This page features some of our music teachers to share with you, their musical journeys and experiences.
MOTIVATOR - Steve Ambarian, ukulele, guitar teacher
Music Motive's own "Uka-maniac" as we like to call him, the amazingly talented, Steve Ambarian. He's a great musician, song writer, recording artist, performer, guitar/ukulele teacher, and just a really nice guy. That's why he also works behind the counter, helping customers and students find their musical way around our store and studios.
MOTIVATOR - Emily Cox, violin, piano teacher
Emily Cox is an accomplished musician, excelling in violin. She teaches violin for the San Luis Obispo Symphony's school programs and also at Music Motive as a violin and piano teacher. Her passion for teaching a playing her instrument is obvious. [8/19/12]
MOTIVATOR - Brett Malta, brass, guitar, bass teacher
Brett Malta is a multi talented musician and music teacher at Music Motive. He enjoys performing as well as teaching. [8/7/12]
MOTIVATOR - Wyatt Lund, drum teacher
Wyatt Lund is a drum instructor and the Program Manager for Music Motive. He began playing in the school band at age ten, and continued through the public music programs through high school. During his years at Cal Poly, he split his time between school and touring with his rock band. After graduation in 2006, he began teaching private drum lessons. One of his favorite aspects of teaching is "Encouraging students to take the plunge and experience how fun performance can be." Over the years Wyatt has had students as young as three years old, and as old as sixty five. They've ranged from beginner to advanced, with every type of music represented. "They're all different, but it's easy to relate when we start talking drums. Currently, Wyatt is playing with local rock quartet Truth About Seafood and classical pianist Rudolf Budginas.
MOTIVATOR - Steve Hilstein, director / drum teacher
Steve Hilstein has created a legacy by empowering music teachers and students since 1981. Beyond his presence as an active drummer on the California Central Coast and abroad, he founded and operated a drum shop/drum school in San Luis Obispo, California for over 20 years. He is currently the director of Music Motive, a music school that empowers music teachers and students, providing private music lessons and classes at locations in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Nipomo and Central Coast schools. Steve considers his greatest musical accomplishment having been able to create music scholarships for underprivileged children, and provide a place for teaching and learning music. "I love seeing the results in the lives of the teachers and students who benefit from sharing music". Steve curently freelances in between dates with The Scarlet Furies, and local favorite, Oasis Band.