Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Robert Dell

Dr. Robert Dell

Artist Lecturer in Music Education

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Robert Dell is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music with both a BFA in Music Education and BA in Clarinet Performance while studying under Louis Paul.  His significant influences in music education were  Dr. Oleta Benn, Dr. Carolyn Kennedy, Dr. Richard Strange. Dr. Frederick Dorian and Dr. Nokolai Lapotnikoff. In addition, he earned both a M.Ed. and an Ed.D.  in Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Dell has been an educator and administrator in the PA public school system for over 40 years and has been honored on numerous occasions as a Teacher of Excellence by the Teacher Excellence Foundation.  His diverse background includes teaching assignments at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  Those assignments have included middle school general music, AP music theory, comprehensive musicianship, concert band, wind symphony, jazz band and marching band. 

He has conducted seminars on the topics of effective lesson design, rehearsal techniques, ensemble adjudication, curriculum integration, school spirit, school climate, and student leadership.  As an administrator, he was responsible for curriculum development, student achievement, staff development, teacher evaluations, and the general administration of a junior-senior high school in Western Pennsylvania.  For many years Dr. Dell served as a cooperating teacher for aspiring music educators in the CMU music department.

Presently, Dr. Dell volunteers in the Music Therapy Department of a local nursing home, serves as a guest conductor and adjudicator for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), and participates in the Washington Jazz Orchestra.