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Learning Piano in San Antonio

by Andrew F. - San Antonio piano teacher (https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-f31)

It is an exciting time for the music scene in San Antonio. Over the past several years, there has been a perceptible growth in the collective promotion of the arts -- music included. Throughout the year, residents and visitors of San Antonio enjoy music on stages of many sizes at events such as concerts, local shows, and open mics.

Fortunately for piano players in the San Antonio area, this instrument is arguably one of the most universal of all the instruments; therefore, you’re sure to find a place that fits your preferred style of piano, whether that’s jazz, classical, or something else. Below are places and events I believe provide wonderful opportunities to get exposed to live music as you’re taking piano lessons in San Anto
nio!

Local Music Venues
If you are a blues or a jazz piano player, Luna and Sam’s Burger Joint are great places to see soulful artists play live shows. These places offer a vibrant setting for grooving music that will make you move! The Mix is a great place for artists -- local and beyond -- to play shows for a welcoming crowd. The stage is a cleared space for bands to give their shows, with the crowd only a couple of feet away. This allows for a close-knit experience with the performing bands. Lastly, Fitzgerald’s Bar and Live Music is a perfect place for local artists to gather to play covers and originals. The above local music venues, with the exception of Sam’s Burger Joint, are for adult crowds. However, these are places where young piano players can someday begin their journey of playing live music!

College and University Performances
At most of the colleges and universities in San Antonio there are music events performed by students, faculty, and guest musicians. You may find music programs including piano recitals, orchestra concerts, jazz ensemble concerts, and more. Feel free to try to connect with the musicians afterwards. You can gain insight and the experience will contribute to your motivation to keep playing! Here are links for music event calendars of three universities and a local community college:

The University of Texas at San Antonio: http://music.utsa.edu/index.php/calendar
Trinity University: http://new.trinity.edu/academics/departments/music
The University of the Incarnate Word: http://www.uiw.edu/music/uiwmusicevents.html
San Antonio College: http://www.alamo.edu/sac/music/calendar/

San Antonio Symphony
Also, classical piano players can find inspiration at concerts of the San Antonio symphony. The orchestra’s repertoire includes piano concertos and, since the early 2010s, each year there is a festival devoted to a chosen composer’s works. Festivals so far have included performances of piano works of composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. Every season, there are sure to be concerts that will feed your passions as you’re taking piano lessons in San Antonio! Here is a link to the the symphony’s website: http://www.sasymphony.org/

Local Festivals
Undoubtedly, one the best parts of the year in San Antonio occurs in April, when Fiesta is celebrated. Throughout the city, many places host official Fiesta events, including musical performances. At events such as A Night in Old San Antonio and the Oyster Bake, you can hear many types of music, including jazz, Tejano, classical, rock, and pop -- all of which include the piano! Another notable festival, Jazz’SAlive, occurs every fall. This festival brings together local and regional jazz artists as well as nationally recognized jazz artists for a weekend's worth of good food and fun! Another option is the Texas Folklife Festival, which occurs every summer at the Institute of Texan Cultures. This two-day event includes seven stages for dance and music performances and brings more than 40 cultures together. Be a part of local festivals throughout the year! Here is a link to help you stay informed of upcoming festivals and events in San Antonio: http://saevents.com/Events/Events.asp?CatMusic=y

Local Restaurants
The Cove, Tycoon Flatts, and Olmos Pharmacy are just a few of the many restaurants in town that offer live music. This is another kind of opportunity for local musical artists to showcase their covers and original songs. The lively atmosphere of each restaurant is perfect for families and friends who are looking to enjoy good food while supporting local artists and guest artists. Once you feel that you are ready to play live, go out there and contact local restaurants to see if they are looking for people to play music!

In the meantime, check out all of the shows and events that catch your interest. There is a force in everybody that helps them maintain their motivation to continue doing an activity. For piano players, it is helpful to fuel our motivation by immersing ourselves in the world of music where the piano shines. As you continue your piano lessons in San Antonio and as you develop your skills, I encourage you to become a part of the growing music scene!
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Kate W. San Antonio, TX

I've been teaching piano for over 11+ years. My teaching style is we go at the pace you want to go. I let the student tell me what their goals are, and we work around it.

My philosophy: everyone is their own person. No one is built the same!

About Kate

I graduated from UTSA in the Fall of 2008, with a Bachelor of Music with a Vocal and Piano Emphasis. I have been teaching private piano and voice for 11+ years. I am fun, energetic, and patient. It brings me such joy to be able to teach children something I am so passionate about! *** Lesson Details *** Students need to practice 15 minutes a day. They are required to complete everything that is assigned to them that week, and be prepared for their lessons for the following week. A beginner usually in 3-6 months should be familiar with reading the basic treble and bass clef staff, be familiar with dynamic markings, beginning to understand basic music theory, tempo and minimal sight reading. Voice students study basic vocal technique, and learning to sing properly. *** Travel ...

