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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 Antonio!

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 famili
ar 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 Equipment ***
I usually provide the books after the parents have paid for them. They should have their own instrument to work with.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Alfred method for piano.
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Gia July 2, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Within minutes, I could tell that she was a very haopy person and that I would have no problem talking with her. She also challenged me to sing outside my range. I felt unsure but she encouraged me and I did okay. I can't wait for my next lesson.
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David A. June 29, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Kate is a very nice person and looks to be fun to work with. She was also very encouraging. I look forward to working with her and learning from her.
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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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Kate W.

San Antonio, TX 78247
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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 piano for themselves and others.

Thank you for taking the time to read my About Me section. I wish you well in finding the right teacher for you.

warm regards,
Dustin S.

I am located on the NW side of San Antonio on Culebra about 2 miles outside of loop 410.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated room for piano and lessons. There is an upright studio Steinway piano for lessons. With couch seating and wi-fi available for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I also use traditional classical piano music and exercises to develop artistry and technique. I specialize in classical, baroque and romantic piano styles. Method books that I use are Faber & Faber.
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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.
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Dustin S.

San Antonio, TX 78251
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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

Hello! I'm Michael. Music has been 'my thing' since I found a guitar in my Mom's closet at age 9 and didn't move until figured out "Mary Had A Little Lamb". That's the curiosity I try to instill in my students! Although I started playing trumpet and guitar in elementary school, my music education at University of Texas in SA opened up musical doors I never knew existed! Currently I teach trumpet, guitar, piano, drums and saxophone, ages 6 to 45, as well as play trumpet around town when the sun goes down. I passionately emphasize music reading ability, improv techniques through jazz studies, an
d a solid music theory foundation- no matter what age you are!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
Every lesson, past concepts are reviewed and emphasized, then we crawl forward through new music, discussing the technique and theory of every piece we play. I've accumulated an expansive library of teaching material to create a very diverse path when exploring the wonderful world of music. I always try to emphasize practicing a classical piece and a jazz piece. Popular and original music is always fun too! Whatever your idea of music is, we will build on it, playing pieces you want to play!
*** Studio Equipment ***
A variety of instruments are at our disposal here in the studio, including...

Acoustic piano & electric keyboard, guitars, trumpet & cornet, upright acoustic bass, 7-piece drum set & auxiliary percussion... and my clarinet!

*** Specialties ***
The house is very friendly and comfortable, great with children and families. Lots of natural light! Netflix/Kids Netflix available, or a lot of books if you prefer! Large front porch patio, great on a nice day!
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Joe H. May 19, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
I recently began taking lessons with Michael on understanding more about music theory with the objective of becoming a better guitarist and song writer. Not only the knowledge I have gained, but the overall improvement of my musicianship in such a short amount of time has greatly surpassed my expectations. I would highly recommend Michael to any musician looking to take their craft to the next level.
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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.
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Michael K.

San Antonio, TX 78212
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Andrew F.

San Antonio, TX

After understanding a student's level and what their interests with piano are, I help the student pick a song or a piece to use for lessons that is according to those interests. After a student gains a good understanding of playing a song or a piece, I like to go over ways to change the dynamics (rhythm and note alterations) of the music to explore other kinds of expression through the piano. With this approach, my students may learn to bring logic (technique, scales, theory) and feeling (how the music is played) together. It is also a great introduction to improvisation.

I go over improvisation with students, if desired. This includes such concepts as playing comfortably with both hands, creating melodies, exploring the use of various scales and voice leading. 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 Psychology 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 grade school students (making healthier choices) to adults (stress, anxiety, career decisions, bereavement, etc.) to older adults in hospice care, as well as facilitate groups with individuals suffering from a mental illness. Also, I teach a beginner ukule
le class at a community education center. Through my personal, academic and vocational experiences, I have gained insight about the process of working with people, educationally, musically and through goal setting (counseling and coaching).

