Robert Rocco

Robert R.

Winston Salem, NC

About Robert R.

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Robert teaches: Ages 13 to 75
Teaching since: May 1989
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

Both my mom and dad were musicians and taught private lessons at home, so I grew up wanting to be a part of the music making. Now I am a university music educator who performs frequently as a soloist and collaborative pianist. I hold piano performance degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Yale. In addition, I've studied chamber music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France) and vocal accompanying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. I perform as a church musician, choral accompanist, and recital pianist in traditional and more modern styles. I'm active as a collaborative artist in competitions, auditions, and recordings. In the past three years I've been studying ballroom dancing for fun and as an extension of my interest in experiencing music from the standpoint of total body movement. It's been a game-changer for sure!

*** Lesson Details ***
I favor an easygoing approach to lessons as a joint venture (and Adventure) between the student and me. I enjoy encouraging students and responding to their individual needs and levels of accomplishment. I have taught beginners of every age as well as more experienced pianists. For beginners I aim to establish a comfortable relationship with the instrument so that they can feel at ease in playing in high and low registers and everywhere in between. For more advanced players the goal is to connect good technique with their own innate musical skill. Students at all levels will work on their music-reading and sight-reading skills. If your dream is to learn to play piano, I can help you to get started. If you already play, I can help you to prepare for auditions and recitals and, in short, to reach the next level. Let's roll!

*** Studio Equipment ***
six foot grand in living room seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
For many years I taught young children from the Frances Clark "Music Tree" series. With more intermediate and advanced students I used the Alfred Series as well as volumes by James and Jane Bastien. I also enjoy teaching and coaching students in the art of accompanying, particularly in choral music and vocal art songs. This is a specialty of mine, as I have made my living as a collaborative pianist. In recent years I have studied more popular genres that include piano arrangements of Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers, and many other American composers. While I shy away from teaching these to young students (even of high school or college age), I do occasionally teach contemporary arrangements of hymn tunes (Mark Hayes, Larry Shackley, and others) to students who show promise in handling modern genres, which of course require no small amount of technique and discipline.

Photos and Videos

Going for Baroque!

Experience

Faculty

Sep 1999 - Present
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Teach aural skills (sight singing, musical dictation, music theory)

Accompany vocal and instrumental studios

Vocal coaching/Diction

Education

Master of Musical Arts (1989), Master of Music (1988)

Sep 1986 - May 1989
Yale School of Music

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors

Sep 1980 - May 1984
Carnegie Mellon

Languages Spoken

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

German Lieder for Singers and Collaborative Pianists

Aug 1987
International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria)

For achievement in all aspects of German Lieder, including translation, diction training, style, and interpretation

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4 Reviews on Robert R.

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Lucy Jan 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Highly skilled, positive, and kind!
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Brena' N. Apr 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Robert is a great teacher! He was very patient with me and designed the lessons to accommodate my needs as an adult beginner.
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DEVILA T. May 7, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
So far my daughter has good experience advancing in the piano leasson. Looking forward for her to learn more and get some mastery.

Piano teacher is very patient and communicates very well with my daughter. We don't have any chance for her to perform using her piano skills yet but may be in the future.
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Jennifer R. May 5, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Piano Lessons

My son truly enjoys his time with Robert. Robert is patient and works well with children. He works at a good pace and provides encouraging feedback on a consistent basis. Robert tailors his lessons for the individual student and their interests and ability. Thank you Robert for your professional manner in which you teach.