Piano Lessons in San Antonio For Adults & Kids2024-01-22T12:27:22-06:00

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Piano lessons in San Antonio can start as early as age 2. A piano is the best instrument for beginners as it visually and physically lays out concepts foundational to the study of music. If you learn the piano, its knowledge can easily be transferred onto other instruments, strengthening a student’s understanding of any instrument as well as music theory.

At MACSA, we have all sorts of students from those who want to play ‘just for fun’ as well as students who want to pursue the piano professionally. We teach young kids as well as mature adults. Our teaching style changes based on the student and their specific goals. There is something for everyone here!

Our one-on-one piano lessons help teachers focus on the individual learning style of each student. It also gives students more freedom to become familiar with the type of music they enjoy most. With dedicated expert piano instructors and individual lessons, MACSA has created the best way to learn piano for all ages.

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Why Choose MACSA

The Best Group of Piano Teachers
We have a diverse, talented, and highly trained group of teachers with a passion for opening the hearts and minds of students to great music. Our piano faculty includes the best group of pre-college piano teachers in Texas. We keep getting better by learning from and challenging each other!

Classes Anywhere at Anytime
Piano lessons can be scheduled at a time convenient for you. Piano teachers have state of the art equipment that make online lessons a breeze. If you decide to come for an in-person lesson you will be taught on one of MACSA’s 23 grand pianos in a professional lesson studio. Great teachers and great equipment mean great results for our students!

Personalized Lessons
Different students have different needs. Not everyone learns the same way or comes from a similar musical background. Our lessons are specifically tailored to a student’s needs, musical taste, and goals. Need a piano lesson in Spanish, Japanese, French, Ukranian, or Italian? We have teachers who can teach in the language of your choice!

Our Teaching Style

Piano Lessons For Kids
As our Founder, CEO and master piano teacher, Kenneth Thompson says “The First Teacher is the most Important Teacher!” Your child’s first piano teacher needs to bond with them and nurture their love of piano and music. Once they are ready for a more advanced teacher they need to help place them with the piano teacher most likely to continue to develop their love of music. Introducing piano lessons to your children is one of the best things you can do for them! There are countless studies that prove the value of learning music for young children. We offer piano lessons in San Antonio for children as young as 26 months and up. They can be beginners, at an intermediate level, advanced learners, or pre-professional level students.
We offer preschool beginner piano lessons and private lessons all year round.
We cultivate musical passion and encourage our students to perform to gain more experience and confidence. MACSA hosts student performances, festivals and competitions to inspire and motivate our students. MACSA’s Music Fest gives students of ALL levels a chance to perform at the famous Tobin Center for Arts in San Antonio.
While it is very important to learn proper piano technique, it is also important for students to have fun during their piano lessons. Our trained piano teachers strive to make classes enjoyable and educational for all their students.

Piano Lessons For Adults
Many adult piano students studied as children and regret ending lessons. Some have always dreamed of playing the piano and are now ready to start. More and more adults are finding how much they enjoy piano lessons with experienced piano teachers. Adults have different draws on their time and energy yet with the right piano teacher you will find you can learn faster than ever before.

MACSA Piano Teachers are available for online and in-person piano lessons from morning through late in the evening. There is a teacher and time that is right for you!

While learning piano has no age limit, most adults with no prior piano experience have to train their bodies to think and move differently. When you’re older, this may take a little longer but no fear, MACSA will get you there. 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. More adults are taking lessons now than ever before so don’t put it off any longer!

How It Works

Step 1

Get In Touch
Fill out our form here or call us at (210) 361-8531 and our placement staff will get back to you in 24-48 hours. We will discuss the benefits of each available piano teacher and decide what teacher will work best for you.

We’ll then match you with one or more piano instructors that suits your needs and help you schedule your initial lesson. If you have taken piano lessons before or trained on your own, please inform our placement staff of what level you have achieved and where you think you are now so that we can make a more effective piano teacher match for you.

Step 2

First Meet and Greet
For the first lesson, the piano instructor and student will get to learn about each other to see if their learning and teaching styles are compatible. If they are not, our placement staff is happy to find you a piano teacher better suited to your needs.

Step 3

Ongoing Lessons & Performances
If you are happy with your piano teacher match, your instructor will work with you to create a weekly practice schedule. They will assign practice tasks to complete at your home. For best results for beginning and intermediate piano lessons, we recommend consistent weekly lessons 30-45 minutes long. If you are more advanced you will get best results from piano lessons of 60 to 120 minutes in length each week.

If you are the parent of a student, we will check in with you regularly to keep you up to date on your child’s progress.

