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Hi, I'm Rob.

If you're a music teacher, I'd like to help you inspire your students and grow your business.

I'm a guitar teacher in Seattle, WA, and I founded Heartwood Guitar Instruction in 2003.  My book, Rob's Totally Awesome Guitar Teaching Handbook, has helped countless music teachers.

Teaching music has been the Greatest Gig I've ever had--it's been fun, immensely satisfying, and has supported my wife and three little boys.  I started this website to help your music teaching career thrive too.

I want to help you...

Teach Better

How do we inspire music students to practice hard and strive for excellence?  How do we make it fun?  I'm fascinated by these questions.

Earn More

When I first started teaching guitar in 2003, I charged $40/hour and barely got by.  I now charge $165/hour.  I'd love to pass on what I've learned about building my business.


My Totally Awesome FREE Christmas Carol Songbook
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10 Tips for Teaching Tough Rhythms
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Bring Sloppy Students Under Control by Finding the Notes
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Feeling Unqualified to Teach Music? Join the Crowd. Literally.
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The Surprising Secret to a Flourishing Music Teaching Business
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How to Talk to an Upset Student
A powerful listening skill that helps you get to the heart of the matter.Ella shuffles into my studio, half-size guitar[...]