Mari Garza, B.A.
Piano Instructor

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. As a child, Mari lived in Baja California, Cumming, Georgia, and later Laredo, Texas which she considers her “home town.” Mari decided to pursue piano professionally after graduating from United High School in Laredo, Texas.

Mari started teaching piano at the age of fifteen as a freelance private instructor. She got hired at a music school in Laredo, Texas at the age of sixteen to professionally teach piano lessons and has been teaching ever since. In her free time, Mari enjoys reading, painting, yoga, and learning new recipes. She also considers herself the world’s worst dancer but loves to dance! Ms. Garza is also bilingual and is trying to become fluent in French.

Ms. Garza attended Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas where she was classically trained under the instruction of Dr. Friedrich Gechter for five years. Mari graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary studies with concentrations in Communications, Music Performance, and Psychology.

Awards and Certifications:

National Guild of Piano Teachers

CPR Certified

Tricia Diaz Carrion

My son loves Ms. Michelle... She's an awesome piano/organ teacher!

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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.

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Aimee Tigar

Great place, totally recommend it.

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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.

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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.

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Kelly Walden

Mark is excellent with our autistic son who recently began piano lessons at the Music Academy. Very patient and kind instructor. Highly recommended.

Kelly Walden / parent
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