My approach is one that is peculiar to each of my students. As an auto-didactic learner, I believe that everyone has their own way of learning. Therefore, I use an approach that I feel works well for each of my students, with regard to whether a student thinks abstractly or concretely, for example. With so many possible goals, it is important to be flexible to work with each student's learning style. I present concepts with the idea that experience is the key to learning. I strive to create a warm atmosphere that allows students to feel comfortable with making mistakes, with making progress and with being themselves. I see the process as a wonderful opportunity for students to gain knowledge and awareness and to personally develop.

With my patience, positive energy, personal insight and passion for working with people, I help my students work towards progress while having a fun time doing it. I help my students create meaning by keeping the focus of the lessons based on a given student's interests and concerns. My hope is that it is all undoubtedly clear.

Two important things: I strive to maintain a positive collaboration with my students so that learning and development may occur. I believe this is one of the most important parts of the process. It is essential for students to share the same commitment. Also: I promote the idea of Soul. To me, Soul is any sincere display of passion. With Soul, we perform in a most genuine and graceful way. I personally believe that whether one is playing the piano, writing an essay, singing, giving a speech or anything (necessarily peaceful), one should do it with Soul.

Personal Development Coaching: Using my insight gained as a counseling student and my aforementioned experience working with people, I am happy to provide my personal development coaching service. It focuses on providing a safe and understanding atmosphere for one to reflect, process and work towards making personal changes (e.g. career, anxiety management, lifestyle) from an existential perspective. If interested, please, see the details I have provided under Life Coaching. I work with grade school students and adults (including college students).

My approach to personal development coaching is based on a therapeutic intervention called Gestalt Therapy (GT). The underlying idea of GT is that awareness is the key to change. My approach looks to help the individual gain self-actualization. This allows one to discern where such things as anxiety, unhappiness, ambivalence, etc. stem from. I believe that it is important for every human being to go through such a process so that peace and awareness within brings peace and awareness to the outer world. I am inspired by and influenced by the ideas of Carl Jung. I help facilitate the process in a genuinely humane, empathetic and professional manner.

I am absolutely loyal to the idea of confidentiality; therefore, I ensure that information of anybody I work with is not at risk of being shared with a third party.

Lastly, I am open to: Going beyond my travel radius, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; working with multiple students, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; and meeting at a public place that is convenient, if it is preferred.

I mentioned everything that is above so that it may be known and understood. Please, contact TakeLessons if you have any questions about any services I provide, my approach or anything!

A TakeLessons blog I have published:

http://takelessons.com/blog/find-the-right-piano-teacher

Peace be within you.
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William June 30, 2015
Very friendly and understanding of the type of lessons I wanted. Super cool dude.
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eveline J. June 2, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Andrew is really good with kids. He has lots of patience. He teaches my daughter Singing, Ukelele and Reading. I would recommend him.
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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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Andrew F.

San Antonio, TX 78209
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Travis B.

San Antonio, TX

Maybe the best instrument for all beginning musicians to learn on due to its helpful visual anatomy. Whether you are just learning to read music or want to learn how to play a certain style or just want to figure out the new Bruno Mars song, we can do it together. I received my degree in Music and was trained in piano under some of the best in the city. If you would like a degree's worth of knowledge for a tiny fraction of the price I can help by giving you the information they gave to me. In no time, with your practice and diligence, we can have you wherever you want to be as a pianist.

About Travis

As a successful musician who has traveled the U.S. extensively and earned a degree in Music I enjoy helping my students in ALL aspects of the art form. Whether you just want to get started on the basics (impressing family and friends, reading music, learning chords, writing songs, vocal performance, playing along to your favorite bands, etc.) or you have higher aspirations of being a superstar (media relations, touring, branding, etc.) I would love to work with you and share my knowledge. Whether you play pop, jazz, country, punk, rock n roll, hip hop, opera, reggae, soul, etc. I have knowledg
e of most genres and how to become adept at their performance and understanding and I love to instill a passion for music in my students- whatever their interests be.
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Bryan Wing July 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson! I've never taken piano lessons before, but am very excited about learning more from Travis. He has a calm, patient demeanor, and took time to listen to my goals. Would recommend Travis to anyone interested in learning more about this craft.
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Travis B.

San Antonio, TX 78201
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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