Appreciation Leads to Progress

Appreciation Leads to Progress

Having been welcomed into SAMA so pleasantly made quite the impression on me. Though the changes have been new, many of the experiences I’ve been through before many times and have learned many things from them. As a young person myself, I highly relate to many of my students and regularly converse with them as equals. This provides me with valuable feedback into their daily routines and feelings on music and practicing. Many things, I’d like to note as being important to the success of my students. Going through weekly lessons, many pupils appear to me to be lacking motivation and this affects their progress. However, encouraging these students to bring their own music or books to learn is always a way to get them back into the “groove” of practice. Another important thing to note is parent participation. I’ve noticed a significant increase in motivation and practice time with my students whose parents not only sit in during the lesson but take an active role in encouraging and assisting their kids with their lessons and practice. It truly doesn’t take much energy to remind your child to practice daily or to speak encouraging words about their progress, as my parents did when I was young which greatly improved my motivation. If there is anything I’ve learned when it comes to children and parents, is that it doesn’t matter how many extra-curricular activities your child is in. What matters is the level of attention and motivation the child gives to each activity, and that is highly dependent on how you teach your child to appreciate such things.

As a final note, it doesn’t matter if a student is 5 or 50, progress lies deeply rooted in personality: how one understands and appreciates valuable things such as musical talent and how he/she handles the opportunities they are granted. Continue doing great things, students of SAMA!


– Catalina Garcia, Piano 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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