (singing exercises, keyboard warmups, stretches, plosives, etc.). I can't say enough good things about the guy.

I would recommend Rob to music lovers of any age that want to learn a new skill. I hope to continue taking lessons from Rob for a long time to come. Thank you for all of your hard work, Rob!
Robert B. Mar 9, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Rob and I are off to a great start. He is helping me with the fundamentals in both reading and singing music. Looking forward to next week.
Kye C. Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far. The lessons are great and Robert has been professional and encouraging. Thank you
Kye C. Feb 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far. The lessons are great and Robert has been professional and encouraging. Thank you
Jamie R. Oct 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher very helpful and knowledgeable. Helped me dramatically
Debbie F. Sep 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great personality. Learned about chords and ways to practice. Recommend!
Allan Aug 3, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
I have been taking lessons from Rob for several years. He is a terrific instructor and very personable. I know have an excellent knowledge of my instrument, some music theory, and can play music with other musicians. I highly recommend him
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