Music Motive

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.

“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

 Scholarship Program

A limited number of scholarships are available to kids in San Luis Obispo County or Santa Maria under the age of 18 who have the desire to play a musical instrument but would otherwise not have the opportunity to take music lessons. Scholarship money is provided by Music Motive, private donations, and Bucket Busters fund raising including the sale of their CD, “Trash Talk“.

 How can someone donate to the scholarship fund?
1) You can make a one time donation for any amount.
2) Sponsor a child by paying the monthly tuition for a specific or random student.
3) Donate a used musical instrument to be sold at Music Motive. 100% goes toward music scholarships!


Contact Steve at 805-543-0377 ext 3. Donations can be made by credit or debit card over the phone, PayPal, or mail a check to:

Music Motive
Scholarship Fund
3340 S. Higuera St., Suite 130
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Online Donations

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