PIANO LESSONS - First Lesson $35 (Upper West Side)

(FYI: I am fully 'vaccinated' and 'boosted', so depending on your situation/ personal preference, we can meet in person or online)
Improve your skills and techniques
Learn your favorite songs from pop to classical
Learn how read music
How to improvise in jazz and rock
How to compose your own songs
Learn Music Theory, Chords, Scales, Finger Exercises, Phrasing

. Affordable rates.
. Over 15 years of experience.
. Website: RobertMitchellmusicandtheatre.com

Musician and instructor Robert M. is a highly versatile musician, ranging from rock to jazz to classical. He has performed on tour with a number of the top show biz artists, and on Broadway has played in such shows as Les Miserables, Evita, Grease, Mary Poppins and Annie.
Playing in various bands, he's travelled extensively throughout the United States and abroad, playing for such luminaries as The Queen of England, Prince Charles, Presidents Bush, Clinton and Reagan. 
Under the baton of Claudio Abbado, he was guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and has played on numerous recordings in both New York and Chicago.
While in Chicago, Mr. M. taught at Columbia College, and headed the music division of the famed Old Town School of Folk Music. In New York, he currently teaches privately, in his NYC studio. He enjoys working with people of all ages, bringing his unique brand of experience to each of his students and their own unique goals and aspirations. He makes it fun, tries to keep it simple, and challenges each one to his or her very best.
Mr. M. attended the University of Illinois for three years, received his B.A. from Columbia College in Chicago, and did graduate work at Northwestern University. 
He is also active as a composer of music theater, and as a conductor has been music director of several Off Broadway shows, as well as the European Tour of The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and most of Scandinavia. Some of his music and reviews are available at his website: robertmitchellmusicandtheatre.com

*** Lesson Details ***
I use some of the basic books and methods as a base, but put the emphasis on learning not from countless exercises, but rather through the use of popular songs, or popular classics. In other words, learning is more intuitive and effortless when we are learning from music that we all know and enjoy, rather than endless scales and arpeggios. I try to work within the the framework of each student's individual personality, and after 3 months time, the student will be actually playing some of the music they have either grown up with, or enjoy listening to on the radio or their Ipods. It's important to realize results early and know that still greater things are just around the corner.


5/5 stars Verified Reviews:

Wen Z.
Robert is incredibly easy to work with, making each lesson enjoyable and stress-free. As a total beginner, I have seen significant improvements in my skills, thanks to his patient and methodical teaching style.
Jun 10, 2024

Mayumi S.
I’ve taken 2 lessons with Robert so far and it’s been a great experience and lots of fun. He is a kind and thorough teacher and I am looking forward to continuing lessons. I’m basically a beginner but feel like I’ve already learned a lot from him already, and would highly recommend!

Preston D.
Robert is an excellent piano teacher. He meets you where you're at and adapts his lesson plan to fit your interests/learning style. His keen attention to detail is very helpful as far as developing proper technique, and as someone less than enamored of sight-reading, I particularly appreciate the way he has incorporated improvisation into the curriculum. Within a few lessons, he got me playing a 12-bar blues progression which has helped me navigate the keyboard with a greater sense of purpose. Would highly recommend!
May 1, 2024

Alexandra C.
The classes with Robert are excellent .He designs your personalized class to your needs. Thank you for helping me advance in my piano playing.
Apr 27, 2024

Ella J.
Robert is fun, he's patient, flexible with time, and I learned a whole lot in a very short time!
Jan. 5, 2024

Mayank M.
Robert has been an excellent teacher - I had no background in piano and he's been very patient and methodical in teaching me the basics and helping me build confidence. He gives highly personalized advice by carefully observing form and timing, which has been extremely helpful to me. Would 100% recommend.
Aug. 24, 2023

Linda M.
Robert is an excellent communicator, offers a calm and ease to learning a new skill, answers any and all questions, has a dedication and supportive nature.
July 15, 2023

Roula S.
Robert is excellent! I had minimal musical background when I started taking lessons with him and only a few months in already feel confident playing some simple pieces. He worked on my hand posture, scales, hand-coordination and gave me some fun songs to learn. He is very patient and provides lots of constructive feedback. Highly recommend!
June 7, 2023

Ellen G.
Robert has been a fantastic teacher, I have felt my skills improving each week. The exercises are fun and tailored to what I’m interested in learning. Cannot recommended highly enough!
Mar 30, 2023

