Roberts Music Institute

Roberts Music Institute

5(3 reviews)


RMI is a one of a kind music school and is designed to open the door to the artistic, creative and technical side of contemporary musicianship. The Roberts Music Institute is a performance oriented music school located in Bellevue, WA. With a focus on accelerated learning techniques, RMI offers an individualized curriculum through private lessons. Students also have opportunities to meet and play with other musicians in our classes and player’s clubs. We have students of all ages and levels from beginning to professional. We offer instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, vocal, ukulele, harmonica, and mandolin. The core curriculmn is based on Howard Roberts proven learning techniques, designed to accelerate the learning process dramatically. “Fueled by Gibson” – RMI is the only school in the world sponsored by Gibson.

I really enjoy seeing students acheive their goals and then light up when they exceed all expectations. It is a very rewarding profession, as we are all students and continually learning!

RMI has been in the same location for 13 years and taught well over 70,000 lessons since opening. With instructors varied in specific talents, I will be able to match you up with the teacher that will take you where you want to go.


Roberts Music Institute

Jay Roberts


14 employees
19 years in business
Serves Bellevue , WA

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Alex D.

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.
-Alex Douthitt
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November 13, 2017

Jim A.

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)
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November 13, 2017

Chris N.

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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November 13, 2017

Frequently asked questions

Typically a student comes in for a free evaluation and orientation to find out which teacher would be the best fit for them. At that point we complete registration as well as a tour of the school.

Our instructors have training in a variety a fields including Music degrees from various colleges across the country

RMI I Has a few options for lessons. We have a tuition program which is billed monthly for students that want to take one lesson a week. The half hour lessons are $40 and the hour lessons are $75

We also have opportunities for students that's want to do one off lessons. 

In addition we offer performance opportunities playing in a band setting. The players club groups meet once a week for an hour also paid on the tuition basis at $40 per hour.

I started teaching when I was 14 years old and  Growing up in Family of musicians. Everyone played instruments and supported my endeavors in the music field. My father Howard Roberts is the founder of musicians Institute located in Hollywood California, so music education was always prominent in our household.

I have worked with a very wide range of students from 4 to 80 years old. Jazz rock blues Country heavy metal funk you name it.... But my primary focus is on accelerated learning in teaching people how to learn most efficiently and effectively.

I am very excited to see Music concerts being streamed live, As technology is getting more accessible, students are able to utilize Learning opportunities. RMI offers Skype lessons in both private and group class formats with students all around the world.

The most important thing to consider when hiring a new teacher is to find out if they are genuinely interested in your Learning success. You typically need to do a few lessons to find out the answer, but that is key to a good student teacher relationship.

The student should write down there's specific goals as this will drive the motivation to practice. This list might be short if you are new to the instrument but there is something that is attracting you to wanting to play Music... What is it? What do you feel you need to work on to get to where you want to go? How much time do you have to practice? Do you want to play with other musicians? What part of your technique do you find most challenging? Are you interested in theory? These are a few questions that you should be considering when talking with new instructors.

Services offered

Bass Guitar
Music Theory
Audio Production