Victoria Vela

North West

Ages 3 and up, Preschool – Advanced

Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance, University of Texas San Antonio
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Texas San Antonio
Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Texas San Antonio

Teaching Philosophy

My priority for teaching is to teach to student’s strengths and interests. I utilize a variety of engaging activities to make learning fun for students, while still striving to develop excellence and mastery of the instrument.

Students will work on:

– Building a strong foundation of technique.

– Gaining proficiency in music theory.

– Cultivating creativity and artistry.

– Developing metacognitive skills and independence in learning.

– Learning proper stage presence.

I provide students with the opportunity to pursue many different performance opportunities. Students are invited to perform at three studio recitals every year. I also encourage students to participate in competitive events at the regional, state, and international levels. My students have been invited to perform at a variety of venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York City.

I also specialize in adaptive piano lessons for students with a wide spectrum of needs. My research background has lead me to develop a unique method of teaching to suit the needs of my students so they learn at a comfortable pace, while still having fun and developing essential skills necessary for a future of music making.


I grew up in San Antonio, Texas. I began studying piano at 5 years old. As a student, I developed a love for piano and decided to pursue a career in music. Through my experiences as a student, I learned that I wanted to be the kind of instructor who provides a safe and supportive learning environment for my students, no matter their level of dedication.

I started teaching private piano lessons in 2007 and managed my own private studio for 5 years. During my time as an undergraduate student, I worked as a research assistant at the Research Imaging Institute at the UT Health Science Center, studying music cognition. In 2017 I was awarded Musical Arts Center of San Antonio Award for Excellence in Piano Pedagogy.

My research led me to develop methods for accommodating many different students, including students with ADD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Autism, etc. For my master’s thesis examined how piano students learn to practice efficiently, and the process through which they develop practice strategies as they grow.

When I am not in the studio I enjoy cooking, fine dining, reading, fitness, and playing with my dogs Lucy and Ben.