Here are a few of the comments our students have left for us. Leave your’s at the bottom of the page and we’ll add it.
#1 by James Whittaker on June 13, 2016 - 3:24 pm
“My son went into RMI a decent guitar player and within six months became a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and front-man for an amazing band. Needless to say, he loves RMI.”
#2 by Joel Calvo on June 25, 2014 - 7:31 pm
In my opinion Roberts Music Institute (RMI) is by far the best place for all ages and skill levels wanting to learn to play guitar (other instruments and voice as well). Nothing compares to its quality of instruction and opportunites to perform monthly in “real” band venues (e.g., Bake’s Place, Boxely’s, and Hard Rock Cafe).
There are several factors that separate RMI from other music schools:
First, Jay Roberts (the proprietor) is not only a world-class musician (of which there are a very small handful in the area) but he has attracted several talented professional musicians/teachers to RMI as well. They know their stuff from theory to its application in all styles of music
Second, probably most importantly of all is RMI’s approach to learning. It is based on the seminal music instructional techniques utilized all over the world created by Jay’s father Howard Roberts (Google Howard Roberts and you’ll see what I mean).
As one of RMI’s important differentiators – the instructors (Jay, Chris, Scott, Brandon – to name only a few) have an in-depth understanding of “how we learn” and “how to practice.”
This has been invaluable to me to more quickly learn passages, songs, etc. This is something you will not find on YouTube!
Third, The Players Club is a blast to be a part of and an extremely unique opportunity to perform with other students in public venues. The bands are well matched with those of a similar age and skill level ranging from children to older individuals like me. These bands are coached and led by the various RMI instructors.
I am a member of the Southern Rock band, which is coached by Scott Elsberry. He brings decades of experience to our rehearsals and performances – every time we get together I am not only having a blast and “living my dream,” but I am also learning a lot from the “band experience.” Like all the RMI instructors he really cares about what we are doing and gives it his all to maximize everyone’s experience and fun!
Fourth, The school has a very supportive and fun vibe. You will notice this the minute you walk in the door. Sometimes learning can be frustrating. This “vibe” helps me persevere when I hit those inevitable difficult patches. The result is that I always looking forward to my lessons or rehearsals whether I am frustrated or excited about my progress.
In summary, the quality of RMI instruction and instructors, supportive and fun environment, and the ability to perform live with my peers is a second to none experience.
To Jay and your team… thank you for your gift to my “late in life” music education and for what you are doing for your students and community!
#3 by Bob Mulvey on November 1, 2013 - 4:32 pm
I just want to express my appreciation to Jay and the entire faculty at RMI. I had the opportunity to spend a few months studying with Jay, Chris, Scott and Brandon. Each instructor gave me a special perspective on the guitar and helped me become a better musician. One unique element of the instruction is that it stretches you to learn things you may never have attempted otherwise. Over several weeks, Jay patiently worked with our Jazz-Rock group to learn Chick Correa’s complex instrumental “Spain”, which we successfully performed at a few venues. The school is a true gem, and each instructor exhibits the knowledge and professionalism that can only make you a more complete musician. Best of luck to everyone at RMI and I hope our paths cross again.
#4 by Greg Yost on September 10, 2013 - 12:07 am
I recently was able to travel to Seattle to take the guitar immersion program with Jay and his staff (Lucien, another amazing guitar player). It was an incredible learning experience and I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to increase their play on the guitar. The Roberts Super Chops method is amazing, great new chordal playing for me, applicable chord voicing, solo and scale applications in all keys. Really great stuff. All the folks at the school were super. Also was able to play a bit with other players and that was great fun. If you are thinking about a new learning experience go for it!
#5 by Dr. Steve Gurgevich on June 5, 2013 - 3:33 pm
I spent the better part of a week with Jay Roberts at the Roberts Music Institute. I have known Jay for about 30 years, and his dad, Howard Roberts, since 1975. While staying with Jay, he set me up with an incredible learning experience – a guitar immersion at his school. This involved lessons with eight different instructors during the week. This intensive guitar immersion was exactly the ‘jump start’ I needed to revitalize my study of guitar. Each instructor, including Jay, was not only an outstanding musician, but each was equally outstanding in their teaching skills. Every instructor was unique and offered exactly what I needed within minutes of assessing my level of playing. Combined, the 8 lessons comprising this guitar immersion put it all together for me to move forward with a well-integrated lesson plan that I brought home with me to Tucson, Arizona. I cannot say enough words of praise and appreciation for the faculty and staff at the Roberts Music Institute. My experience of this ‘guitar immersion’ at RMI stands out as the greatest highlight of my musical journey. Thank you, Jay and everyone at Roberts Music Institute!
