John Montemayor received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Brownsville in Instrumental Music Education (EC-12th) with an emphasis on classical guitar under the direction of Dr. Michael Quantz. He is also the lead guitarist for Vinyl Dharma, which has released 2 albums, 3 remixed albums and has been featured on national TV twice. His band was selected to perform for MTV’s New Year’s Eve bash in Times Square (2008), MTV2’s Austin Week (2009), and the X-Games Austin (2014). In addition to studying classical guitar, he was a former trumpet player for the University of Texas Longhorn Band for 2 years under the direction of Dr. Robert Carnochan. He is currently the classical guitar director for Gorzycki Middle School and is excited to prepare the next generation of artist.
Growing up in New Mexico, Anthony Mariano has been recognized as a premiere guitarist in the Albuquerque area, receiving the position of Concertmaster for the second annual New Mexico All-State Guitar Ensemble in 2011. Anthony finished his Bachelor’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2105 under the instruction of David Tanenbaum, where he had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest guitarists. He was chosen by the faculty in 2013 to perform in the school’s annual Guitarrada, an event featuring music played on some of the world’s finest historical guitars. Currently, Anthony is a member of graduate program at the University of Texas Butler School of Music under the instruction of Adam Holzman.
Anthony strongly believes that music is an invaluable part of life, and he takes great pleasure in teaching that art to people of all ages. His primary goal as a classical guitar teacher is to provide his students with the ability to connect and interact with what they feel, and to provide them with the opportunity to share that experience with others. As both a private instructor and an ensemble conductor, Anthony tries to instill in his students an appreciation for both music, and the process of working hard, focusing, and interacting well with others in a group.
Calvin McCormack is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and studio technician. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Calvin currently resides in Austin, TX.
Calvin studied jazz guitar at the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Creative Arts Orchestra, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Digital Music Ensemble, Jazz Lab Ensemble, and Chinese Music Ensemble. In 2015, Calvin completed a guitar instruction textbook for children entitled "Guitar Treks".
After relocating to Austin in early 2016, Calvin is now works as a freelance musician and an assistant engineer at Radio Active Productions recording studio under Daoud Shaw. As a performer, Calvin has played with Joyce Scott, Wadada Leo Smith, Tiger Okoshi, Ira Sullivan, Carl Filipiak, Kris Davis, and Nestor Torres among other, and has performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Common Ground On The Hill Festival, and the University of Michigan Jazz Festival.
In addition to guitar, Calvin has also studied the Saraswati Veena, Pipa, Charango, Mandolin, Shamisen, and Dobro.
Jessica has been a professional musician and teacher in Los Angeles and Austin for over 10 years, and she loves to work with students of all ages, ranging from 3 years to older adults, and she specializes in students with learning disabilities. Her goal in teaching is to challenge, inspire, and motivate students to guide them on their own unique musical journey, while constantly striving to instill in them a passion and love for music that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Taking music lessons should be an enjoyable experience all around; otherwise both the student and teacher experiences suffer. So, with that in mind, Jessica tailors each lesson and lesson plan to each student and their learning style and personality to maximize their music potential. She is able to find and work with students’ strengths, which then allows the areas that need work to be addressed without having to focus them. She gives each student the tools they need to reach their goals—whether it’s to master their instrument, learn harmony/theory, play a song, or play a whole gig. Jessica is an educated professional musician with real-life experience in the field, and she brings this experience with her into her lessons to make each lesson a productive and fun learning environment. Jessica graduated from the Los Angeles Music Academy in 2004, specializing in performance, harmony and theory.