The Importance 
of FUNdamentals

The Importance 
of FUNdamentals

     If you were to build a house, you would lay down a solid surface to build upon.  The most important aspect to keep a house standing for years to come is the firm foundation.  The same applies to music; strong musicians develop from working on their FUNdamentals on a regular basis.  Notice the emphasis on FUN.  Try and change your thinking about FUNdamentals: rather than making them a chore, turn them into daily goals that you can achieve to make yourself better!

     While working on FUNdamentals may seem laborious at times, a good musician will see the value of thoughtful repetitions on their instrument or voice.  Take a look at the music that you are working on.  What is the music made of?  For pianists and guitarists, the music is made up scales, chords, intervals and arpeggios.  The key is to isolate those basic building blocks until they are proficient. Remember to always work with a metronome to help develop your sense of time.  If you are a percussionist, playing simple rhythms in time with a metronome is extremely valuable to help you get better on the drums.  Challenge yourself!  Break down the rhythms you are playing into smaller pieces, work enthusiastically on those pieces and then put them back together.  You will find yourself learning new patterns much quicker.  If you are a vocalist, work on intervals both ascending and descending, along with scale patterns.  Work to improve your tone and record yourself singing.  Remember that getting better takes hard work, determination, and a great attitude!

     Learning new music can be FUN if you approach it that way.  Never neglect the building blocks of music.  Put the FUN back into FUNdamentals.  Once you learn to pay attention to the details of music and work them out, you will find your level of achievement will go through the roof!

-Nick Flores
Drum Instructor

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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