Robert Calva

Robert C.

Houston, TX

About Robert C.

Robert teaches: Ages 5 and up
Last sign in: 2 days ago


Robert began playing guitar in Houston, Texas at the age of 12. It was not long before he began playing in bands and played his first professional gig at age 17. Robert performed in and around the Houston area for five years before deciding to study music on the college level. He attended the University of North Texas and later attended Musicians Institute. While a student at MI, Robert was given the Outstanding Student of the Year Award for 1991-'92. Robert began teaching at MI in the guitar school (GIT) in 1993. He has played with Bo Diddley, Tim Bogert, Chevy Chase, Floyd Radford, Deacon Jones, Joe Houston and countless others. He has performed for Buddy Ebson and Chevy Chase and has partied with the Monkees. In addition to playing guitar Robert also plays and teaches bass guitar and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Robert teaches serious beginners from ages 5-99. He can also help intermediate, advanced students and pro players fine tune their skills and learn to play the music they hear. His laid back but structured approach has helped many of his students over the years become solid musicians and attain their musical goals. Robert uses a combination of his own teaching materials combined with the best of what he has learned over the years studying with countless world class teachers and players. With his over 20 years of teaching experience he is able to synthesize all this knowledge and make it easily accessible to all of his students. Robert teaches a variety of styles which include blues, classic rock, R&B, pop, country and jazz. All lessons are tailored to the individual student's interests and goals. In addition to this Robert makes his lessons fun too!

Photos and Videos

Playing at a Texas roadhouse!


GIT staff instructor
Aug 1992 - Jul 2003
Musicians Institute

While working at GIT I taught private lessons and open counseling. I was also a substitute teacher for a variety of core classes which included Fingerboard Harmony, Single String/Improv, Music Reading and Musicianship. In addition to this I was also a substitute teacher for many of the live playing workshops (LPWs). This included the Blues LPW, Classic Rock LPW, Country LPW, R&B LPW and many more.

Guitar instructor
Aug 1992 - Jul 2003
Musician's Institute

Taught private guitar and was a substitute teacher for music reading, single string/improv, fingerboard harmony and musicianship. In addition to this I also was a substitute teacher for the Bliues, Classic Rock, Country, R & B and core live playing workshops.


Certificate of Completion
Mar 1991 - Mar 1992
Musician's Institute
Bachelors Degree in Music
Aug 1986 - May 1988
University of North Texas

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Outstanding Student of the Year Award.
Mar 1992
Musicians Institute.

20 Reviews on Robert C.

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Twyla J. Jul 14, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Robert is very nice and polite. I think the lesson was sufficient for the first lesson. He gave me homework to work on the D, G, and C chords. We went over the right hand numbering PIMA. I need to determine what my goals are in playing the guitar.
Valerie P. Jun 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I am very happy with my guitar lesson with Mr. Calva. He is very knowledgeable and very patient. He found out my musical background and goals. He used that to structure my lessons today. He then gave me homework, tips, and short term goals. I am super pleased with his style of teaching. By the way, I am 50 years young...
Wilbert M. Jan 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
I felt very comfortable and learned a lot the first lesson. I'm going to continue with him. Waiting to get my schedule for up coming week.
Deon D. Dec 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Robert was courteous and patient. Encouraging even despite my limited proficirncy
jim M. May 26, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In home
Great person to work with to achieve your goals.
Frances M. Apr 10, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Robert is very professional and dedicated.
Matthew B. Apr 28, 2014
· Guitar ·
Patient Instructor

At 49 I am an old dog trying to learn a new trick. Robert has been very patient with me and he has been more then accommodating as far as rescheduling lessons for me when I am out of town.
I highly recommend Robert for guitar lessons!!
VanessaI Jul 10, 2012
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Patient, understanding, great teacher I couldn't complain! Even when I am running late he stays a bit after to finish answering my questions! I feel like I have learned a lot! I have learned more in only 3 sessions then in other lessons I've had that have lasted more then 2 months! He truly is a great teacher and I look forward to every lesson I have!!!
DanF May 22, 2012
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A sound pick!

Robert C. is a calm and patient instructor, an affable man, clearly very knowledgable about his craft and flexible enough to tailor the tuituion to suit your individual needs.
VickS Sep 28, 2011
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Couldn't be happier

Robert exhibits a lot of patience and understanding. He is teaching my 10 yr old guitar and understands how difficult beginning is. We look forward to many years of continued excellent instruction.
Robert Calva
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