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ElvaR September 7, 2010
My daughter is really enjoying her lessons. She has grown very fond of Ms. Kate. She looks forward to her lesons.Keep up the good work Ms. Kate.
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CindyG3 August 29, 2010
The best instructer I have ever had!!

If you are looking for someone who is Kind, energetic, expressive, and patient, you have found the right teacher. You can tell right away, this woman knows, and absolutly loves what she does.
Felipe G. San Antonio, TX

The Piano used to be the center of the family's entertainment and can still bring happiness and joy to everyone who plays. I can help you learn to play that instrument we all wish we could play. Materials used in out lessons include Hal Leonard's Piano Aerobics.

About Felipe

Hello and thank you for viewing my profile. My name is Felipe Garcia and I am a self-taught music teacher. I began teaching music in 2010 and have loved it ever since. I believe learning to play music can be fun and easy, and I work hard to make sure your experience with music is one that will inspire you to keep playing for the rest of your life, for as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “without music, life would be a mistake.” My experience with music began long ago when I begged my parents to buy me a drumset and they finally gave in and bought me one when I was 14. Prior to that, I had no real experience with music except as a listener. I taught myself how to play by playing along with CDs of my favorite bands and eventually I felt like the drums wasn't enough, so I talked my parents into ...

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April G. April 2, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Felipe is a great teacher. He is patient, knowledgeable, and wants to get you playing asap! I highly recommend him.
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Carolyn E. January 25, 2015
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Felipe has been great. I am learning a challenging new instrument - a 6-string banjo (aka a Banjitar) - which is a banjo/guitar blend. In less than a month I am feeling more confident and comfortable with the instrument. I am looking forward to learning more!
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Amanda M. December 2, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Felipe has been a fantastic instructor! My son is 4, nearing 5, and like most his age, has a limited attention span. Felipe has been able to keep him engaged and has been extremely flexible and easy to work with. He has introduced my son to not only drums, but also any other instrument he shows an interest in. I highly recommend him.
Dustin S. San Antonio, TX

I teach beginner through advance piano lessons

About Dustin

~ Hello, my name is Dustin and I am passionate about playing piano and empowering others to learn to play. ~ Teaching piano is more than just a job to me. it's an opportunity for me to share with those who are taking piano lessons, something that has given me great joy in life. ~ I was a Full Scholarship Piano Performance Major and have won many National and Statewide piano competitions. ~ I began teaching piano in 2003 in Alaska, I have also taught California and Texas. ~ Memberships with Music Teacher National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association and San Antonio Music Teachers Association. ~ My goal is to infuse my students with a love for piano. ~ To encourage them, so they will leave each lesson inspired to practice, with a desire to play the

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julie H. January 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Learning piano was a wonderful experience. I not only got to learn to play, but I also learned about the details of playing the piano. Not only for fun on a day to day basis, but also on a more serious note like playing at performance. I was amazed at how quickly I picked up the piano with Dustin's guidance. With his guidance, I discovered that playing the piano was fun and he made it easy to learn. I would recommend Dustin as a piano teacher to anyone.
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Angie M. December 4, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We are a military family so have had several teachers. Dustin is a fantastic find! Our son looks forward to his weekly lesson.
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Adrian V. December 3, 2014
Piano · In home
I had always heard that finding the right piano teacher for your child was important, I never really understood that until my son began working with Mr. Dustin S. for piano lessons. My 10 yr. old had other piano teachers in the past that really didn't seem to listen or take time to understand our son's needs which in effect, seemed to cause my son to steadily lose interest in wanting to learn piano. Mr. Dustin S. took the time to listen to our past experiences, taking notes (literally) on what were the past concerns and future goals. He thoughtfully planned and adjusted his lessons to keep my son interested in practicing piano as well as in learning to read music. Mr. Dustin S. is very knowledgeable, and truly takes time to know his students.
Michael K. San Antonio, TX

Piano is a great instrument to start learning the musical language on! Great for anyone at any point in their life. I can help find repertoire for a student any skill level- Old Mac Donald to Op.33 in G minor by Rachmaninov.

If you're child is 5 years old and you think they would enjoy piano, send 'em over!

If you are 80 and have been wanting to play the piano... come on over!

If you've been playing for several years and just want someone to help develop your skills, let's do it!

And of course... if you're into jazz, let's swing.

