Lessons With Rob Roeder

Lessons With Rob Roeder

4.8 (6)
Best of 2022
13 hires on Lessons.com

About this pro

I'm a graduate of Musician's Institute in Los Angeles and I'm a full time professional bass player. Bands I play with in Austin include Trio Verde, Tad Hillin, Shakedown, and Power Union. I have 2 decades of teaching experience, and I love getting emails like this: "Good afternoon, just wanted to say I really enjoyed the lesson, I believe you are the teacher to get me to the next level. Looking forward to the next lesson Thank You so much." Let's do some lessons! I've also written music for many of the bands I've played in, and I recorded & produced Trio Verde's EP. I addition to bass & theory I also do lessons for songwriting and production.

My teaching resume is here:  http://www.robroeder.com/teaching.htm

My songwriting / production resume is here:  http://www.robroeder.com/tracks.htm

I've loved music for as long as I can remember, and I've also found that teaching helps me focus my musical knowledge - one great way to really understand something is to explain it to someone else.

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Austin, TX 78702
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6 Reviews


  • Mitch Greene

    Rob is great and very easy to work with. He's always willing to change direction with our lessons to match my needs. Flexible.

  • Katya Redpath

    Rob has deep knowledge, is kind & patient, and he presents lessons clearly and in an organized way - I have already learned so much in 2 lessons! Great , experienced teacher - highly recommended.

  • Lisa Lavender

    Rob is extremely thorough and knowledgeable and patient. He checks in to see where you are and doesn’t talk over your head. I really enjoyed my lesson with him and would recommend him as a tutor.

  • Melanie Martinez

    Rob was my first teacher and anything I've learned of substance, it was because of Rob's instruction, influence and friendship. I loved how Rob was able to find an approach to help me understand chord theory, which enabled me to understand the foundations of bass playing, early on. He also taught me to read music better and understand harmonies. With my lessons from Rob, I was able to start playing out at the local blues jam very early on, which gave me the confidence and experience to build on and, since then, I've been in several local bands and continue to draw on principles Rob taught me. He is also the most supportive teacher and friend a person could want. I highly recommend him to anyone of any age who wants to play bass from raw beginner to advanced professional.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I need to get to know them, to find out about their musical goals, and to work up a personalized game plan to get them to those goals.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I'm a graduate of Musician's Institute in Los Angeles, and I have a lot of experience playing bass in a lot of bands. I've written music for many of the bands I've played in, and I write and produce music for stock music libraries.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Hour lesson - $50

30 minute lesson - $30

How did you get started teaching?

Musician's Institute had a progarm that would send their students out to teach beginners.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, shapes & sizes, from retired people to small children, from people hoping to turn pro to people who just want to play along with their favorite songs at home, and pretty much all points in between.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

That's easy. This morning an intermediate student who's learning to play from chord symbols said at the end of the lesson: "That was great! I had a blast!" I love moments like that.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

For bass, get a real bass player, avoid guitar players who play a little bass on the side.

For theory, songwriting, & production, someone who has some experience with the kind of music you like.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Why they are considering lessons, what their goals are, what they're hoping to get from the lessons, what kind of learning environment they like.