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Review for Classes
5/5
Super Chops resulted in exactly what I was looking for

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. Please set up an online school so I can join you all, seriously. Peace

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Review for Classes
5/5
Super Chops 1 !

I just wanted to compliment RMI 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.

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Review for Private Lessons
5/5
FUN, REWARDING, and incredibly USEFUL.

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!

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Review for RMI Staff
5/5
definitely big fun

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.

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Review for Private Lessons
5/5
Helped me get accepted to music school

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.

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Review for Performance Bands
5/5
So much fun to perform

Jamming with Robben Ford and Jay was one of the coolest things I’ve done. I had so much fun at that show.

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Review for Classes
5/5
Love the teachers

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.

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Review for Private Lessons
5/5
Jay is great

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!

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Review for Private Lessons
5/5
Joel Calvo

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!

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Review for Private Lessons
5/5
Great for kids

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.

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Review for Performance Bands
5/5
I improved so much!

Jay and the entire staff at RMI are the real deal. Awesome group of people and incredible musicians. At RMI you really feel apart of the community and get to meet so many people playing in different groups and genres. I improved so much as a guitarist and vocalist playing in the seasonal players clubs and bands. I owe this improvement to the community that RMI fosters and the instructors. Being part of RMI is more than just a music school its an innovative approach to instruction that will push anyone to excel in a multitude of genres and performance skills.

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Review for Performance Bands
5/5
Awesome Experience!

This was such a great experience playing with the Hard Rock band at RMI. I looked forward to my weekly classes with fellow band mates. Eventually this transitioned into private lessons, as my schedule became more complicated with work. However, for the two years that I did this, I have the fondest of memories. I have improved so much as a student of RMI. I can not say enough good things.

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Educators

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Classes

An array of classes and extensive curriculum developed by Howard Roberts is available to students in both Private and Group settings.

Remote Lessons

Students have access to RMI through several satellite facilities, in Home lessons and online Skype lessons.  

Events

Our students and staff frequently get to showcase their talent, progress, and craft through local live performances.