On Listening

On Listening

Can you become a great musician without listening? Probably not. As a developing pianist, I make a point to attend almost every piano concert available in San Antonio. A great benefit of this is hearing pieces you have never heard that you really enjoy.You can broaden your musical taste, knowledge, and library of pieces just from attending concerts!

When training to become proficient at a musical instrument we tend to overlook the importance of listening. Instead, we focus solely on practicing the instrument and fail to assess the importance of becoming a better listener. Many professional authors state that they became successful writers through reading lots of books. This does not mean that a developing author who doesn’t read books will not be successful, but it does mean they are not exposed to the trends and systematically developed structures embedded in a typical book.

Over the course of the year, most students go through the practice blues and become unmotivated. Students then become interested in other activities and spend less time with their musical interests. I am confident that when students experience the rush of seeing a live professional performance, they will say,”I want to be able to do that!” and regain their motivation.

-Derek Adam, M.M.

Jesusa Pons-Garner

I’ve had both my children attend lessons at this location. The staff is absolutely wonderful. Mrs. Amber is an incredible piano instructor!

Jesusa Pons-Garner / parent
Jennifer Ortega

San Antonio Music Academy is very well organized. My daughter's piano teacher is wonderful! She's been taking lessons for 5 months and looks forward to each lesson. I really enjoy the recitals at the LOL Comedy Club.

Jennifer Ortega / parent
Esmeralda Saavedra

My daughter has been registered here since she was 7. Each instructor she’s had has been very friendly and great to work with. Currently she has lessons with Ms Maria and we are so grateful for her and the entire SAMA staff. I can’t recommend enough.

Esmeralda Saavedra / parent
Elio Maldonado Jr.

Jacob was an excellent guitar instructor. He was patient and prepared. I definitely recommend him to any person wanting to learn guitar.

Elio Maldonado Jr. / parent
Crystal Reyes

We absolutely  San Antonio Music Academy!!! All 3 of my children take lessons and they love it. My daughter Taylor has really improved her vocal abilities with the help of a wonderful vocal teacher.

Crystal Reyes / parent
Steve Dell

San Antonio Music Academy is awesome, my son loves the guitar lessons and is super excited to attend every week! He started with zero experience and progressed surprisingly fast. Randy is an amazingly talented guitarist/teacher. He is very patient, yet knows how to push students to the next level. Highly recommend all the instructors, the staff is great!

Steve Dell / parent
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