David W.
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I’ve been working with Robert for a few months now and cannot praise him enough. He does a great job of breaking the learning curve down to manageable, actionable exercises that pay off. I was a novice and have been very impressed by his professionalism, patience, and his genuine excitement to see me improve.
Mar 16, 2023


Felix Y.
Rob is a great teacher and musician on his own. His non-rushed and hands on approach really corrected my bad habits. He taught me how to read music and play in ways that I never thought of before. Most importantly, he is truly happy when you are improving. Definitely the best piano teacher that I ever had. Highly recommended.
Mar 1, 2023

James P.
I’ve been taking piano lessons with Robert for about 2 months after taking a break for many years. He provides a good balance between technical exercises and enjoyable songs. He also has taught me to carefully identify patterns and theory in the music (not just reading notes), and he provides historical context for songs across many different genres.
He gives constant constructive feedback and does so in a patient manner. And he also provides additional notes outside of class. His scheduling has been very flexible for me, and is very responsive. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to start learning piano or wants to improve their playing.

Mario C.
Commenting on my piano teacher, Mr. Robert Mitchell, makes me very honored because I can enter the merits of a very valid person with methods to his credit and a deep knowledge of its subject that makes him excel in communicating and correcting the inevitable mistakes that occur when one begins to explore a "simple" yet complex language of music. Therefore it isn't at all difficult for me to promote his professionalism and his way of working with students, including using exercises and material that "penetrates" to better attack the most difficult areas of the music he teaches.
I congratulate Robert on the results obtained, clear proof of his teaching skills. Highly recommended!
Feb 1, 2023

Chloe Z.
nice teacher good for beginners too
Jan 29, 2023

Rebecca H.
Highly recommend. Robert has been a great Piano teacher. He is knowledgeable, patient and takes the time to explain everything. He has made my experience enjoyable!
Dec 28, 2022

Joy M.
Was able to recognize and address deficiencies in technique.
Oct 27, 2022

Marco M.
I work with Robert on a weekly basis to improve my skills. He is professional, knowledgeable and has great resources for learning. He provides weekly homework that is relevant and challenging.
Robert tailors each session and homework based on the areas where I need improvement.
I highly recommend Robert as a piano instructor.
Oct 25, 2022

Soraya D.
Robert is a great teacher- he is articulate, patient, and very knowledgeable!
September 29, 2022

Perela G.
Robert has been a professional and extremely knowledgeable piano instructor thus far, both my husband and I have truly enjoyed working with him!
Aug. 25, 2022

Wayne G.
Robert is a very professional instructor with good work quality. Highly recommended.
Jul 20, 2022

Lisa C.
Robert is great! I've learned so much from him, and he's always kind and punctual. Definitely recommend!
Jul 8, 2022

Eric M.
Been doing lessons with Robert for many weeks at this point. Really enjoy the instruction and flexibility.
June 17, 2022

Julia P.
Robert made getting started easy by being a patient and skilled teacher. I’m enjoying the lessons and improving a lot. Defiant recommend him!
June 7, 2022

Kirstin P.
My daughter is enjoying her lessons with Robert and progressing very nicely. She had taken lessons for several years as a young child and then got interrupted, but Robert has gotten her back on track right where she left off. His approach is very efficient, and well balanced between technique and theory. Highly recommended!
May 29, 2022

Jennifer K.
Robert is excellent. He makes learning fun and really builds confidence.
May18, 2022

Rebecca P.
Robert is an excellent instructor. He is patient and thorough. I've been taking lessons with him for the last 2 months. His inputs have helped me improve my technique. I'd definitely recommend Robert to anyone looking to improve.
Apr 26, 2022

Caroline W.
Robert is a piano instructor. His pace for progressing skills/technique over time is perfect, as well as his ability to identify, communicate, and help improve areas where I’ve struggled. I have seen continuous improvement since working with him and can’t recommend him enough!
Apr 25, 2022

Karen W.
I learned how to play from scratch from Robert. He is professional, responsive and provides high value. I highly recommend learning from Robert!
Apr 23, 2022

Dan F.
Robert is an excellent teacher who I am working with to improve all aspects of my playing. Robert is able to recognize areas to improve my performance through changes both large and small. I would highly recommend Robert to both beginners and experienced musicians.
Apr 23, 2022

Mark S.
Robert knows his stuff and makes lessons fun!
March 20, 2022

Sara R.
Robert is a dedicated and patient piano teacher. His playing background and skill are evident during the lessons. Highly recommend!
Dec 11, 2021

