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Our Music Programs


Designed for the younger beginner (ages 33 months-5 years), preschool beginner piano lessons establish a firm foundation in the basics of music and introduction to piano. Through song, dance, movement, and more, students learn technique, theory, and ear training skills necessary for the budding pianist. Individual lessons are offered year round and small group classes are offered periodically, usually in the summer.


It’s never too late to start! We offer beginner to pre-professional lessons by some of the best music teachers in Texas. In this age group, we have noticed that our students usually have a newfound passion for music and are seriously interested in pursuing it. We help to cultivate that passion and push our students into performance opportunities to gain more experience and confidence. All our lessons are suitable for youth learners.


We are excited to work with adult learners. We understand it can be challenging to learn a new instrument or take up a new hobby at a later age. Fear no more — our patient and encouraging teachers will inspire you to get the most out of your time and energy in lessons. We will work at whatever pace you prefer to achieve your goals. Beginner or advanced, you will be delighted with what you can achieve with the right teacher.

Our Music Programs

Our experienced piano faculty are known to be the best set of piano instructors in Texas. We have students that drive to San Antonio from Austin, Uvalde, Laredo and towns between just to study with MACSA, Inc piano teachers.


Piano Lessons - MACSA


Singing/Voice Lessons - MACSA

Our voice faculty are classical trained with significant musical theater experience. Classical vocal technique is the basis for our lessons, but we also offer training for students interested in pop and contemporary styles.

Our string faculty offer excellent instruction in violin, viola, and cello. Private lessons are ideal for students looking to explore solo repertoire as well as those looking to improve their orchestral playing skills.


Violin Lessons - MACSA


Guitar Lessons at MACSA

Our guitar faculty can help you master acoustic, electric, or bass guitar. Come accomplish your goals with private lessons catered to your learning style and musical interests.

It’s never too early to start music lessons! Our faculty offer lessons for preschool students (33 months – five years) that establish an excellent foundation for the future.


Pre K Music Lessons


By The Numbers

Years of music lessons in San Antonio
Music teachers in San Antonio
Student performances on NPR’s “From The Top”
Hundreds of thousands of lessons taught
Awards won by students from the local to national levels

Degrees in music held by teachers

Bachelor of Music


Piano Parent Podcast 331


Origins of MACSA

The Origins of MACSA

Teaching Methods with Ken Thompson

Teaching Methods



At MACSA we know that progress in music takes time, energy and money whether you find a great teacher or... Read More

Why should I study music at MACSA?

While many community music academies offer music lessons, MACSA offers a synthesis of personal and relational music experiences that are... Read More

What is MACSA Famous for?

From a student and parent perspective MACSA is famous as a place full of excellent teachers who have successfully inspired... Read More

What makes MACSA different?

Because MACSA puts so much energy and investment into teacher development MACSA teachers are on the cutting edge of piano... Read More

Why do people drive from as far away as Austin and Uvalde for piano lessons at MACSA?

For over two decades students have driven from all over South Texas for Piano Lessons at MACSA.  The reason for... Read More

Why is teacher placement important at MACSA?

All MACSA piano teachers are well trained and highly qualified.  They differ in their specific approach to teaching, what levels... Read More

What qualifications and experience do your piano teachers have?

As a group, MACSA has the most highly qualified and experienced piano faculty of any community music school in Texas. ... Read More

Are there any performance opportunities for piano students?

MACSA has MANY (over 100) performance opportunities for students of all ages and levels of engagement throughout the year. Performances... Read More

Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?

In order to succeed in piano lessons you need a place to practice regularly.  This can be an acoustic piano... Read More

What are the fees or tuition rates for piano lessons?

Tuition rates depend on the teacher's tuition level,  length of lesson and whether or not the student is on our... Read More

What is your policy for ending piano lessons?

Students on the traditional monthly payment plan must give a two lesson advance notice to end piano lessons.  We are... Read More

What teaching methods or curriculum do you follow for piano lessons?

Our piano lessons incorporate a variety of teaching methods and curricula, tailored to the individual needs and goals of each... Read More

My child is serious about piano lessons. Does MACSA have a track record for students serious about piano performance?

Yes!  This is one of the ways that MACSA is set apart from other community music schools and private piano... Read More

Can I choose the instructor for my piano lessons?

Yes!  Successful student and piano teacher matching is a core value at MACSA!   It is important to not only... Read More

Are the piano lessons offered in group settings or one-on-one?

We primarily offer private one-on-one lessons.   Read More

What is the difference between piano lessons and coachings?

Typically lessons occur on a regular and continuous basis throughout the year.  Students in lessons make continuous progress under the... Read More

How frequently are the piano lessons held?

Most piano lessons are held each week except during scheduled MACSA vacations.  Some students take more than one piano lesson... Read More

How long are the piano lessons?

Our piano lessons typically range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. The lesson length can be customized based on your... Read More

Do I need any prior experience or knowledge to take piano lessons?

No prior experience or knowledge is required to take piano lessons. We welcome students of all skill levels, including beginners... Read More

What age groups do you cater to for piano lessons?

We cater to students of all age groups, from young children (age 2) to adults. Our piano lessons are tailored... Read More

What is the process for enrolling in piano lessons?

To enroll in piano lessons contact us by phone, or visit our website to fill out an Interested in Lessons... Read More

Can I participate in piano exams or competitions through your program?

MACSA is a leader in preparing piano students for piano exams such as Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Piano Guild,... Read More

When do you pay for a music lesson?

Tuition is due on the first day of the month. For new students, the cost of the first months lessons... Read More

What can I expect in my first lesson?