-Dr. Steven Gurgevich
#6 by Jacob Jung on July 26, 2012 - 2:57 pm
I spent many memorable months at Roberts Music Institute, not only with my teacher Lucien La Motte, but with all the staff there. There wasn’t one person I met there that I felt intimidated by or uncomfortable around. Everyone there is very inviting and very friendly. Lucien is without a doubt the best teacher I have ever had and I would recommend him to newcomers seeking to enroll at RMI. Not only is he a phenomenal guitar player and knowledgeable in music theory, he is also very skilled at finding out what practice materials best suit a player’s skill level and playing style. He also plays bass guitar and drums and does vocals, each in every style that you could care to name, and does it RIGHT. Are you freaking kidding me? Who is this guy, right? lol! And then there is Jay Roberts, who I have seen play at Grand Cru twice and constantly jamming with the likes of Gibson and other players at RMI. Holy moly. When I saw this guy play, I could not even believe what planet I was on. Seeing Jay Roberts and Lucien La Motte doing things on guitar that I’ve never imagined, things that I’ve never thought possible, really inspired and motivated me to become just like them someday. Seeing the difference in our playing abilities, I have a long way to go before being great musicians like them; perhaps after playing for 15 more years, I’ll come somewhat close? XD I’m very sad to be leaving RMI for music college after all this time, but it has been a very rewarding experience the whole way through and has revolutionized the way that I view music. I’ll try to come back someday, so that I can show you guys my progress!! Thanks for everything, RMI!
#7 by Jim Allchin on October 11, 2011 - 4:29 pm
Jay Roberts is one of the best guitarists on the planet. How’s that for a statement! I’ve taken lessons from many guitarists, some of them quite famous, and Jay is one of the most versatile teachers around. You want jazz, no problem; you want blues, no problem; you want Hendrix, no problem. He has taken his love for teaching and created a unique, fast paced learning environment at RMI, including some world class instructors. The better the teacher, the faster you learn. The better the material, the faster you learn. That sums up Jay’s world.”
-Jim Allchin, Guitarist/Singer (former co-president Microsoft Corporation)
#8 by Alex Fuchs on May 3, 2011 - 3:53 pm
(RMI Showcase @ Grand Cru – April)
Jamming with Robben Ford and Jay was one of the coolest things I’ve done. I had so much fun at that show.
#9 by David Jacobs on November 14, 2010 - 10:52 pm
I highly recommend RMI for students of all ages and abilities. They have a class for you! For the younger set, they have a specialized programs to facilitate learning the guitar. For the more experienced individuals, there are many options to choose from. Private lessons combined with an ensemble works for a lot of us.
I had been playing guitar for many years and often thought about taking lessons, but between kids and work, just did not find the time. Maybe, it wasn’t just the time. Taking the first step on any endeavor, can be very difficult.
While discussing guitar players, a friend told me about Jay, and that he was one of the best guitar players around. I subsequently saw he was playing at a local venue and was able to attend. I was blown away with his talent! I had a chance to talk to him between sets and found him to be a very gracious individual. He told me about his school and the programs available to meet the needs of a wide range of players. Blues, jazz, rock, shred…… whatever style you play or want to play.
I was very interested. It still took a bit for me to call and schedule the initial visit. I am very glad I did.
My experience with the entire staff of RMI has been great. The instructors focus on the positive aspects of your playing, while strategically guiding your development.
I am taking private lessons with Jay, and while it is a pleasure just to listen to the man play, he is a very encouraging instructor and can inspire you to take it to the next level. It does require considerable effort on your part, but the interaction and feedback provides focus for your accelerated development.
It can be a challenge to find other musicians to collaborate with, due to conflicting schedules, musical tastes or skill level. The ensemble groups provide an excellent opportunity to address this need. I have met some very talented, like minded individuals, in these groups and these connections extend beyond RMI.
I encourage those of you who are considering making an investment in yourself, and your personal development, to take the first step and call RMI. You will be very pleased!
