Piano Lessons San Antonio

Enrique Rangel, B.S., Piano Instructor

Enrique has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Music. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Medicine Degree (M.D.) from the University of Texas Health Science Center. He began his journey with piano at 12 years old when his grandmother gifted his family her upright piano and instantly fell in love with the sounds and possibilities of the instrument and how it captured his imagination. Enrique became entranced by the classical masterworks of Beethoven, Mozart, and especially Chopin and Liszt. He greatly admires pianists Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein and the incredible art they create with their performances. Enrique is from Laredo, Texas, but has considered San Antonio his home for the past 4 years.

Enrique has studied and performed piano for 14 years and has over 5 years of teaching experience. He studied under Nancy and John Weems of the University of Houston, Texas, Dr. Igor Resniasky, Timothy Hester of the Julliard School, Kenneth Thompson and AJ Collins of Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Dr. Kassandra Keeling of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Freiderich Gechter of Texas A&M International University, and Dr. Anthony Tobin. He is able to speak and teach in Spanish as well.

In his free time, Enrique loves playing video games and watching shows and movies, with The Office and Star Wars being his favorites. He enjoys bird watching with his fiancé, Paulina, at all the local parks and also loves playing tennis. Enrique has two pets, a chocolate Labrador “Lady” and a black cat “Darth” named after Darth Vader! Enrique still actively enjoys learning new piano pieces by many of his favorite composers and has an extensive repertoire ranging from Bach to Prokofiev and everything in between!

Enrique’s lifelong goal is to challenge himself to continue improving his own skills in performing, teaching, and learning. He believes the best teachers and performers always remain students themselves. Although Enrique studies medicine, music still remains his ultimate passion and considers it a privilege to share this with others! He believes music is the ultimate and deepest form of expression, and humanity strives to instill a lifelong interest in music that leads to a lifetime of joy and discovery with the capacity to change lives!

Honors, Awards & Recognitions:

2019: Awarded the Adam’s Music House Foundation Fellowship for Performance and Community Education of a Lesser Known Composer’s Works for Solo Piano

2018: Accepted into the Long School of Medicine of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Class of 2022

2018: Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Minor in Music

2018-2014: Named to Dean’s List a total of five semesters. Requirement for being

named to the Dean’s List is to, per semester, maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.65 or higher having completed a minimum of 15 semester credit hours.

2018: Named to Honor Roll academic recognition one semester. Requirement for being named to the Honor Roll is to, per semester, maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher having completed a minimum of 12 semester credit hours.

2017: 1st Place Winner of the 2017 Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto

Competition

2017: Performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra for the season finale concert

2017: Awarded Monetary Stipend for winning the 2017 Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition

2017: Performed a Classical Piano Solo Recital at TAMIU Fine and Performing Arts Center (performed pieces by Bach, Scarlatti, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, Prokofiev, Busoni, Debussy, Rachmaninoff)

2017: Performed Classical Piano Solo Pieces in the Annual Keyboard and Lower Strings Recital at TAMIU Fine and Performing Arts Center

2017: International Competitor in the American Protégé Showcase at Stern International Competition at Carnegie Hall, New York City

2016: Performed Classical Piano Solo Works for TEDxLaredo event at TAMIU Fine and Performing Arts Center (performed pieces by Liszt, Chopin, Prokofiev)

2015: 1st Place Winner of the 2015 Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition

2015: Performed Chopin Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in the last concert of the season

2015: Performed a Classical Piano Solo Recital at TAMIU Fine and Performing

Arts Center (performed pieces by Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev)

2015: Performed Classical Piano Solo Pieces in the Annual Keyboard and Lower Strings Recital at TAMIU Fine and Performing Arts Center

2014: Accepted into the FASTS (Facilitated Acceptance for South Texas Scholars) Pre-Medical Program with the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio, TX. (UTHSCSA- University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio)

2014: 2nd Place Winner 2014 American Protégé International Piano and Strings

Competition, Performed Winners Recital at Carnegie Hall, NYC

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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