The programs the OYOU offers range from individual to group instruction on musical instruments, songwriting, and creative writing. The OYOU Center for the Creative Arts also seeks programs that enhance quality of life through art education and instruction. We host group discussions on wellness. We celebrate educating artists on the business end of their creative outlets, and actively work to provide education and programs for those who would otherwise be unable to embrace and enjoy the arts. The OYOU is a place where anyone — regardless of income, can learn how to "Own Your Own Universe" through the arts.
Folks who have taught workshops at the OYOU include ...
Terri Hendrix is a pioneering independent Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and engaging melodic flair that has endeared her to three generations of loyal fans around the globe. A classically trained vocalist and accomplished multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, and harmonica) recently recognized by “Acoustic Guitar” Magazine as one of Texas’ 20 essential contemporary singer-songwriters, she is also one of its most prolific — having averaged nearly an album a year going all the way back to her 1996 debut, “Two Dollar Shoes.” To date, every one of her albums has been released on her own Wilory Records label, making Hendrix the rare artist who has owned all of her master recordings from day one. That autonomy has allowed her the freedom to dodge musical pigeonholes her entire career by weaving folk, pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own — a playful mix that makes for a highly energetic and spiritually uplifting live show in any setting, from intimate listening rooms and theaters to outdoor festivals. Along the way, she’s also co-written a Grammy-winning instrumental (the Dixie Chicks’ “Lil’ Jack Slade”), and garnered such honors as a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, the Art of Peace Award by Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, the Distinguished Alumni Award at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and a 2015 induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame in San Marcos, Texas. Hendrix is also hard at work building a nonprofit creative center for the arts serving the greater San Marcos area and beyond. It’s called the OYOU, an acronym for “Own Your Own Universe” — words that this free-spirited, self-made woman has lived and thrived by her entire adult life.
Few people are as important to the development of Texas music over the last 30 years as Lloyd Maines. As a Grammy award-winning producer and musician, the Lubbock-born Maines has played an instrumental role in the creation of some of the Lone Star State's most famous and beloved albums. Maines began his recording and producing career in 1974. Over the past 40 years, Maines has worked on approximately four-thousand albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. In addition to his producing credits, Maines is an A-list steel guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. His work has been heard on countless recordings. Maines has been inducted into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in Lubbock, Texas, individually and as a member of the Maines Brother's Band. He was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame June 2014. He has made more appearances on the PBS show than anyone else in the history of the program.
Kevin Carroll is a certified State of Texas Elementary Educator, instructs at ukulele workshops internationally, is a performing and recording artist, and teaches both private and group music lessons to all ages and levels in Austin, TX. Equally passionate about music, education and ukulele, Kevin seeks to inspire and empower students to exercise their birthright of making music. Kevin has completed the third and final year of course study in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative Teacher Certification Program and has been hired back as a teacher instructor for the past 2 years. This training has served to make Ukulele in the Classroom a popular and successful learning approach in Austin. Kevin’s scope of teaching includes Texas-based music, blues,classical, jazz, soul, funk, Ukestra (ukulele orchestras), family music facilitation, ukulele ensembles, and beginners of all ages. He has been a resident of Austin, TX for over 20 years where he has played guitar and toured across the globe with Americana artists such as the Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore), Jimmy LaFave, Alejandro Escovedo, Robyn Ludwick, Charlie and Bruce Robison and many others. In addition to leading his own groups as a singer-songwriter, Kevin has produced albums and written songs for several Austin artists.
Austin, Texan Jane Gillman (guitar, harmonica, dulcimer, octave mandolin) first braved the stage at age 11, performing Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” on the ukulele. She has since released 9 albums (Rounder Records; Compass/Green Linnet) and has traveled throughout North America and Europe as a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Musical Director and teacher. 2016 projects include Bad Dino, a children’s folk music CD compilation featuring 25 Texas artists (producer and co-writer); A Songwriter’s Toolbox, a songwriting course created for New College, Sarasota, FL (adjunct professor); and indie rock band Alice Evans and the 11’s (electric guitarist).
Jana Pochop began her vastly diverse career as an independent singer-songwriter when, as a child, she asked for a drum kit and her parents got her a guitar instead. She discovered Mary Chapin Carpenter at the age of 11 and found a beautiful purpose for that guitar. Her instinct for deep grooves and poignant lyrics are obvious on her most recent musical offerings, “Lightning,” a single released in 2017, and her 2014 EP Throats Are Quarries. All produced by Daniel Barrett, Jana combines her gifts; lyrics that are as fearless as they are vulnerable, as skeptical as they are hopeful – woven into beautiful and fully fleshed arrangements.