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Robert Calva

Robert C.

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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.

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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!

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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Awarded Outstanding Student of the Year Award. from Musicians Institute.

Reviews (20)

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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...

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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

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!!!

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DanF May 22, 2012

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

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.

EricM Jun 4, 2011


im pacing myself, learning at a pace

MarcelL May 29, 2011

Like the lessons but would also like the kids to practice pieces

BachN Feb 10, 2011


I do not have much to say because I just had my third lesson last Tuesday Feb 8, 2011. What I saw in Robert is his patience of a professional instructor. I was embarassed a lot when changing chord to chord at the second lesson night but he did not say any word and knew that is ok for the new student.. Off course I did fine and had no trouble to keep the rythm when changing chord to chord at the 3rd lesson according to him

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MelissaS Dec 13, 2010

The lessons are not for me....they are for my Grandson, Jonathan. I ask him often if he is learning from Robert and if he is enjoying his lessons. Jonathan ranks Robert highly and is has requested continued lessons with his instructor. He looks forward to his lessons. To me, that says alot! Thank you Robert.

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KathrynB Oct 1, 2010

Not for kids

I felt I wasted my money on these lessons. Per the instructor, I even went out and bought my grandson a new guitar. I don't think you can capture a young boy's interest by just having him practice a few chords. Would not do it again. Also found out lessons are much cheaper through a local music store.

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MarkE Mar 4, 2010

Thumbs Up.

I've been taking lessons from Robert for 2 months now. As an older student I'd like to say he's Incredible. Flexible to the needs of me the student and my goals while adapting to special needs. He offers constuctive observations while pushing to take that extra step. I'm very satisfied with the progress I'm making in a very short time.

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JeffreyP Jan 3, 2010


I have nothing but good things to say about Mr. Robert......I thankful for his patience and his ability to teach me this craft......I also wnat to thank take lessons for finding in my opinion....the best guitar instructor for me....thank you.

KyleN Nov 19, 2009

Robert is a good and patient teacher.

ChristianK Sep 9, 2009

Robert is a Great Instructor. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He even stayed a few extra minutes when I was late this week.

JohnL2 Aug 16, 2009

Great lesson

I really enjoyed this last lesson. Even though I lost the strum pattern at times and as badly as I played, I fully enjoyed when Robert broke into the lead while I did the rhythm.

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I can teach music harmony and theory with an emphasis on contemporary music theory. I can also help students learn music theory from the 'common practice period' (classical) as I have studied that as well.



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.

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.


Certificate of Completion
Mar 1991 - Mar 1992

Musician's Institute

Bachelors Degree in Music
Aug 1986 - May 1988

University of North Texas



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Outstanding Student of the Year Award.
Mar 1992

Musicians Institute.

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