Seeking a Fresh Perspective

Seeking a Fresh Perspective

A musician’s study is guaranteed to have high points and low points. While serious study is, by its nature, challenging, feeling discouraged or “burned out” from the effort is not uncommon. Taking months or even years away from one’s training is a valuable and important consideration; however, it is usually unnecessary.
If you wish to improve, but it is becoming more difficult for you to grit your teeth and do as your instructor demands, then it may be useful to remember that the work does not have to be fun, just interesting and personal. Music is a holistic study. The likelihood that something which is non-musical, and which you also deeply enjoy, overlaps with some aspect of your practice is quite high. 
Viewing music through the lens of something equally if not more enjoyable is an eye-opening experience. A dancer, for example, may observe how similar the body awareness required of piano playing is to that required of dancing. A reader may observe the architecture of story mirrored in their repertoire. A scientifically-minded person may start to notice how different energies tend to balance one another in great music. (All of these are important, by the way.)
Communicate to your instructor any concerns about your musical journey. If you have questions specifically about this column, please email me at:


Thomas Fedorchik, 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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