MACSA has a proven placement process that pairs you up with a teacher that would best help you reach your... Read More

Where can I find the instrument for my student’s lessons?

MACSA is proud to have relationships with local musical instrument vendors in the San Antonio area.  We can refer you... Read More

Do I have to have my own piano?

No.  There are several piano vendors around town who offer rental and rent-to-own programs for those who are taking piano... Read More

Do I need to own my own instrument?

No, you can also rent your instrument. In order to practice, having access to your own instrument is important. We... Read More

My question about music lessons is not listed here. Where can I go for answers?

If our site doesn't answer all your questions, please call us directly at (210) 697-7111 or email us on our... Read More

How Often Should I Have Lessons?

The real problem in learning to play a new instrument or how to sing is the information attrition rate. You... Read More

What should I bring to my music lesson?

Pen/pencil Notebook  Your Music  Bottle of water (Optional, but especially for voice lessons) Read More

How To Prepare For Your Voice Lesson?

Teachers will provide specific instructions on do’s and don’ts for your lessons.  Teachers will also provide warm-up exercises that should... Read More

What To Wear For Your Singing Lessons

Comfortable clothing is fine for music lessons. Read More

How do I get started with piano lessons?

We'd love to have you in for a lesson. Please give us a call (210) 697-7111 or fill out this... Read More

Does MACSA offer coaching lessons?

Yes, MACSA does offer coaching lessons in addition to regular weekly music lessons. So if you are preparing for a... Read More

What if there are 5 weeks in a month, am I charged extra?

No. Tuition is not based on any certain number of lessons per month, rather it is based on 46 lessons... Read More

Are music lessons paid for monthly?

Yes, weekly lessons are paid for on a month to month basis at MACSA.  No student is under any kind... Read More

How are music lessons paid for?

We accept cash, checks, credit cards for monthly payments.  For your convenience, we also offer automatic payments with credit cards... Read More

What are your music lesson cancellation policies?

If you cancel your lesson giving us at least a 24 hour advance notice, you are entitled to a make... Read More

What is a good time for music lessons?

We seem to always be able to offer a time that makes our students happy. We are open 7 days... Read More

How should parents be kept informed about their child’s music lessons?

In the case of a younger student, the parents are involved in the process of determining the path for the... Read More

What ages are appropriate for music lessons?

We teach both adults and children from ages 26 months and up. We teach all levels from beginning to advanced.... Read More

What qualifications should a music teacher have?

At MACSA, all of our 39 teachers at least have a Bachelor’s Degree in performance or music. 25 of our... Read More

What styles of music are taught in a music lesson?

We have over 39 highly dedicated, experienced, and qualified teachers that are accomplished in classical, jazz, folk, rock, country, blues,... Read More

What should be taught in a piano lesson?

This question is often asked by prospective students, and the answer varies for each individual. Our teachers make it a... Read More

How long are music lessons?

Beginning students of all ages can enroll in 30 or 45-minute lessons. As students progress, the length of their lesson... Read More

Should I plan on participating in the lessons?

In our experience, we have found that parental involvement is key to student success regardless of the teaching method. We... Read More

How do I choose the teaching method that is best for my child?

Don't worry, you don't need to be an expert in music education to get the most out of your lessons!... Read More

How much do lessons cost?

The cost for music lessons varies per teacher, lesson type, and skill level. Teachers at MACSA have a monthly rate... Read More

Can adults take music lessons?

Absolutely! Our teachers are experienced with students of all ages. We have more than 100 adult students who take lessons... Read More

What is a good age to start lessons?

MACSA has music teachers that begin teaching music lessons for kids as young as 26 months, specifically for children's piano... Read More

I have an audition/performance or competition coming up, can I sign up for lessons to get ready?

Yes!  Sign up for one or more coaching sessions with some of the top piano teachers in Texas! Read More

I am interested in teaching piano at MACSA. What benefits do you offer?

MACSA is the best option for piano teachers who want to continue to grow as teachers both in professional skills... Read More

What kind of facilities do you have at MACSA for piano lessons?

MACSA has facilities that rival those of a college or university music school.  With our two locations we have over... Read More

I am an adult piano student, do you have piano lessons for adults?

Yes!  We welcome adult students at MACSA!  We have over one hundred adults studying with our teachers each week.  Adults... Read More

Does MACSA offer piano lessons in the summer?

MACSA offers piano lessons throughout the entire year including the summer. Read More

Can I learn to play a specific genre or style of music, such as classical, jazz, or pop?

Yes, you can learn to play a specific genre or style of music during your piano lessons. Our instructors have... Read More

Can I choose the duration and frequency of piano lessons?

Lessons on MACSA’s Traditional monthly plan are once per week (except when we are closed for breaks) and last 30,... Read More

How long does it typically take to progress from beginner to an advanced level in piano playing?

The time it takes to progress from beginner to an advanced level in piano playing varies for each student. It... Read More

What is your policy on parental involvement during piano lessons?

Parental involvement makes a major impact on student success.  As such we encourage parental involvement, especially for younger students. For... Read More

Do you offer online piano lessons?

Yes, we offer online piano lessons for those who prefer remote learning or are unable to attend in-person sessions. Our... Read More

Can I switch piano instructors if needed?

We encourage you to stay with your piano teacher once lessons have started.  Many times changes in teaching style and/or... Read More

How do I schedule and manage my piano lesson appointments?

Piano lessons are usually at the same time and day each week on our traditional monthly plan.  Coaching students schedule... Read More