Robert Murillo

Robert M.

Fort Worth, TX

About Robert M.

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Robert teaches: Ages 5 to 75
Special needs
Teaching since: November 2008
Last sign in: Yesterday


I am a Music EC-12 Certified Educator with a degree from The University of St. Thomas, working on my Masters of Music Education from Texas Christian University of which I am on full scholarship as the Graduate Music Education Assistant. I am partnered up with the Cool Cats Music and Art Studio which is a family based music lesson studio in North Fort Worth where I hold a position as music instructor and director of summer music programs.

My previous career roles include being Children's Choir Director for All Saints Catholic School (2015-16) and General Music Educator for Stafford Elementary School in Stafford Municipal School District (2011-15). My education experience covers many schools and programs in the Houston area, including various HISD schools as well as working for the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory school as vocal, ukulele, bass guitar, music history/theory, and piano instructor.

My background in music is mostly vocal, working with choirs and ensembles my entire life. I have also spread my abilities to work with Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, ukulele, and voice. I have many experiences with different genres such as American Folk Music, Jazz (Early to Fusion), and contemporary Rock/Pop, World Music, Christian/Worship/Catholic Liturgy, Rn'B, and Country music.

As an Music Educator, I have the strengths of being a distinguished musician and Professional educator which provides me with advanced knowledge in my field of study and interest, teaching for every age group from pre-school to Adult as well as influencing the fun, creativity, and expression of music no matter what the instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
The music lessons will consist of a concise and strong education of their instrument as well as essential theory and history. I develop individual lesson plans for each student and subject, working on formative goals and objectives to work towards for every lesson and throughout the year. I look forward to being able to help students accomplish and enjoy their instrument, utilizing their interests and genres with a variety of texts and literature at many levels, looking to always expand my own collection to meet the needs of the students. I am comfortable with providing digital and paper materials as well as providing recordings and video studying resources with YouTube. I know in my heart and mind that I have something to offer to any student at any level in my studio, and, I am equally as passionate about providing an honest atmosphere for evaluation and positive criticism. With every lesson I always encourage brief reflection over the practice, study, and instruction, responding to every critical juncture that comes along the way. Being a certified educator and music instructor, I know that respect, understanding, honesty, human emotion, communication, and professionalism are the most critical components of a healthy Teacher-Student relationship.

Over 1200 Lessons taught with since 2010

*** Studio and Resources ***
I have the necessary tools to operate in and out of my studio. Within my workplace I always have my electric keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, music library, printer/scanner, recording equipment, full sound system with mixer amp, guitar amp, microphone and stand, tuner, music stands, iPad stand, and comfortable space and seating. I also have expanded my studio capabilities that is an entirely digitized database and curriculum. Starting in August 2015, I will also be able to provide lessons out of the Music Department of Texas Christian University.
I expect for the students to provide their own instrument so that they are able to practice at home. I operate on MAC OS and IPad systems that maximize the technological uses of my in home studio.
Be prepared to learn more than you ever anticipated as I provide many resources. I also push for supplemental music instruction within the lessons, adding basic training and music learning skills needed for accompaniment instruments such as the acoustic guitar, ukulele, and piano which allow for students to have a stronger understanding of their music.

Photos and Videos

The Ukulele Day Camp at Cool Cats Music and Art Studio (Saginaw, TX) July 18-22, 10am-12pm


Graduate Assistant (TCU)

Aug 2015 - Present
Texas Christian University

Graduate Assistant to Music Education Department Working under Dr. Sherri Neill

Children's Choir Director

Aug 2015 - Present
All Saints Catholic School

Part Time Choir director at PK3-8th grade school

Private Music Instructor (Guitar, Voice, Piano, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Music Theory/History)

Sep 2010 - Present
Robert M. Private Music Studio

I have operated my private music lessons studio in Houston since my senior year at The University of St. Thomas in 2010. I have managed a variety of students of all ages, utilizing in studio, online studio, as well as travel studio to student locations. I have taught in several cities of the Greater Houston area as well as in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Arlington regions where I currently reside.

Music Theory and History Instructor

Aug 2010 - Present
The University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory School

I work at several music education camps featured at my alma mater, The University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. I have worked several positions through this institution, including instructing Piano, Guitar, and Ukulele in addition to conducting for the inaugural MPS Children's Choir in UST University Singers Winter Concert in December of 2010.

Vice President

May 2014 - May 2015
Stafford Primary and Elementary PTO

General Music Educator

Aug 2011 - May 2015
Stafford Elementary School, SMSD

I loved my awesome school, go Stafford Spartans!


Masters of Music Education

Aug 2015 - Present
Texas Christian University

Music Education, B.A

Aug 2007 - May 2011
The University of St. Thomas

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Texas Music Educators Certificate

May 2011
Texas Education Agency (The University of St. Thomas)


Takelessons Published Article for Guitar in Dallas

May 2015

Takelessons Published Article for Ukulele in Dallas

Apr 2015

Graduate Assistantship Scholarship

Apr 2015
Texas Christian University School of Music


Texas Music Educators Association

Jan 2011

Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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25 Reviews on Robert M.

Brandon Z. Sep 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Robert achieves the perfect balance between encouragement and constructive criticism to drive improvement. I have already learned ways I've been singing wrongly and have learned new ways of singing correctly. I have a new excitement about singing and want to continue taking lessons.
Nate G. Aug 11, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I'm just learning to play guitar. I am very comfortable learning from Robert and am enjoying it!
Kobrie Jul 7, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 4.5 y/o daughter is loving her weekly guitar and ukulele lessons with Robert. He is kind, patient, and "makes the lessons SO fun" (a direct quote!) In just five lessons, she has learned several chords, and can play a couple of nursery rhymes. My daughter is excited to practice at home, and is excited to learn more from Robert. I can't thank him enough for making her first experience with music such a pleasurable one.
Daniel T. Jun 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Perfect. Look forward to continue learning with Robert.
Tim May 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Robert is a really positive teacher who helped me learn a lot about my voice as someone who had never taken voice lessons. I really enjoyed my lessons with him!
Emory B. Apr 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
So far Robert seems to be a great instructor for kids, due to his background with school programs.
Rick J. Dec 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great lesson, enjoyed it very much.
Andrew Ponder Aug 30, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I don't have much to compare to since this is the first teacher I have ever had on this subject matter. What I can tell you is Robert for exceeded any expectations I had for a music teacher. He is effective and can tackle individual challenges from unique perspectives that will help you overcome you hindrances all while being very personable. I received Sheet music, training CD's and training documentation. Additionally I received recordings of each lesson which I you will not believe how helpful that is, it's like have the lesson all over again.

Robert takes the approach of an professional educator with high expectations of his students, if you truly want to improve in the realm of music, singing or otherwise, you will improve with him. He wont have it any other way!
Davey C. Jun 5, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Davey is loving his singing lessons
John C. May 29, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter and I both took lessons from Robert. He is a great teacher and a really great person. Robert impressed me immediately with his knowledge and proficiency on the guitar, bass, ukulele and piano, and his patience and understanding about how to teach music. Some music teachers are incredible musicians but not good teachers, but Robert is great at both.

I highly recommend Robert to anyone looking for a music teacher for any instrument, any age, any genre.
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