About Robert M.
Welcome! My name is Rob and I am professional cellist, string music educator and conductor in the DC Area. I've been playing cello for over 20 years and I have taught various age groups in public school and private studio settings for almost 10 years in Indiana, Philadelphia and Washington DC areas.
I hold a Bachelor of Music Education from DePaul University (2010) and a Masters of Music in String Pedagogy from Temple University. I am certified K-12 instrumental/general music teacher in the state of Virginia. Currently, I am an orchestra director in Fairfax County Public Schools, I perform locally and teach from my home studio in Arlington.
I love to engage my students (of all ages) in various ways and find how they learn the best. Most importantly, having fun and working through the learning process! My philosophy is that we never stop learning! I consider myself a student always learning from my own students!
I look forward to offering my musical expertise and experience working with you to grow musically, technically and to reach your goals!!
Rob is a terrific teacher. He covers the fundamentals which my son really needed even though he'd been playing for several years before he started with Rob. Highly recommend.
AMAZING TEACHER! VERY CALM PERSON , WITH CLEAR EXPLICATIONS AND SUPER KIND!
is easy to see how the special is, and he did that a very dificult experience (like the 1st day lesson in Chelo is) , like if were something easy to learn!
He is an awesome tutor, and I learn a lot from this lesson. Unlike my previous tutor, he uses his cello to demonstrate things. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to improve at playing the cello.
I appreciated Robert's clear laying out of discussion for expectations, goals, strategies etc. for lessons. He went out of the way to make me feel comfortable and was very attentive to the lesson.
Robert is great. Professional, knowledgeable, and puts the student at ease. Tailors the lesson to the student's individual needs. Robert is flexible as well when life happens and you need to reschedule.
Rob is very knowledgable with regard to the cello--he and my 16 year old son hit it off immediately! He asked my son what he wanted to work on and then they spent the next 45 minutes working on those things. After the lesson, we worked out a continuing schedule of classes for the next few months. We are very happy with Rob as a tutor for my son and equally happy with TakeLessons!Show More
Rob has been a wonderful and engaging instructor for my 9 year old son. He explains new concepts clearly and is patient providing adjustments and corrections.
Rob is a great teacher. I hired him to help me play a song at a friend's wedding, having not played cello in years. He had some really helpful tricks up his sleeve to help reinforce the things we went over in each lesson, like bow technique and posture.
Rob was also very flexible in terms of what we focused on at each lesson. Working with him, it's easy to tell that cello and teaching are both passions of his.
Rob is clearly very happy teaching strings, and his enthusiasm is contagious. My 15 year old really looks forward to her weekly lessons with him. In addition to his dedication and talent as a teacher, Rob is prompt and organized.
Fairfax County Public Schools
Stallion Summer Strings
Vienna Summer Strings
Play On Philly
I currently substitute for group intermediate and advanced cello class. Additionally, I substitute as an ensemble conductor with the intermediate and advanced orchestra groups. These group classes and ensemble met at Freire Middle School in Center City
Tune Up Philly
Tune Up Philly is an after school El Sistema music program which is affiliated with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. It provides music instruction several days a week to parochial and charter school students aged elementary through middle school. Students learn to play their instrument of choice and more importantly how to become upstanding and involved citizens in their community.
Philadelphia String Project
Music and Arts
I maintained a cello studio of over 25 cellists. I would give weekly 30 minute lessons. I would help students prepare for school auditions, youth symphony auditions and solo auditions. I have also served for two years as a cello adjudicator for the Northern Virginia Region Solo and Ensemble events. Additionally, every spring I would hold an all studio cello recital where students showcased their hard work and practice!
Fairfax County Public Schools
I substitute taught for String Orchestra teachers in the Fairfax County Public Schools system. I have worked with Elementary, Middle and High School orchestra programs
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (International Program)
I served as the principal cellist of the International Youth Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, I traveled with the youth orchestra around Europe staying with host families in Germany, France and Belgium for one month. As a sectional teacher, i coached the high school cellists on passage work in sectionals before and during the tour. As a staff member, I ensured the safety and organized of my assigned groups. Overall, an amazing experience for any musician or teacher.
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Commonwealth of Virginia