Here at Rob's Guitar School, we do our utmost to offer the best classroom instruction, private lessons, learning materials and website.  Check out our teacher bios below and learn more about our great staff!

Rob Compagna

Rob Compagna

Learn guitar in Newton,MA

Owner and Chief Instructor at Rob's Guitar School, Rob Compagna has been playing guitar since 1983 and teaching since 1985 and has played in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Texas and throughout New England, in bands such as G3 New England, Intercept, Slight Return, and C-4. Most recently, Rob was the guitarist for the jazz act, the Summertime Jazz Band. In addition to his nearly 40 years of teaching and performing experience, Rob has a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in Musical Composition and Performance from Bradford College, went to the Guitar Institute of Technology in L.A. and taken classes from Berklee. 

 He is the chief video instructor and CEO of Shred-Machine.com, the worldwide teaching website dedicated to teaching guitarists how to shred on the guitar. Including his video lessons, Rob has taught thousands of students to play guitar over the years. To see Rob playing, click on the video above.

Rob has his own self-titled album "Rob Compagna" available on iTunes and CD Baby.  Click here to see the album.


Rob holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Uechi-Ryu style karate and is a former student of Neil Stone's Karate Academy in Brookline, NH.

Jake Hallett

Jake Hallett

teach guitar in Newton, MA

Jake Hallett is an instructor at our Rob's Guitar School location in Groton.  Jake has a Master Certificate from Berklee College of Music in Guitar and Songwriting. He has been playing guitar for over 15 years and has been teaching since 2010.

Aside from teaching, Jake is also an accomplished studio musician. He has done TV spots for Hammerhead Guitar Picks on VH1, and composition for multiple indie videogames by Smashplug Games
When Jake isn’t working on his music, his two favorite hobbies are reading and writing. He is hoping to finish writing his first book this year! Jake is available for lessons in Groton and online.

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