#10 by Jim Ashe on November 1, 2010 - 11:16 am
When I started lessons at RMI I knew I was going to have the very best guitar instruction. I just didn’t know how great. This is a remarkable school that is operated by superb musicians with extraordinary music teaching skills. In just a short span of time we have focused on my core goals of jazz/blues improvisation, theory, sight reading and music transcribing. I am have a good time learning guitar and music stuff I’ve always wanted to know, with very talented instructors. Best of all, its in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Jay Roberts and his staff have put together a diversified curriculum that covers all kinds of very cool programs. Come ready to play!
-Jim Ashe (Granite Falls WA)
#11 by Alex Douthitt on July 28, 2010 - 1:28 pm
My name is Alex Douthitt. I am 18 years old and have been playing guitar since I was 10. At age 14, I started taking private lessons with Jay who dramatically helped improve my playing. I also took one of Don Mock’s theory classes and did a rock ensemble at RMI. With the help of Jay, I mastered “Eruption” at age 14. Shortly after, I stopped RMI. In the following years, I began playing and singing in various rock bands around the seattle area. I also began teaching my own private guitar lessons. I started taking lessons with Jay again during my senior year to prepare me for my audition with Berklee college of music. I also took voice lessons with Kelly during this time. I was recently accepted to Berklee and start this fall. I don’t think I would have made it without the help of RMI. The instructors at RMI are some of the best musicians there are. I recommend RMI to anybody serious about music. ESPECIALLY FOR THE GUITAR! I can’t think of anywhere else in the area that offers the experience you get at RMI.
#12 by LKD on May 4, 2010 - 7:57 pm
The musician ear-training 101 class has helped me focus on identifying intervals and as a result, has helped me pick out melodies by ear. I highly suggest this class for all musicians
-Lisa Kay Deeter
#13 by Tirzah Bauer on April 20, 2010 - 4:52 pm
RMI is awesome! I had such a wonderful time learning with Scott and getting excited about playing Guitar. Plus everyone was positive and nice towards me, even though I didn’t know a THING walking into it. You have a great establishment and it makes me happy that you guys are around.
#14 by Clifford Dibble on April 3, 2010 - 9:45 pm
Thanks to Jay and Don and Rob and Scott and Jill and everyone else that makes RMI such a special place. I’ve been playing in RMI ensemble classes for over two years now, and it’s definitely big fun. The instructors are top-notch, and the ensemble classes are a great way to network, meet new people, learn tunes and chops, and play “real gigs” for the recital. Coming to RMI is always one of the week’s highlights. We are very lucky to have RMI and so many of the area’s top-notch musicians so close by.
#15 by Evan Foster on July 21, 2009 - 4:39 pm
Hi! My name is Evan Foster, I’m a Seattle-based professional musician (singer/songwriter, guitarist for Boss Martians, recording engineer, producer) currently studying lead technique with Jay Roberts. And wondering why I didn’t start studying with Jay years ago. Within four lessons my skill level, articulation, and understanding of how to construct exciting, well-excecuted, flat-out kick ass leads, has increased in ways I didn’t think possible in such a short amount of time. I came to Jay seeking knowledge, that special kind of knowledge only the masters can help you gain, and after every lesson I feel I’m further on my way to being able to play the way I want to play. Jay ensures that I understand the material, sends me home with KILLER exercises that are FUN, REWARDING, and incredibly USEFUL. Every guitar player feels a certain kind of electricity, an energy, when they master a new lead form, scale, lick (what have you) – since I started studying with Jay, I’m accomplishing daily what would have taken me months on my own. I am more than excited to be studying with Jay Roberts @ RMI. I would recommend this instructor to ANYONE, ANYTIME. Thank you Jay & RMI!
-Evan Foster (Seattle, WA)
#16 by Fred Francis on July 14, 2009 - 6:41 pm
I found the seminar with Jay and Don (Howard Roberts Seminar) to be one of the best guitar classes I have ever taken. Almost 2 years after the class, I still find myself accessing the material I received. RMI continues to deliver insightful, supportive musical instruction. I would recommend the seminar to both old and new students of the guitar.