About Michael

With a Bachelors in Music Marketing and certificate in Jazz from University of Texas at San Antonio, years of live performing, large in-home instrument room and relaxed environment, personalized and imaginative learning techniques will be applied to promote maximum learning synthesis to instill long term love for music. *** Lesson Details *** I have plenty of experience working with kids, have gigged around town and encourage older students to do the same. I'm extremely passionate about music and willing to study instrument technique or theory. *** Studio Equipment *** Audio recording of lessons are available, and encouraged! A variety of instruments are available including... Piano, Guitar, Trumpet, Bass, Drums, and Clarinet *** Specialties *** Very friendly and ...

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Kyle K. October 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
After just a few lessons with Michael I could see instant improvements in my guitar playing and truly started to understand more and more about my instrument, and just music in general. My lessons are always a good time with Michael and i look forward to each one every week. He's a great teacher and musician and I definitely recommend him to everyone.
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Jewel M. May 1, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
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Michael has been wonderful. He seems very young to this old woman, but his maturity is remarkable. I have never had a teacher handle 'Thias the way Michael does. Somehow he seems to always be a step ahead of his young student and has a distinct ability to keep 'Thias focused on the lesson. Mathias has learned so much in the last four weeks, his playing sounds much more mature and organized and he is enraptured with the music he is making. I have always had to keep an eye on the lesson to make sure that Mathias was engaged. Somehow I do not feel the need to do that anymore. I guess I can say that Michael has given me the chance to relax and "enjoy the music". Thank you, Michael, You are making my dream and Mathias's dream come true.
Andrew F. San Antonio, TX

My approach to teaching is experiential. After understanding a student's level and what their goals are, I pick a song or a piece to use for lessons, if they do not already have a chosen one. I like to experiment, so, after the student gains a good understanding of playing a song or a piece, I go over ways to change up the music to explore other kinds of expression through the piano. With this approach, my students may learn to bring logic (technique, scales, etc.) and feelings (how they play songs, etc.) together. After a good level of understanding is obtained, I go over beginning improv with students, if desired. I strive to make it a fun experience so that motivation is well-maintained! Lastly, if desired, I can include singing in the lessons.

About Andrew

I have experience tutoring students as well as working with people individually and in groups, as an undergrad intern, a cognitive skills trainer, and a counseling student. As an undergrad intern, I worked with elementary school children as a tutor and a mentor. As a counseling student, I have worked with various populations, from children to adults to older adults in hospice care, as well as individuals suffering from a mental illness. Also, I teach a beginner ukulele class at a community education center. This diversity has given me an all around kind of perspective when it comes to working with individuals and has especially helped me further develop my approach. My approach is one that is peculiar to each of my students. As an auto-didactic learner, I believe that everyone ...

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Talia P. February 28, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Andrew is excellent with my 5 year old daughter. I highly recommend him.
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Ruth V. November 12, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Andrew has a wonderful talent for teaching music; ukulele, guitar, piano and especially voice. With every lesson you will not be disappointed and never feel like you are taking a step backwards.
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Kaley M. September 17, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher, flexible and reliable. Very patient. He does a great job at meeting you at the level you are at. I definitely feel more confidence about my singing ability and look forward to gaining even more skill. I highly recommend Andrew!
Ruth V. San Antonio, TX

Experienced piano teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of theory and pattern building skills. I specialize in classical techniques, typically use Alfred books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: Keyboard

About Ruth

Knowledgeable, patient, direct, and experienced teacher of many musical instruments. Performed with Orchestral groups, and chorale groups. Performed on the Carniege Hall stage a few times with a few chorale groups. Studied violin from top performers from the San Antonio Symphony. ***Capable of working with students who have special needs. I have a passion for the performing arts; every aspect of it. From learning a piece to committing it to memory. Twelve Benefits of Music Education Music Education Advocacy Resources on amazon.com 1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically ...

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Frank H. April 20, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Ruth made me feel very comfortable, and the lesson went well. I learned quite a bit for just the 1st lesson, and expect to make good progress. Ruth played my violin and made it sound great, so I am looking forward to being able to do the same.
We went through some of the basics on tuning, parts of the violin, reading music, posture, arm position, and bowing. I think Ruth has good skills, a nice way with people, and would recommend her as a teacher.

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Felipe G. November 19, 2014
Violin · In home
Ruth is the best violin and piano teacher that TakeLessons has to offer. She's really patient, down to earth, and super talented. She knows and understands music just like a pro and can work really well with students of all ages! She's even given my infant son a few lessons on the piano and now he loves to play! If your interested in high quality lessons, you better pick Ruth!!!!!!
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Andrew F. November 9, 2014
Ruth is a gifted musician. I have had the pleasure of watching her perform numerous times and I have had the honor of singing along side her at Carnegie Hall. Ruth is a genuine person with has a lot of insight and a lot of soul. She has a passion that is contagious. You will not be disappointed by having Ruth as your teacher!

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