Robert Murillo

Robert M.

Austin, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have worked with beginner and intermediate players of all ages focusing on rudimentary exercises, skill level books, Scales and Key Signatures, Piano Accompaniment Skills using Basic Chords, etc.

About Robert M.

I am a Music EC-12 Certified Educator with a degree from The University of St. Thomas and a Masters of Music Education from Texas Christian University.

My previous career roles include being Children's Choir Director for All Saints Catholic School (2015-16), instructor at Cool Cats, General Music Educator for Stafford Elementary School in Stafford Municipal School District (2011-15), J.O. Davis Elementary in Irving ISD (2017-19), and my current General Music position at Baty Elementary in Del Valle ISD. My education experience covers many schools and programs in the Houston area, including various HISD schools as well as working with the University of St. Thomas Music Preparatory school as vocal, ukulele, bass guitar, music history/theory, and piano instructor. I have also had affiliations with local DFW organizations, singing Tenor for "Voices of Fort Worth", teaching private lessons with RBR Muzik (Irving), and playing bass guitar for Holy Family Catholic Church.

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. 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 3000 Lessons taught with Takelessons 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.
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.


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38 Reviews
Isidro V.
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Very encouraging with my dad. He gave him confidence and positive reinforcement. And very thankful he was so flexible with scheduling.

Posted Dec 25, 2018
Robert Turner
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He did a good job

Posted Dec 21, 2018
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Excellent teacher and very patient.

Posted Dec 4, 2018
Luke B.
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It was for my grandson. Robert seems very nice and good with kids. I'm very pleased with him.

Posted Jun 10, 2017
Diana H.
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I asked my daughter to compare Robert to her old teacher on a scale of 1 to 5, she said 10, because she learned twice as much in one session than she did in 5 lessons with her old instructor!

Posted Jun 2, 2017
Luc N.
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Luc already knows piano and was at first reluctant to learn until he got Robert- he actually said he looks forward to the next lesson

Posted Jun 2, 2017
Athena H.
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Robert was very thorough with my child to fine tune her skills. She said she learned a lot with just one session.

Posted Jun 2, 2017
Emma H.
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Robert was very nice and patient with my 4 year old and she told me she loves guitar!

Posted Jun 2, 2017
Reginald D.
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Very very patient and hands on.. everything was in order and he was also very thorough

Posted May 8, 2017
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On first meeting, Robert is easy to get to know. We discussed what my skills were and what to work on. All went well.

Posted Mar 24, 2017
Adrian B.
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Robert worked magic on my daughter. She went from a mocking bird to a nightingale.

Posted Mar 5, 2017
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Robert is GREAT!

Posted Jan 17, 2017
Aidan M.
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We had a great 1st lesson! Robert is great with kids ! My son left his lesson saying "Well that was fun! I can't wait for my next one !"

Posted Dec 31, 2016
Brandon Z.
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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.

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Nate G.
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I'm just learning to play guitar. I am very comfortable learning from Robert and am enjoying it!

Posted Aug 11, 2016
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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.

Posted Jul 7, 2016
Daniel T.
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Perfect. Look forward to continue learning with Robert.

Posted Jun 30, 2016
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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!

Posted May 11, 2016
Emory B.
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So far Robert seems to be a great instructor for kids, due to his background with school programs.

Posted Apr 26, 2016
Rick J.
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Great lesson, enjoyed it very much.

Posted Dec 14, 2015
Andrew Ponder
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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!

Posted Aug 30, 2015
Davey C.
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Davey is loving his singing lessons

Posted Jun 5, 2015
John C.
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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.

Posted May 29, 2015
Arturo A.
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Very patient, and knowledgeable instructor. He's a friendly guy with a good sense of humor. Money well spent!

Posted Apr 15, 2015
Christina G.
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Robert has been teaching our son (age 12) ukulele online for several months. He has done a terrific job, engaging him. Our son has been taking piano for 7 years, so he had a good musical foundation to build on. Robert has good bandwidth and high resolution mic & camera.

Posted Apr 8, 2015
Christopher S.
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Awesome guy!

He was eager to help me with anything he can. Courteous. Polite. Organized. Great teacher. Thanks Bobby!!!

Posted Jan 8, 2015
Ping D.
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Robert is a very competent, patient, and kind music teacher. He is always trying to be encouraging and practical. He pointed out my strong area and weakness in a honest and comfortable way. I improved so much during the pass six month of singing lesson and am happy to learn some lovely songs. Now I start guitar lesson with him. Both singing and guitar lessons are challenging to Robert and me as I am not a young learner and everything had to start from the beginning. It has been a pleasure learning music from him. He loves animals and lives with his wife in a lovely apartment; they have a dog, a cat, and a turtle.

Posted Jul 6, 2014
Richard (Dick) J.


My teacher has been challenging me with work specifically designed to help me in the
areas where I am weak. I have walked away from every lesson with at least one or two new things to immediately help me improve. I couldn't ask for more than that. I plan to take four more lessons before evaluating my progress again. To say I am
pleased with the quality of teaching I have been receiving would be an understatement.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Seth P.

