Meet the Maestros

Jacob Odell

Jacob Odell

Teaches guitar, bass guitar and ukulele

Jacob is a master of the Jazz idiom. Having graduated from Berklee college of music, he 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

Kevin Graybill

Kevin Graybill

Teaches guitar

He is an acoustic Indi-Folk singer/songwriter originally from Seattle, WA, but as of recently, now resides on the beautiful Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo. Though relatively new to the area, he has settled in nicely, performing nearly every weekend at wineries and restaurants from Solvang to Paso Robles. Kevin has been playing acoustic guitar for nearly 20 years and performing for over 10, all the while receiving comparisons to the artist Jack Johnson.

Whether you want to learn how to cover one of your favorite songs, learn how to write your own songs, become a better performer, or expand your playing style with a fun “finger-style” technique, Kevin can guide you through the process with patience, compassion, and a genuine love for music.”

Bob Bennett

Bob Bennett

Teaches Trumpet

Bob is a former member of the Woody Hermand and Brian Setzer Orchestras and  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.

Robert Vesnaver

Robert Vesnaver

Teaches Guitar, Drums, Ukulele, Clarinet, Trumpet and Saxophone

He 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 10. He has toured internationally with the Mad Caddies as well as playing locally with The Monroe. Robert graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2006 studying performance and theory.

Jason Cavallero

Jason Cavallero

Teaches guitar, piano, drums, bass guitar and ukulele

He has been playing music for over 20 years and has been teaching for over 10 years. 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..

Gary Wooten

Gary Wooten

Guitar all levels

 
 
Gary Wooten is a guitar player’s guitar player by all forms of the phrase. Having begun taking lessons at age five and teaching at age sixteen, he has spent his life learning and sharing the wonders of music with students of all ages. Professionally Gary has performed over 4,000 concerts, performing onstage with international artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Dierks Bentley, and Miranda Lambert while playing legendary venues such as The Grand Ole Opry, professional sports stadiums, and major music festivals. Recently relocated from Austin, TX this is your opportunity to learn from a consummate professional musician right here in SLO.
Robyn Saxer

Robyn Saxer

Guitar Piano Ukulele Vocals French Horn

 
 

She was raised in a musical family and has a lifetime of performance experience; she holds a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine and graduated with Honors in Musical Theatre.  With 20 years of experience in  music, theatre, and nature connection education, Robyn teaches students of any age. Classically trained, she plays in a variety of musical styles and enjoys inspiring creative exploration and play in music making.  She is a singer-songwriter and plays keyboard, ukulele, French horn, and the harp with the local band Zen Mountain Poets.

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