Enciinitas School of Music
Enciinitas School of Music
ESoM Master Staff


Stephen Rollins

Main Instrument: Guitar
Other Instruments: Bass, Keyboards & Drums
Born Feb. 9, 1959
San Mateo, CA
Graduated from Musicians Institute
Hollywood, CA 1989
Author of 5 Instuctional Books on Guitar - Started Teaching in 1989


Steve has performed with a wide variety of local groups since returning to San Diego in 1989.

Teaching Style:
For me, the key to learning the guitar is a thorough knowledge of the fingerboard. While the different styles of music are vast, the placement of notes, scales and chord shapes on the fingerboard remains the same. Once I get a student to understand and visualize the fingerboard, any music they desire to learn is at their fingertips.

As an Author:
Throughout my teaching career I searched for books to use with my students. I often found them to be confusing and tedious for the student, so I decided to put my teaching techniques into book form. I used simplicity and large diagrams in order to make the learning process as easy as is humanly possible. My books are entitled as the "Introduction To" series. Available title are:

  • An Introduction to Scales For The Guitarist
  • An Introduction to Modes For The Guitarist
  • An Introduction to Arpeggios For The Guitarist
  • An Introduction to Chord Construction For The Guitarist
  • An Introduction to Musical Symbols For The Guitarist

Prices range from $12 to $20 and are available at ESoM,

or email me at srollins@esom.org.

Recording Arts
ESoM's recording studio was designed and built by myself. My early career in construction and the gazillions of hours wearing headphones dissecting recordings has paid off. Producing a successful recording session is as artistic and demanding as any live performance I have ever done.

The fee for recording is only $50 per hour, or a six hour block for $250.00. This price includes the mixing and mastering!

Trisha Chavarria

Patricia, better known as Trisha, is a 4th generation San Diegan. Trisha has lived in the San Diego area for her whole life, some 43 years. At a young age she was exposed to music by her mother an accomplished pianist in her own right. Trisha was encouraged to take part in all forms of the arts and her mother emphasized how important music is in all aspects of life. Trisha was exposed to everything from singing and dancing to piano and guitar and started performing on stage at the age of four and has been performing ever since.


Trisha has an Associate of the Arts degree and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. While attending college, Trisha worked as an elementary school aide teaching children the arts and the value of music.Trisha has a special way of communicating that not only is music fun, but the contentment one feels while playing an instrument is long lasting. 


She likes to convey to the children she teaches that music is an activity that can be enjoyed by oneself as well in a group.
The Encinitas School of Music provides the perfect opportunity for Trisha. She gets to be around music, which she loves, and she is able to teach children the arts at the same time.
Whether she’s teaching guitar, piano, or voice – at after-school programs or privately at the music school, Trisha gives her all to the children she comes in contact with.When Trisha was asked what she enjoys the most about teaching the arts, she responded, “sharing and teaching music to children and knowing that it is something they will take with them on the journey of life – wherever that may be – music will be a part of their life and I’ll know I was a part of that journey.” 

Ron Ebel

I have been playing and teaching for over twenty years in many different venues. I have worked with many age and skill levels, from the beginning child to the experienced adult. My teaching method incorporates the personal style and pace of the individual student. My goal is to make the program fun and interesting in order to promote a lasting enthusiasm for the instrument and music in general.




Staff Instructor Encinitas School of Music - March 2000-Present

775 Orpheus                        
Encinitas, CA

Private Instructor - 1993-1999
Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Harmonica, Voice, Piano
Ron Ebel's Music Services
Beaverton, OR

Clinician - Sax, Flute, Clarinet. - 1993 - 1999
Beaverton Middle Schools

Co-director-Beaverton Summer Jazz Band Camp 1997-1999
Big Band for High and Middle School Students

Private Instructor: Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Piano - 1992-1993
Sidmouth, England.

Private Instructor: Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Piano - 1981-1991
Ron Ebel's Music Services
North Hollywood, CA

Assistant Band Director & Woodwind Clinician - 1989-1990
Byrd Jr. High. Jody Gladstone-Director
Sun Valley, CA


Bachelor Degree in Music - University of Oregon - 1979
Dick Grove School of Music - 1982
Valley College Jazz Band - Don Nelligan, Director - 1984-1986
Phil Sobel - Saxophone Instruction - 1985
Conducting - Phil Cansler - University of Portland - 1995

Ben Breidenthal

I began playing trumpet in the 5th grade and have been picking up new instruments ever since. During my time with San Dieguito Academy’s band, I received awards such as the Louis Armstrong Jazz award and the John Phillip Sousa Band award. My third year I played in a group that won the battle of the bands. Today I am learning digital audio production and am constantly expanding my musical knowledge and skills. I have an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts and I am currently at UCSD pursuing an B.A. in Music: Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts.

Currently, I teach trumpet, ukulele, guitar, and drums. I am excited to share my knowledge of music with anyone who wants to learn. Everyone comes from a different musical background and has a different way of learning, so I will work the lesson plan around the student so we can find a way to fit music into your life.

Violist George Volkov was born in the small town of Azov in southern Russia. His parents were amateur
musicians and his love of classical music started early. He was sent to a local music school at the age of
six to study the violin. Later he went to the world famous city of the arts, St. Petersburg, Russia, where
he began his advanced music education. Mr. Volkov, studied viola and graduated from the Music College
and Conservatory in 2010. He studied with Anna Pavlovich,a 30 year veteran of the noted Mariinsky
Theater. In addition Mr. Volkov studied with Andrey Dogadin, principal violist and soloist with the St.
Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He played several master-classes, notably with Roman Spitzer,
principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as several graduate and post-graduate
recitals. He has been a member of the St. Petersburg Music Comedy Theater Orchestra and the St.
Petersburg State Academic Orchestra and Capella. In 2008-2010 Mr. Volkov served as principal violist in
the Cairo Opera Symphony Orchestra, in Cairo, Egypt. He performed two recitals in the small hall of the
Cairo Opera House. Upon leaving Egypt, he toured central Russia playing numerous recitals in various
music schools and colleges. Soon after he immigrated to the United States and settled in the San Diego
area, Mr. Volkov began teaching and is currently principal violist with the MiraCosta College Symphony


More Instructors:

JP Dietrich-Drums



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Email: Music@esom.org

775 Orpheus Ave

Encinitas, CA 92024



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