PIANO INSTRUCTORS

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Amber Kuykendall,
A.A.

Amber started taking private piano lessons at the age of eight. Amber joined the choir in high school and played clarinet in the band. During this time is when Amber decided to pursue music at a professional level. At Kilgore College, Amber studied under the direction of Dr. William Hayter and Dr. Mary Heiden. She also taught at the college for a year, adding to her existing three years of private teaching experience.

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Thomas Fedorchik,
B.G.S.

Thomas is a composer and pianist serving the San Antonio, Texas, area. His professional career has included solo performances, writing and publishing works for the piano, composing commissioned music, and providing accompanist services to local music educators. He is grateful for the opportunity provided by SAMA to encourage other pianists in their musical journeys and to help them more fully realize their own potential for greatness.
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Daniel Paquot,
B.A.

Daniel, born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, developed a passion for music when he began taking piano lessons at the age of 6. After about 8 years of playing and performing on the piano, he decided to pursue music professionally. In 2012, Daniel moved to San Antonio to attend the Baptist University of the Americas where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Mari Garza,
B.A.

Mari’s interest in music sprouted from her father who was a guitarist and a singer in Mexico. Her mother played the piano at a young age, so she decided to follow that same path when she played at a local music school where she would eventually teach years later. Mari decided to pursue piano professionally after graduating from United High School in Laredo, Texas.

Andi Tupponce,
B.M.

Andi graduated from Baylor University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy. She studied under Dr. Terry Lynn Hudson and Mrs. Jane Abbott-Kirk and recently spent two years in South Korea teaching English to 1st-6th grade students. Andi is currently a member of the Music Teachers National Association.

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Hannah Petersen,
B.A.

Hannah Petersen graduated from University of Incarnate Word in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Although born in Savannah, Georgia, Hannah considers Cibolo, Texas to be her hometown. She began taking piano lessons at eight years old, but she’s always been surrounded by music as her mother is a voice teacher at UIW.

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Leslie Suarez,
B.M.

Leslie has been teaching piano for over five years. Originally from Laredo, Texas, Leslie comes highly recommended from several music schools and the academies that she’s taught at. Her love piano started at the age of 8 years old when her grandpa taught her how to play Christmas music. When she attended Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts, her piano teacher, Dr. Carroll, inspired her to pursue the instrument professionally.

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Eric Young,
B.A.

Eric  began teaching piano as an undergraduate student at the recommendation of Professor Allen who felt that Eric would be a great teacher. He graduated from UT with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in piano and music theory. Eric held a position as Piano Instructor at the Greater Austin Music Academy where he taught both private lessons and group classes in addition to music theory.
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Maria Crystalia,
D.M.A.

Maria, a native of Medan, Indonesia studied under the direction of James Miltenberger at West Virginia University (WVU) where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. She went on to pursue her graduate degrees and received both a Master of Music in Piano Performance and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from West Virginia University.

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Corinne Spacagna, B.A.

Corinne “Coco” Spacagna graduated in 2018 from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s in Interpersonal Communication with a minor in Music. She’s been involved with various schools, organizations, churches, and competitions as a solo and collaborative pianist from 2011-2019.

VOICE INSTRUCTORS

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Sarah Miga, M.M.

Sarah Sirois Miga started singing at the age of 12. She began singing with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, which gave her the opportunity to perform with the San Antonio Symphony under the direction of Maestro Ken-David Masur, the San Antonio Master Singers under the direction of Dr. John Silantien, and the San Antonio Opera. Sarah graduated with her Master of Music in vocal performance and pedagogy from UTSA in May of 2019. She enjoys working with each student and finding the best ways for them to learn in an enjoyable environment.

Khadijah Jabbar,
B.M.

Khadijah attended the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance under the direction of Dr. Susan Olson. During her studies, she taught private voice lessons under the supervision of vocal pedagogy instructor John Nix.  She has also taught independently during summer seasons. Khadijah spent time as a camp counselor at the UTSA All-State Choir Camp for the past four years and was a camp counselor and assistant for UTSA’s Lyric Theatre Camp for two years.

GUITAR INSTRUCTORS

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Jake Ramirez,
M.M.

A San Antonio, TX native, Jake Ramirez began his musical journey in 2001 when he received an electric guitar as a gift. Jake currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University-San Marcos and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. A dedicated teacher, Jake has taught elementary-level group guitar classes at the UTSA Downtown String Project as well as college-level applied guitar and beginning guitar classes as a Lecturer at UTSA.

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Jacob Vallejo,
B.M.E.

In the fall of 2009, Jacob graduated from Palo Alto College with his Associates in Music. Around this time Jacob began sharing his love for the guitar at Kazen Middle school where he served as a guitar instructor. Shortly, thereafter in January 2010, he started teaching at San Antonio Music Academy (SAMA). Alongside teaching, he continued his formal education at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where he eventually earned his Bachelors in Music Education.

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Randy Naranjo,
M.S.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas Randy started playing guitar at age 14. He attended Del Mar College where he studied with Classical Guitarist Philip Hii, Jazz Guitarists Chester Rupe and Keith Justus. Randy continued his music education at Texas State University under the instruction of Mark Cruz, Morris Nelms and Dr. James Polk. While at Texas State University, Randy had the opportunity to share the stage with great jazz musicians such as Pete Christlieb, Dr. Stephen Hawk and Wes Anderson.

Jonathan Curtis,
M.M.

Jonathan most recently held a position as the Professor of Guitar Studies at Central Texas College in Killeen, TX. He has also previously worked for Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK. Jonathan received a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Oklahoma and a Master of Music degree from Oklahoma City University. He has performed with artists such as the Romero Guitar Quartet in notable concerts in Oklahoma City and in Dallas.

VIOLIN INSTRUCTOR

Isai Trejo, B. A.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Isai was handed a violin by his father at the age of nine and never looked back. Learning by imitating his brother and sketching out songs of his father, Isai independently studied classical, fiddle, pop, Mexican music, and improvisational techniques.

DRUM INSTRUCTORS

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Alfredo Velasquez

Alfredo Velasquez was born in Colorado Springs. At age 4 he moved to Mexico City where he started music lessons with Cesar Tort, a renown teacher in Mexico. He studied music at the National School of Music where he took piano lessons from 7 to 15 years old, at which point he started learning drums. He quickly fell in love with drums and decided to pursue it professionally. Throughout the years he’s continued to study piano and orchestral percussion.

ADMINISTRATION

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Roland Guerrero, B.A.

Executive Director

Roland Guerrero began learning music at the young age of nine years old. Roland attended a Catholic school where guitar instruction was offered to give its students an opportunity to participate in the church choir. Throughout middle and high school, he performed in the school bands while taking private guitar lessons. In high school, he was the percussion section leader and played mallet instruments.

Sean Aldrete, B.A.

Office Manager

Sean has been living in San Antonio since 2014. He attended University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2017. Throughout middle school and high school, Sean played in the percussion section of the school band, performing bass drum in the drumline as well as drum set in the jazz band.

Korbin Priest, B.A.

Administrator

Korbin was born in Dallas, Texas but lived overseas from ages 3-18 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and Doha, Qatar. Her passion for learning about human behavior is what drove her to pursue her bachelor’s degree in psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She has recently picked back up piano and voice and hopes to encourage the love of music with the students at SAMA.

Lilly Schnieders, A.A.

Administrator

Lillian has an Associate in Music from San Antonio College (SAC) and is currently attending the University of Texas at San Antonio to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in Business. She plans to open her own tutoring institution one day. Aside from spending most of her time in the choir room and fine arts building while at MacArthur High School, Lillian was a voice major at SAC.

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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