The Perfect Performance

The Perfect Performance

We are not perfect beings, and there is no such thing as a perfect performance. As musicians, we judge other performances, and we are judged by others. What is far worse than the judgment of others is the judgment we place on ourselves. Throughout my music education, I’ve been told that I have to be perfect; nothing less is acceptable. This belief has caused me and many other musicians to mentally berate ourselves over insignificant mistakes.

I can share from personal experience that when you dwell on mistakes, you will start to feel insecure about your playing or singing and lose all joy in music. It’s okay to make mistakes; what’s more important is how quickly you recover. Our favorite recordings contribute to the illusion of perfection as they have been heavily edited, much like a big-budget movie.

However, this isn’t an excuse for being a sloppy musician. You must put in the work and spend hours practicing, as well as listening. Every teacher here has made countless mistakes during performances, and I myself have fallen flat on my face in front of an audience or two. Striving for perfection is important, but accepting that you are less than perfect is equally vital. All you can do is learn from it and keep practicing.


Randy Naranjo, M.S. Guitar 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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