April Y.
My friend and I started Piano lessons with Robert as almost beginners. Robert was very effective in breaking down the basic fundamentals in digestible detail and I felt that we were learning technique in a structured manner. We tried several instructors and found Robert to be the most detailed, and we appreciated that Robert advanced us at an appropriate pace so that we did not feel overwhelmed by trying to learn too much at one time. I would highly recommend Robert for any future prospective students.
Dec 5, 2021

Cc P.
Robert has been very patient and encouraging with teaching newbies. He also corrects my mistakes very carefully. Would definitely recommend him!
Dec 1, 2021

Ofir L.
Robb is a fantastic Piano teacher! He is extremely professional, highly skilled and qualified. My playing skills have substantially improved in a short period of time. Communication with Rob is great - he is very responsive and accommodating.
I definitely recommend Rob if you are looking to improve your playing!
Nov 30, 2021

Yi C.
I am a near beginner in studying piano and Robert has been very patient with me since day one. He is quick at pointing out what my mistakes are and helpful in correcting them. In addition, he is punctual and easy to communicate with. Highly recommend!
Nov 30, 2021

Morgan L.
My girlfriend and I started semi-private lessons with Robert several weeks ago. We are both beginners. Robert is a great teacher, who is able to identify what part of your music skills most needs improvement and then makes sure you are correcting that properly. He is patient and makes the lessons enjoyable. We have been having a lot of fun learning and always look forward to the next lesson.
Oct 29, 2021

Alexander B.
We had a very good experience. Robert worked well with students of very different skill levels.
Oct 22, 2021

Saaket P.
Robert is a wonderful piano instructor to help out students of any skill level. His experience and patience are perfect for those learning for the first time. I decided to start recently, and after my first lesson with Robert I knew he was the perfect instructor for me. He is able to diagnose strengths and weaknesses for each student and help them improve their weaknesses while also providing encouragement about strengths to help build confidence in students. I look forward to taking many more lessons with Robert and would highly recommend him to anyone wishing to learn piano.
Oct. 20

Veronica m.
I couldn't be happier with Robert as an instructor! I had previously taken a handful of lessons with others who were not as detailed or reliable. He's also cool so that's a plus. Robert drills the basics and calls out my mistakes, which has helped me tremendously. HIGHLY RECOMMEND Robert if you're looking for lessons.
Oct 10, 2021

Min Z.
I have had 3 lessons so far with Robert and he is a very good coach. I was a complete beginner and he approached our weekly lessons with the utmost professionalism and patience. He is always flexible with scheduling and very responsive via text. I highly recommend Robert to anyone who is looking to build a solid foundation in Piano!
Sept. 20, 2021

Becky N.
I personally never tried learning piano before and never thought I would enjoy it. However, Robert is so patient and detailed as an instructor, and has such great sense of humor that I got my husband to join as well, now study with him weekly and so look forward to it. He is flexible with scheduling as well. Would recommend to any beginner!
Aug 18, 2021

Steve L.
Best ever. He is consistent and passionate and kind and professional!
Aug 8, 2021

Thao N.
Rob has helped me with all of the basics of learning piano. He has broken it down clearly to help me to learn quickly. He is very responsive. Highly recommended!
July 27, 2021

Dominick D.
Robert is a great piano instructor! He is very helpful and patient. He breaks down the mechanics so you can learn quickly. Highly recommend him!
July 17, 2021

Hannah K.
Robert is GREAT ! I'm a beginner and needed a teacher with patience and a strong skillset. Robert is that and much more - he is a wonderful communicator and extremely flexible. I'm so grateful I found him and look forward to my weekly lessons. I highly recommend him.
July 7, 2021

Charlotte S.
I highly recommend working with Robert to improve your piano skills. He perfectly adapted the lessons to my level and has helped me get to my goal much faster than I thought was possible. Robert is fun, observant, talented, and an extremely effective teacher!
June 17, 2021

Linh J.
I started taking piano lessons with Rob since Aug 2020 and loved it so I recommended other friends to study with him as well. He is caring and professional. Would recommend you to learn with him.
Jun 13, 2021

Soro S.
About two weeks ago I was in Manhattan visiting family for a little over one week. During that time I met up with Robert three times. I found each session to be productive and fun. He even suggested some slight adjustments to my playing which have been very helpful. I’m looking forward to working with Robert again the next time I visit my family in Manhattan.
Jun 4, 2021

John A.
Robert’s been a great instructor in bringing the best out of me! Really appreciate his guidance and communication!
Jun 4, 2021

Karen W.
I learned the foundation of piano from Robert and it has been a great experience! Highly recommend.
May 31, 2021

Mar M.
May 30, 2021
I studied with Robert since the spring of 2020 and improved my playing a lot. I’ve played piano in several phases of my life since I was young, but felt like it finally came all together, and overall much more control and power.
As I thought it would be fun to have a hobby with my boyfriend. I encouraged him to take lessons with Robert in the summer as well. And despite he had no experience, Robert helped him to get a very solid technical base and he's enjoying himself immensely.