#17 by Andrew Kroschel on November 24, 2008 - 5:17 pm
Finishing my third quarter of classes at RMI I could not be more pleased. I have been challenged, met interesting people, and found myself loving the guitar all over again. It is refreshing to see people who teach and are passionate about it. Jay is an excellent instructor because he can teach to any skill level and works with you wherever you find yourself. Super Chops II has given me an excellent opportunity to explore around the neck and take licks or ideas that I might hint at in my playing and drill them so I can use them with much more confidence and flavor than I would otherwise. RMI is well worth the time and money you will invest!
#18 by Sadie Norkin on November 2, 2008 - 5:19 pm
Since recieving instruction at RMI my playing has at least doubled in acuracy, clarity, speed, and overall knowlege of the guitar neck. The instruction is amazing and the teachers here are always friendly and professional, which makes all of the lessons fun and helpful/informative. RMI=love 🙂
#19 by Colin Jackson on August 26, 2008 - 5:21 pm
I just wanted to compliment you on the Super Chops 1 curriculum. I have achieved remarkable technical improvement as a result of taking this class and I am looking forward to additional superchops classes. The program has accomplished what years of private lessons and a library full of books has failed to do. Thanks and great job.
#20 by Thomas Aukai on June 10, 2008 - 5:22 pm
Super Chops resulted in exactly what I was looking for, and as advertised. Increased speed, accuracy, and timing, and to some degree, more so than expected. The atmosphere at RMI is one of a kind, and I’m bummed I will no longer be able to attend once Fall comes around…moving out of the state. Jay, set up an online school so I can join you all, seriously. Peace
#21 by Doug Faber on June 5, 2008 - 5:23 pm
I just completed the Super Chops class and man, have I become a better guitar player. The drills and exercises have bled over into my playing and I find I’m much faster and far more accurate in my fingering. Thanks Jay! This was a great class. I can’t wait for Super Chops II!
#22 by Andrew Kroschel on June 4, 2008 - 5:24 pm
I just finished the superchops class and it was amazing. Jay is an excellent instructor on his way to having a world-class program. It is hard to find quality guitar instruction at a reasonable price put on by people committed to their students’ success. RMI is that place and I am happy to be a part of it.
#23 by Arnie Reischl on January 11, 2008 - 6:12 pm
Tim has set great expectations and results with all the 3 Blues Ensembles I have taken. He is the best for finding the talent in his students and assisting them to find their groove.
#24 by Scott Williams on January 11, 2008 - 6:11 pm
I am very happy and impressed with the guitar education I have received at RMI. First of all, RMI has truly top rate musicians who happen to be highly skilled teachers. My primary teacher at RMI is Tim Lerch, a great guitarist and man who never gives up on you, always has the right solutions for challenges you face, and keeps you motivated. I am 51 and just picked up a guitar a year ago for the first time. I spent the first half of that year trying to learn on my own (slow and not very effective) and the last six months learning from Tim at RMI (very effective and fun). In addition to taking private lessons with Tim, I am taking the Blues 1 course with Jay Roberts. Jay is one of the best jazz guitarists alive and also a very good teacher. All of the staff at RMI make you feel welcome. Classes at RMI are a great value.
#25 by Ed Schmidt on January 3, 2008 - 6:13 pm
I began learning to play guitar about one year ago and being part of the Fall 2007 Acoustic Guitar Ensemble was the most rewarding musical experience I have had. We had a great group of guys in the ensemble and Mike McGee did a fantastic job of leading us up to our perfomances at RMI and Daman’s. I also appreciated the kind words, help,and encouragement from Jay and Rob, and the other instructors at RMI. This was the first time that most of us in the group performed in front of an audience, and although it made me very nervous, I had a wonderful time being part of our performance. As a group, we had such a good time in the ensemble that the whole group has signed up for the Winter session. I can’t wait to get started again!
#26 by Daman's Bar & Grill on December 13, 2007 - 5:42 pm
Dear Roberts Music Institute,
I’d like to thank all of you for the wonderful night of music at Daman’s. It was a pleasure to hear such a wide variety of music, and I hope, a pleasure for you to have a chance to play a venue such as Daman’s. The sound was excellent, the musicians were great, all was professional and well performed! Your guests were particularly nice and patient. I certainly appreciate the business you brought us, as well. Any of you are welcome at our weekly Open Mics on Wednesday s for further practice, or just getting to know others in the music community. Again, thank you for your dedication, professionalism, and quality of each of your performances. It was a treat for all of us at Daman’s.
Daman’s Bar & Grill
14810 NE 24th st
Redmond, WA 98052
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