Confident Chords

Confident Chords

4.9 (11)

About this tutor

Instruments are an extension of oneself, I focus on developing the musician within each of us to their fullest potential. My passion is to Connect and inspire through music, Share my passion for music with those around me, and Teach creativity through music.

A graduate of The Eastman School of Music with Education certification, experience teaching in schools and remotely for 6 years. Past student successes include full scholarship to UNT College of Music (top 10 music schools of the US) as well as many students with music now an important part of their lives. Lifelong musicians each on their musical journey is the goal.

I believe music is a language and a way to perceive and interact with the world around us that we call can learn to appreciate and find our community within.

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San Francisco, CA 94133
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11 Reviews


  • Shellie Oroshiba

    Rob is truly gifted teacher with a deep knowledge of music theory and current teaching methods. He doesn't just teach his students to play music, He teaches them to CREATE music. My son made more progress with Rob in 6 months than he had in years of previous traditional instruction. Rob really cares about his students and his passion is contagious. Since working with Rob, I have not once had to remind my son to practice. Playing and composing are two of his favorite free time activities! I highly recommend Rob without any reservation. He's an inspiration to my son!

  • Andrew Tillin

    Rob brings some kind of crazy magical spark to the piano instruction with my teenage kids. He's talented, energetic, and positive. I write this without hesitation: When it comes to teaching music, he changes the game. My children look forward to their lessons.

  • madeleine tillin

    Rob is a skilled, enthusiastic and very personable teacher. My two teenage children started playing piano in first grade and had an amazing teacher in the bay area. We moved to Austin and have had a hard time finding the right fit—someone to keep their interest turned on even in light of heavy academic demands. They look forward to their lessons and genuinely have a fun time while learning to approach the piano in a way that they become better musicians with a greater understanding of music in general.

  • Kazki Watanabe

    Patient, warm-hearted, organized in the teaching methods and easy to follow. Versed in many different styles, and always helpful in teaching how to be musical, which can surprisingly be a rare quality to find in music teachers sometimes.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I begin by seeng what they want to accomplish in their studies then weave in my method for developing musicianship skills to materials that the student brings and wants to engage in.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
  • Eastman School of Music, BM Classical Guitar and BM Education

Ranked first among U.S. music schools by U.S. News & World Report for 5 consecutive years.

  • Royal College of Music, ERASMUS Exchange Program

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My students either pay in 4 week increments or 3 months at a time.

How did you get started teaching?

I have always loved teaching and started off with my first guitar student in my high school.  When I went to conservatory I began teaching at the Kanack School of Music in Rochester, NY. Following I taught at the Gunma Kokusai Academy in Ota, Gunma, Japan.  I Then founded and began teaching stundents around the world!

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages and students from all corners of the world, from the Americas, to Asia, to Europe!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Road tripping around the SW United States in the summer of 2016.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a tutor in your area of expertise?

Having a degree in education is something many freelance teachers do not offer, and the amount you can learn as well as the quality of lesson.  

What questions should students think through before talking to tutors about their needs?

What THE STUDENT wants out of the lesson experience.

What THE TEACHER wants out of the lesson experience.

What THE STUDENT sees as "success."

Services offered

Acoustic Guitar Lessons Bass Guitar Lessons Blues Guitar Lessons Cello Lessons Classical Guitar Lessons Classical Piano Lessons Classical Voice Lessons Composition Lessons Country Guitar Lessons Drum Lessons Ear Training Courses Flamenco Guitar Lessons Guitar Lessons Music Performance Lessons Music Teacher Training Music Theory Lessons Percussion Lessons Piano Lessons Singing Lessons Songwriting Classes