Sweta M.
May 29, 2021
I started training with Robert last year with zero experience. But Robert has a knack for teaching and 6 months later, I’m now able to play better and better as I continue to fine tune my skills. I highly recommend Robert for all levels of players. He is a thorough professional. It has been a pleasure learning with him.

Arseny L.
Robert is a world class instructor. I am a beginner and what I have learned in the first few lessons with Robert has really taken me to the next level. He is professional, always on time and very highly engaged. He is interested in attention to detail. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to either start or perfect their play! A++ in my book.
May 29, 2021

Catherine S.
I had a lesson with Robert last weekend. I have been playing for years but I definitely feel my lefthand technique improved. Robert also places a lot of emphasis on detail, which will come helpful in future.
May 18, 2021

Stephanie B.
Robert is fabulous and I would recommend him 100%. I started lessons as a beginner with no experience and Robert has been incredibly patient while teaching me. The way he goes through the details of each tactic is very detailed and he is very knowledgable.
March 1, 2020

Cheryl c.
Robert is amazing! I’ve taken 3 lessons with him so far and I’ve made great progress, so good that I decided to make it a weekly thing. He’s very patient and gives good instruction. Very flexible with scheduling too, highly recommend!
Feb14, 2021

Erick P.
I thought this was money well spent. Robert gave me some good instruction and he also seemed to care about me improving my technique.
Dec.14, 2020

8/11, 2020
Caroline K.
I'm new to piano and have only taken a couple of lessons with Robert so far, but I'm already learning so much and seeing an improvement in my skills. Robert is fun, easygoing and thorough with his instructions and makes the technique easy to pick up. I highly recommend Robert for piano lessons.

I had played before but Robert renewed my interest in playing with his very logical, patient and insightful suggestions for improving my technique and broadening my repertoire.
Emma Pennington
July 21, 2020

He's patient and fun to work with and knows his stuff!
Bill B.
April 10, 2020

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Firstly, I must say thank you to Robert. I recently performed with someone I haven't performed with before taking lessons with him and she couldn't believe how far my playing ability had come. Those sessions with Robert were so effective. I cannot thank him enough!
Andrew M.
Dec. 15, 2012

Joe S.
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Robert is knowledgeable, patient, and fun to work with.
Sept. 25, 2019

Echo L.
Robert is an excellent teacher in both piano and music composition. He is responsible, professional, patient, kind and knowledgable. He guides me through writing music and helps improve my techniques steadily. Highly recommended!
July 22,2019

Robert is prepared, knowledgeable, and flexible in adapting the class to meet my needs. It has been a very enjoyable and rewarding learning experience.
Jun 11, 2019

Lori G.
This is a recommendation for Robert Mitchell. For the past several months, I’ve enjoyed working to improve my skills with instructor Robert Mitchell.
May 11, 2019

Dory K.
I have been piano lessons at an intermediate level with Robert for several months. He is knowledgeable, patient, and flexible.
April 7, 2019

Al F.
March 9, 2019
After a long hiatus from playing, I started up lessons with Robert and couldn’t be happier. He’s a fantastic teacher, ranging from playing classical music to boogie woogie and some improvisation.

Ira A.
February 18, 2019
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He knows a lot about music!
Also: he is very, very skilled, patient and professional. He taught me to read music in a very short time. He's extremely responsive and quickly returns texts and other messages. I have enjoyed working with him for about 2 years.

Emma M.
January 17, 2019
I’ve taken piano lessons with Robert for nearly a year. He’s a great teacher and talented musician and composer.

Sally Hess
January 3, 2019
Robert gives me music that challenges me but helps me develop my skills, tailors our lessons to the kinds of music/artists I want to learn to play, and is flexible and easy to get ahold of. Highly recommend.

Guy B.
December 17, 2018
The lessons always feel tailored for me. When I struggle with a certain aspect of something, I always receive immediate focus on that thing. This just results in music being a lot more fun for me.

