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What is Music Motive?

We believe in music miracles! Music Motive offers private lessons and courses for just about every musical instrument! Our Certified Instructors teach a consistent quality, unmatched in SLO County. 
Music Motive's famous Bucket Busters, whose energetic performances thrill crowds all over the Central Coast and raise music scholarship money for kids who otherwise could not afford music lessons.
We also host Music Enrichment Classes at most elementary schools throughout the county - Guitar!Drum!Sing!Piano!, and Drama!

Other happenings and events include performance opportunities like, Student Spotlight, Band Jam, an weekly activities like Percussion Break drum circle. 2nd Saturday Showcase is an exciting monthly event offering a variety of music experiences. All of our programs are specifically designed to give our students an opportunity to stretch, learn, and be inspired. 


It is Our Mission to:

Empower music instructors to draw excellence
and inspire music students.

From the Founder/Director 

I believe that music is an essential part of our lives. It can help you to express your thoughts and feelings, but it’s also been proven that learning to play a musical instrument helps develop thought processes and brain development. It can make you smarter, reduce stress, and help you to feel better about yourself.

A good teacher can potentially launch your music career. They might introduce you to a lifetime of playing an instrument, or possibly give you the opportunity to play music for the very first time! I'm confident that our program and facilities will help you get the most out of your musical experience.

It is my life’s work and sincere honor to share the experience of music and I personally invite you to be a part of it. Together we can keep music alive and vibrant! Will you do your part?

Playing music may be the greatest thing to ever happen in a person's life. It could be the best investment you will ever make.

-Steve Hilstein, Director



Music Motive began after director/owner, Steve Hilstein sold the retail portion of The Drum Circuit drum shop of San Luis Obispo in 2007. In keeping the drum lesson program, known as Drum School 101, he has expanded and developed music education throughout the California Central Coast since 1980 including music enrichment classes in public and private schools.

Further Reading: 10 Reasons to Choose MUSIC MOTIVE


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