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.
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.
Daniel Dyer was born in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He's studied guitar from a young age, and has developed a passion for composition and education in his studies and career.
Daniel graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Composition with a focus on contemporary chamber music and jazz music. While in Fayetteville, Daniel performed in the University Jazz Band, pit orchestras for nationally touring theatre companies, and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. He also began his teaching career at the New School in Fayetteville.
After graduation, Daniel moved to Memphis and fell in love with music education. There he taught guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and banjo at Bartlett Music Academy for years before relocating to Austin in 2017, where he now resides and enjoys playing in pit orchestras and small jazz ensembles.
Hailing from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jeffrey Fratus (pr. Fraytis) was raised in the small city of Knoxville. He began taking guitar lessons at the age of 6 because of his own interest in a small guitar that had been gifted by his parents to his younger brother of 4 who had no idea at the time what to do with the thing.
Throughout his formative years, Jeffrey studied predominantly in the classical vein, but also enjoyed playing and singing on the steel string some of his favorite folk songs. In high school he was a member of a Knoxville band that played in and around the East Tennessee valley.
At the age of 17, Jeffrey received a guitar performance scholarship to attend music school at Middle Tennessee State University, right outside of Nashville. After graduating in four years, he immediately went on to accept a graduate assistantship and full scholarship to CCM, the music conservatory at the University of Cincinnati. It was during his time at CCM that Jeffrey was able to realize a love for the art of pedagogy, due mainly to the inspiration given him by Clare Callahan, who is one of the guitar world’s most renowned teachers.
Benjamin Franklin once said that, “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” It is Jeffrey’s goal as music instructor to help his students realize the silver that lies within them in order that they might uncover it and refine it into something beautiful. There is an unlimited wellspring of potential in everyone. Jeffrey aims to help his students dig deep enough to find it.