Bobby is an excellent teacher.

My daughter is eight years old, and she has had an excellent experience with Bobby. He has a gift for being able to push her and correct her while encouraging her at the same time. She loves her weekly lessons.

Posted Feb 17, 2014
Carolyn R.

Robert gets a Triple A Plus in all areas.

Robert is an excellent teacher. He helps me feel confident and capable even when I'm not doing so great! He is professional, competent, always prepared and always considerate. His singing is beautiful and that encourages me.

I enjoy the work because of his attitude and helpfulness. I really am lucky that he was the one I chose to work with. Thanks, Robert!

Posted May 24, 2013
Alan W.

I have confidence!

Robert was very courteous, patient and professional from the beginning. I've never sung before - other than in church (and that doesn't count) - so Robert had a huge task ahead of him. He helped me to the point where I'm confident in my future project - - and I will always be forever grateful. I highly recommend him. In fact - he was the ultimate instructor and teacher.

Posted May 17, 2013
Karen A.

Great with kids!

My daughter is 6 and new to signing. Mr. Murillo has been very patient with her and always trying something new things to see what works best for her. We have been very happy with the lessons!

Posted May 6, 2013
diana K.

Very good with children

Bobby was fantastic with my kids. He is very personable and easy to get along with. My kids felt very comfortable with him. His teaching skills were fantastic. He was always very patient and kept the kids always interested in the lesson!

Posted Mar 22, 2013
Nigel B.

Excellent teacher for students of all ages and experience

Robert has been assisting me with my bass guitar and acoustic guitar education. He has expertly weaved music theory into my lessons and has given me a huge boost to my musical confidence. I used to think some things would be too difficult and perhaps insurmountable but with his encouragement I feel a lot more confident. I have been helped because his lessons have been tailored to my needs and weaknesses. Robert is a very friendly music teacher who would be able to assist anyone of any age. I cannot recommend him enough.

Posted Jan 22, 2013
Stephanie T.

Highly recommend!

My daughter is thoroughly enjoying her lessons with Bobby. His education, real world experience, and great personality makes for an excellent instructor!

Posted Nov 10, 2012

robert m.

Robert is great. My girls are really enjoying their lessons. He is very patient and the girls are learning a lot.

Posted Sep 4, 2011

Extremely Helpful in my Journey

My short lived experience with Robert M.overall was extremely wonderful. He is very professional , timely and extremely knowledgable of the business of music. Each session was spent learning the quality of music for my growth as well as each minute spent on the art of music itself. There was no wasted time as well as no wasted money spent for my sessions. I would love to continue to use Robert in the future, if my career schedule permits. He has alot of knowledge to teach the world and a very noticable passion for doing so.

Posted May 23, 2011

Mother of child taking lessons

We are really enjoying our first few lessons with Robert. He is organized, polite and friendly. My Daughter feels very comfortable with him. He always has his lessons planned and promptly sends out homework. We are looking forward to more lessons with him.

Posted Mar 27, 2011

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General Music PK-5
Jul 2019 - Present

Del Valle ISD

I am employed with the south Austin school district, Del Valle ISD. I am home to Baty Elementary School where I will continue to teach elementary music!

Music Instructor/Curriculum Developer
Feb 2019 - Present


I teach private lessons and group classes at the Irving based music studio. I am developing their preschool piano program which will be piloted for schools 2019 Fall.

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.

General Music K-5
Aug 2017 - Jul 2019

Irving ISD

Elementary Music teacher for J.O. Davis Elementary IISD

Tenor Voice
Sep 2018 - Jun 2019

Voices of Fort Worth

I sing with local professional chorus, Voices of Fort Worth, directed by Dr. Jerry Bierschenk of Texas Wesleyan University

Bass Guitar and Vocalist
Sep 2018 - May 2019

Holy Family Catholic Church

I volunteer for my church Holy Family by singing and playing bass every sunday! (God is Good!)

Music Theory and History Instructor
Aug 2010 - Aug 2018

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.

Graduate Assistant (TCU)
Aug 2015 - May 2017

Texas Christian University

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

Children's Choir Director
Aug 2015 - May 2016

All Saints Catholic School

Part Time Choir director at PK3-8th grade school

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 - May 2017

Texas Christian University

Music Education, B.A
Aug 2007 - May 2011

The University of St. Thomas



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Texas Music Educators Certificate
May 2011

Texas Education Agency (The University of St. Thomas)


TMEA Online Journal Publication
May 2017

Texas Music Educator Assosciation

Graduate Poster Session Selection
Feb 2017

Texas Music Educator Assosciation

Takelessons Published Article for Guitar in Dallas
May 2015

Graduate Assistantship Scholarship
Apr 2015

Texas Christian University School of Music

Takelessons Published Article for Ukulele in Dallas
Apr 2015


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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