We frequently host student performances to motivate our piano students and to get them accustomed to performing in front of a live audience. Performances are scheduled frequently throughout the year!

What Our Clients Are Saying

Years ago when we moved back to San Antonio we hoped and prayed to get Ken Thompson as piano teacher for my children. It worked out! He was EXCELLENT, and he was an inspiration to them in music. Now he trains and manages a whole group of fine teachers. I highly recommend his group at MACSA!
John Willing
Our children loved going to visit Miss Brenda each week for piano lessons! We could tell they were having fun when they told us stories about all the games and activities they played in class, alongside learning the fundamentals of keyboard technique at an early age. I appreciated the thorough notes she provided to me each week, which gave me tips on how to reinforce concepts at home. Brenda Boyd is a joy to work with!
Nathan Cone
Mrs. Sharon is an amazing music teacher. She has taught me everything I know about music today. I have learned piano from her for the last seven years and it has been worth it. I will always recommend her as a piano teacher to everyone. She is really kind and always listens to me and encourages me even if I mess up my music piece. I appreciate all her hard work in teaching me.
Parth G.

FAQs

Preamble2023-08-09T09:39:11-06:00

At MACSA we know that progress in music takes time, energy and money whether you find a great teacher or a  misguided teacher.  Finding the best teacher for you or your child is a critical step in this search.  Find a great teacher and you or your child will reach their potential.  Find a misguided teacher and you may spend years of effort and get hardly anywhere at the instrument.  We have seen this too many times when students come to MACSA from the outside.  So please, if you do not come to MACSA, find a great teacher for you or your child.  Find someone who knows how to connect, inspire and motivate your child and also knows how to teach musical literacy and piano technique.  In that way they will have something that will last a lifetime. Something that no one can take away from them.

Why should I study music at MACSA?2023-08-09T09:43:13-06:00

While many community music academies offer music lessons, MACSA offers a synthesis of personal and relational music experiences that are unmatched in quality and engagement. MACSA provides the structure necessary for individual students to thrive in all stages of their musical journey. We help clients navigate the challenges of finding instructors, engaging with the musical community, and growing both musically and personally by providing a supportive network of passionate musicians.  We have many programs dedicated to increasing student motivation from the beginning to professional level.  We also continue to train our already highly credentialed teaching faculty so that they remain on the cutting edge of music education.  As a result of these efforts MACSA alumni have developed careers on the international concert stage, gone into competitive careers such as medicine and law (attending colleges such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, etc.), as well as enriched themselves and their communities through teaching and performing in places of worship and schools.  MACSA has developed a national reputation as a place to learn and a place to teach.

What is MACSA Famous for?2023-08-09T09:43:19-06:00

From a student and parent perspective MACSA is famous as a place full of excellent teachers who have successfully inspired and motivated students to achieve higher and higher levels including the international stage.  From a University and College perspective MACSA graduates are sought after as students in their programs.  Furthermore Colleges and Universities across the United States know that MACSA is one of the best places for their graduates to grow their careers as teachers.  From a teacher perspective MACSA is designed to be a place of continued growth and leadership development so that they can grow professionally and also bring out the best in their students.  MACSA is set up in a way that creates a synergy between students, teachers, and the wider musical community to promote our mutual growth.

What makes MACSA different?2023-08-09T09:43:24-06:00

Because MACSA puts so much energy and investment into teacher development MACSA teachers are on the cutting edge of piano teaching.  As a result many of MACSA’s Piano teachers are leaders in the field.  This results in an environment of inspiration, motivation and growth for MACSA students of all levels of engagement.

Why do people drive from as far away as Austin and Uvalde for piano lessons at MACSA?2023-08-09T09:53:13-06:00

For over two decades students have driven from all over South Texas for Piano Lessons at MACSA.  The reason for this is that once a parent sees the difference that a high quality piano teacher can make in the life and development of their child, the sacrifice of driving becomes worth the investment of time and energy.

Why is teacher placement important at MACSA?2023-08-09T09:43:34-06:00

All MACSA piano teachers are well trained and highly qualified.  They differ in their specific approach to teaching, what levels they are experts on, what intensity level they focus on and their personal temperaments.  The teacher placement process and the Meet and Greet experience help to increase the likelihood that you or your child will successfully engage with the teacher and reach their goals and potential.

What qualifications and experience do your piano teachers have?2023-08-09T09:43:38-06:00

As a group, MACSA has the most highly qualified and experienced piano faculty of any community music school in Texas.  Our faculty includes piano professors at every college and university in San Antonio.  Our beginning teachers are expert beginning teachers and our advanced piano teachers are some of the best in Texas and the United States.

