Music Lessons

Yes You CAN! And this is how we help you do it

  • Professional and Talented teachers (We do have bragging rights with this group of teachers)
  • Private One-on-one lessons with individually tailored lesson plans (that means no substitute teachers)
  • Flexible schedules, Monday through Saturday
  • Lessons available on the following instruments: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, drums, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, bass guitar and vocal instruction. 

Strut your stuff twice a year at the optional student showcase performances.

5 Huge reasons why you need to learn to play music

  1. Playing music has been scientifically proven to benefit people of all ages—and, it’s fun to do
  2. Patterns in music are the keys to learning
  3. Fosters self expression and builds confidence
  4. Relieves stress, lowers heart rate and blood pressure
  5. Being a musician is just plain cool!

So if individuality and personal attention is what you are looking for, let our dedicated professional teachers construct a program that’s right for you.

No more excuses, quit strangling yourself with “I can’t” and get started on the ultimate journey.  Soothe a baby, inspire a nation (check out Bob Marley’s Bio) and everything in between, because yea You and Music can do that!

Meet the Maestros

Professional musicians by day and by night!

JakeSM2Jacob Odell – Jacob is a master of the Jazz idiom. Having graduated from Berklee college of music, he teaches guitar and bass guitar here and keeps very busy playing jazz all over the central coast.  His approach to teaching is simple:  “Allow students to learn the music that they enjoy listening to.”  His philosophy (and ours) is that if learning music is FUN for the student, then practicing the instrument is easy and non-laborious.    He will also supplement this with formal guitar techniques which encourage the student to reach their full musical potential. For videos of Jacobs work click here. www.JacobOdell.com

larrykimSMLarry Kim – Larry Kim studied music at Cal Poly and has been playing Saxophone and Piano for over 15 years. He performs nationally with the Damon Castillo band. “My goal is to teach every student how to learn music on their own through problem solving, active listening, and repetition.” Get ready for honor band on Saxophone or Clarinet with Larry’s tutelage.  He has been a longtime Grand Central Music instructor extraordinaire.  For additional video/audio of Larry’s work click here.

 

GrandCentral16Julie Harper is an experienced teacher, with 13 successful years of voice, piano, and beginning guitar instruction, as well as chorus direction and preschool music.  Classically trained on piano, Julie went on to study singing with retired opera singer Nella Girolo in San Luis Obispo County, and later in Boston, Mass., with a Berklee School of Music alumni.  She studied guitar in Santa Barbara with blues artist Kenny Sultan.  In addition to teaching, she writes and performs in eclectic country-rock-folk-blues genres.  She is gifted with understanding individual learning styles and abilities, and is very intuitive and precise with diagnosing and correcting vocal production issues.

561679_136365083174418_1593560029_nBob Bennett- Bob is a former member of the Woody Hermand and Brian Setzer Orchestras and is currently lead trumpet for the Artie Shaw Orchestra. He has a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from California State University Long Beach.  Bob has also won Jazz Soloist awards from the Fullerton Jazz Festival and The International Trumpet Guild. Trumpet and Trombone is his forte.

robyn picRobyn Saxer is a positive and happy personality that enjoys creating and co-creating musical expression in a variety of styles (folk, classical,rock, reggae, musical theatre, soul, jazz, electronic, country).  Taking vocal or piano lessons with Robyn is pure joy in music making.

A classically trained vocalist and pianist, she also plays guitar, ukelele, French horn, and percussion instruments, andhas the ability to sight read, improvise, and memorize music.  She has played with the UC Irvine Symphony Orchestra and wind ensembles (French horn), jazz bands (piano), Red Willows (vocals), and currently creates and performs with Zen Mountain Poets (vocals, multi-instruments). www.zenmountainpoets.com. She enjoys learning about and embodying the creative process from a relaxed and open mind, reaching into the moment-to-moment potential of musical expression through joy and full-heartedness!

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Robert Vesnaver is a songwriter and performer Having started and played in bands as a keyboardist, guitarist, trumpeter, saxophonist, drummer and vocalist.  He has built his own recording studio on the central coast (Sun-1 studios) and uses any and all instruments to write and record music from classical to folk to jazz and pop.  ” I like to approach teaching music as an open ended invitation to each student to find their own voice within the structure and history of music.   Music should be fun! A creative discovery that gives back just as much as you put into it!”  Robert has been studying music for 25 years and Teaching for 8.  He has toured internationally as a musician and plays locally also teaching elementary music for Paso Robles Elementary Schools.  Robert graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2006 studying performance and theory.

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Jason Cavallero  has been playing music for over 20 years and has been teaching for over 10 years. His main instrument is guitar, but he also plays and teaches piano, drums, ukulele and bass. While attending the University of Maryland he took 4 years of music classes ranging from music theory, orchestration, pedagogy of guitar, and singing performance. He has toured nationally with his various bands, playing dates on Warped Tour as well as opening for notable musicians. Currently, he plays with GhostMonster a local alternative rock duo with Nataly Lola, performing at wineries, hotels and restaurants all along the central coast.

Raised in a family of teachers (his mom teaches math and his dad teaches history) Jason is a natural teacher, possessing patience and understanding while still maintaining a fun environment. From teaching countless students of all ages, he has always found a way to tap into their interests musically and is always surprised from what he can learn from his students. He has taught everything from old country, jazz theory, pop music and even Russian ska-punk..

Justin Martinez is a regular performer on both classical guitar and mandolin around the San Luis Obispo area. Performances include events at wineries, private cocktail parties, art galleries, wedding ceremonies, and various restaurant performances. Justin performs and teaches many different styles and genres such as: Classical guitar (Baroque to Modern compositions), various Brazilian styles, Flamenco, Bluegrass, and any finger-style playing. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Cal Poly, Justin has been playing, teaching, and loving life on the Central Coast ever since.

Lesson Program Details

Registration Fee: A one time payment of $25 will be required at the time of student signup.

The fee includes a Binder and learning materials.

All Instruments:
$30 per Half-Hour lesson. / $60 per Hour lesson

Monthly billing with 4 lessons per month:
$120 for 4 Half Hours / $240 for 4 One Hour
Monthly billing with 5 lessons per month:
$150 for 5 Half Hours / $300 for 5 One Hour

Payments: All lessons are pre-paid and conveniently billed to your credit card on the first of the month with our autopay system.

 Required Material: Students are required to bring all books and assignments, as well as their instruments. Small amplifiers and keyboards will be available for guitar and piano students.

Instrument Rental: For students who do not own an instrument; special rental packages and rent-to-own programs are available. Please ask for details.

Cancellation: Cancellations must be made within 24 hours of lesson time, with exception of sudden illness or injury. Emergency cases must be called in before the time of scheduled lesson.

Trial Policy: Upon initial purchase, students have 2 lessons to decide if they wish to continue. If a student should decide not to continue, the remaining paid lessons not taken shall be refunded. After the trial period, there will be no refunds for unused lessons. Lessons cannot be exchanged or transferred in any way.

Please call for the complete policies and procedures for the lesson program.