Memorizing Your Music

Memorizing Your Music

As a performer, teacher, and student, it took me a while to understand the benefits of memorizing music and trusting oneself. I don’t mean to imply that musicians who perform with sheet music are less than those who play without it. Just like most things in life, there are pros and cons.

Pros: Not relying on sheet music allows you to fully immerse yourself in the music as an artist and performer. It opens the door to a higher level of self-trust and confidence, helping you gradually step out of your comfort zone. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication you’ve put into learning a new skill. Whether it’s “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or an advanced-level piece, your audience is invited to enter a world of your own creation and perception.

Cons: Memorizing music requires more effort and sometimes more time to embed it in your muscle and mental memory. In a way, it offers less security because if you make a mistake, you have to keep going as best as you can. Playing from memory can add to our anxiety and demands perseverance and grace to continue.

Regardless of the approach you choose, remember one thing: we are proud of you. Your teacher, family, fellow musicians, and the rest of the audience are in awe of your decision to stick with it, work through it, and prove to yourself that you can overcome challenges. Well done!


Andi Tupponce, B.M., 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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