Robert Herr first studied the shakuhachi, between 1976 and 1986, in Honolulu with John Kaizan Neptune and grand master Riley Lee. In Japan, he studied with grand master Yokoyama Katsuya and Teruo Furuya and a in 1989 and his Shihan license in 1997. He concentrates on the study of the Chikuho style of shakuhachi as epitomized by the|
traditional repertoire known as honkyoku. Herr has taught shakuhachi since 1983 and is a lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Music Department.