Robert Murray

Robert M.

4 Reviews
Pomona, CA

About Robert M.

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Robert teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: December 2001
Last sign in: 3 days ago


I am a brass, voice and percussion artist and teacher, local to the Pomona area, specializing in many styles such as Classical, Jazz, and Pop. I am a tuba player at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim performing in numerous ensembles throughout the park. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Tuba Performance from CSU Sacramento and my master's degree in tuba performance at Azusa Pacific University. At APU I have held principal chairs in many ensembles including the Jazz band I, Wind Ensemble, graduate quintet, Vocal Jazz, and am the Assistant director of the Blackout Marching Band (APU). In addition, I was privileged to win multiple downbeat awards with the Sacramento State Jazz Singers where I sung bass and was often a featured soloist. I am featured as the bass singer in Selfless Cold and Composed on the Ben Folds' College a cappella album released in 2009. As well, I played in several professional drum lines including the San Francisco 49ers "Niner Noise" and Golden State Warriors "Aftershock". In March 2010 I became the first tuba player win CSU Sacramento’s classical concerto competition. Fluent on many instruments and in a wide variety of genres I have served on the music staffs at various drum corps and high school marching band programs around the state including Blue Devils "B", Sacramento Mandarins, Amador Valley HS, JF Kennedy HS as well as teaching privately for several years. I use my wide variety of musical knowledge, to provide each student with the opportunity to succeed in many unique ways via a positive, encouraging environment.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that each student has a chance to succeed in music. Through my years, I have found that improvement must be at the student's pace with encouragement and guidance to strive for greater excellence to reach maximum efficiency. As a music teacher it is my job to help each student figure out what his or her goals are and, together we will find which approach works best for you! For many students, this may include an academic and methodical approach, while others may prefer to explore their creativity in a less formal setting, emphasizing improvisational techniques. All in all, I aim to help each student achieve success however he/she may choose to define that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio room w/ keyboard, all brass, and waiting room seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument, Lesson Book if nec.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in all types of music including but not limited too Jazz, Classical, and Pop performance. As well I am quite well versed in Classical and Jazz theory due to an extensive background in both genres.

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MM Music Performance - Tuba Sep 2012 - May 2014
Azusa Pacific University
BM Music Performance - Tuba Jan 2005 - May 2011
California State University, Sacramento
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4 Reviews on Robert M.

Michele R. Feb 12, 2014
Verified Student
Highly Recommend

Robert is a outstanding trumpet instructor. He is not only very knowledgeable, but he knows how to communicate to his students in a way that makes sense. He is very professional but keeps the lessons fun as well.
DavidW3 Jun 29, 2012
Vocal Lessons

Robert is great to work with. We were able to identify my vocal range, introduce me to some basic music theory and help identify ways to expand my air capacity all within just a few lessons. I'm looking forward to each one and furthering my knowledge.
CoryS Apr 12, 2012
Roberts great. He's quick to spot what needs attention and approaches problems professionly.
RoschelleG Apr 3, 2012

Robert is doing a great job with Mason, he is very patient and mason really enjoys learning the piano , Robert makes his lessons fun and Mason looks forward to piano lessons every Sunday. We are very happy with Robert