Paul M.
November 30, 2018
Robert is a consummate musician and piano teacher. As an adult late-beginner, I greatly appreciated his focus on hand position and harmonic structure in our early lessons. I practiced piano on my own intermittently for years and developed some bad habits that he helped me overcome quickly. I get nervous performing in front of others, but Robert is patient and has a calm demeanor that puts me at ease. I am now much more confident in my ability to attain a level of musicianship that I expect will bring me enjoyment for years to come. Thanks, Robert!

Really enjoy working with Robert. And he takes the time needed to explain ideas clearly...He's fun to work with.
Randy C.
December 2018

Been working with Robert for more than 3 months! Recommend him highly!
Ceasar O.
October 2018

Sally H.
March 12, 2018
Piano Lessons: An excellent teacher. Recommend him highly!

T. R.
January 10, 2018
Robert is an excellent piano teacher, and I very much enjoy working with him every week. Robert focuses heavily on fundamentals and teaches students the concepts underlying the music. My proficiency to both play and read sheet music has greatly improved since beginning lessons with him. Additionally, Robert is an incredibly thoughtful and nice teacher and is always very well prepared for every lesson. I was introduced to Robert by another student, and I would highly recommend him to anyone else interested in playing, regardless of level / skill.

Thumbtack Customer
November 6, 2017
Anonymous Review
And, he knows a lot about music!

Matt H.
November 6, 2017
Robert has been an excellent teacher of technique as well as compostition -- both song and lyric writing. Highly recommended!

Echo L.
November 5, 2017
responsible, professional, patient, kind and knowledgable. Highly recommend

Thumbtack Customer
October 22, 2017
Anonymous Review
Really enjoy working with Robert!

Sarah J.
June 12, 2017
I have taken piano lessons from Robert for a few weeks now and my ability to read sheet music while I play, as well as understand music theory (big areas of weakness for me) have already improved significantly. He is a great instructor who understands what you need in order to become a better player, and he creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere that makes me look forward to my lesson each week. I would highly recommend Robert as a piano instructor!

Bernard L.
June 8, 2017
(Offsite Review)
Robert is a great teacher for piano and very patient. Is interested in helping shape my lesson plan in line with my interests and abilities. Is flexible with scheduling as well. Would recommend to any potential students.

Susan C.
March 25, 2017
(Offsite Review)
Robert is very good at teaching the basics and getting you to be able to play songs fairly early.

Helen H.
March 4, 2017
(Offsite Review)
Robert is an accomplished songwriter and composer in his own right, and knows music theory extremely well. I would recommend him highly.

Excellent piano teacher with keen attention to detail
I have been receiving piano instruction from Robert for the past two months or so. Robert is passionate about teaching, and more importantly passionate about teaching the right playing technique. Growing up, I had several piano instructors who never taught me to curl my fingers and place all 5 at one time on the keys! I wish I'd met him earlier in life. Robert will also teach you to play the type of music you are interested in, is patient, perceptive and funny. I would recommend him without a doubt.
Aditi B. on March 15, 2017
5/5 stars

Great piano lessons!
I have been taking Piano lessons with Robert for the past month and a half. I started as a complete beginner and I've really enjoyed my lessons. Robert is an excellent teacher who provides a structured method to learning while also keeping you motivated throughout. I'm already able to play a few songs and I'm looking forward to getting better!
VIBHU T. on March 3, 2017

Learn Songwriting & Music Theory with the BEST!
Robert is an accomplished songwriter and composer in his own right, and knows music theory extremely well. I would recommend him highly.
Helen M. on February 4, 2017

5/5 stars Piano Lessons Verified Review

I have been taking piano lessons with Robert for the past 5 weeks. It has been a great experience so far and I can see some improvement in my technique already. Robert is very flexible with the schedule and accommodates timings as per your requirements as well. Looking forward to further improving my piano skills with his guidance.
Vartika R. on December 11, 2016

Robert Mitchell is a real catch, ladies and gents. He's a musician by birth and by profession, by history and by soul. Whatever it is you want to knowor what you didn't even know you wanted to know - he'll learn you up good!
Oh and btw, he's a cool guy who always seems happy to see me, even when I haven't practiced...
Matt N. on Nvember 10, 2016

5/5 stars

Robert is a wonderful piano instructor and is a great player himself. He explains himself well and I really enjoyed working with him. He is fun and easy to work with.
Annette C. on September 25, 2015
5/5 stars

Robert is an excellent piano teacher who explains simple concepts and music theory in a very understandable manner. Great for kids and fun to be around.
Andy R. on July 19, 2015

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