We measure this with success in piano competitions, professional level performances, placement in the top music schools in the world (such at the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School of Music) and the worldwide success of MACSA Alumi on the concert stage. Currently MACSA teachers had (7) Doctorates (22) Masters Degrees and (37) Bachelors Degrees in music. 

Further, MACSA teachers continue to educate themselves to stay on the cutting edge of music education.  They do this by lecturing at conferences at the state and national levels, leadership in state and national music teacher’s associations and competitions, their own performances and continuing their education through the MACSA Professional Development Sessions.

Are there any performance opportunities for piano students?2023-08-14T10:01:44-06:00

MACSA has MANY (over 100) performance opportunities for students of all ages and levels of engagement throughout the year. Performances are important motivators for students. We have monthly Performance Club recitals, end of the semester recitals for each studio, Piano Festivals, Piano Competitions, masterclasses with internationally known performers, and performance events with internationally known composers. We also host the annual MACSA Honors Recital at the McNay Art Museum and MACSA Music Fest at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Each month during the school year MACSA hosts SOLI Saturdays which are open to students throughout San Antonio.

Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?2023-08-09T04:59:41-06:00

In order to succeed in piano lessons you need a place to practice regularly.  This can be an acoustic piano or a quality electronic keyboard.  If using an electronic keyboard it needs to have 88 keys with a weighted action and a sustain pedal.  We have helped MANY students connect with affordable options for pianos and electric keyboards.  Many beginning students choose to rent rather than buy a piano or keyboard to get started. Please ask us for advice. We would love to help you with this important question.

What are the fees or tuition rates for piano lessons?2023-08-09T04:59:49-06:00

Tuition rates depend on the teacher’s tuition level,  length of lesson and whether or not the student is on our traditional monthly payment plan or on our coaching payment plan. Please reach out to MACSA for more specific information.

What is your policy for ending piano lessons?2023-08-09T04:59:56-06:00

Students on the traditional monthly payment plan must give a two lesson advance notice to end piano lessons.  We are sorry to see you go! Lesson payments cannot be refunded. 

What teaching methods or curriculum do you follow for piano lessons?2023-08-09T05:00:03-06:00

Our piano lessons incorporate a variety of teaching methods and curricula, tailored to the individual needs and goals of each student.  For example, teachers may use Faber Piano Adventures, Alfred, Suzuki or other internationally recognized methods for beginners.  All students will learn technique, theory, and music history as part of their lessons. 

My child is serious about piano lessons. Does MACSA have a track record for students serious about piano performance?2023-08-09T05:00:09-06:00

Yes!  This is one of the ways that MACSA is set apart from other community music schools and private piano instructors.  MACSA Piano students have won top prizes in ALL piano Texas competitions over the last 25 years too many times to count, hundreds of our piano students have performed in Carnegie Hall in New York, performed over 50 times as concerto soloists with the San Antonio Symphony at both the Majestic Theater and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, been featured multiple times on performance and interviews on Texas Public Radio and performed four times on National Public Radio’s Showcase of the best classical performers in America “From the Top”.  

Additionally – MACSA students have been accepted and received BM, MM and DMA degrees from the top music schools in the world including the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, etc.  Many MACSA Alumni are now performing all over the world and are bringing music to a new generation through professorships at major universities such as the Northwestern School of Music. 

Link to Ellen Foreman Recital and Interview on TPR

Link to Ellen Foreman “From the Top”

https://fromthetop.org/musician/ellen-foreman/

Link to Thomas Steigerwald “From the Top” 

https://fromthetop.org/update-from-alum-thomas-steigerwald/

Can I choose the instructor for my piano lessons?2023-08-09T05:00:16-06:00

Yes!  Successful student and piano teacher matching is a core value at MACSA!   It is important to not only have an effective and knowledgeable teacher, they must also be able to connect with the student on a personal level to inspire and motivate them.  We strive to match the right student with the right teacher at the right time.  Click this link for information on all MACSA Piano Teachers  https://www.sanantoniomusicschools.com/programs/san-antonio-piano-lessons/.  

If you see someone you would like to have lessons with, simply mention this on MACSA’s “Interested in Lessons” form here https://www.sanantoniomusicschools.com/interested-in-lessons/

Are the piano lessons offered in group settings or one-on-one?2023-08-09T05:00:21-06:00

We primarily offer private one-on-one lessons.  

What is the difference between piano lessons and coachings?2023-08-09T05:00:28-06:00

Typically lessons occur on a regular and continuous basis throughout the year.  Students in lessons make continuous progress under the guidance of their primary teacher.  Most students who are school aged attend regular weekly lessons. Coachings are best for adult students of all levels and advanced students preparing for auditions, performances and competitions.  Coachings are scheduled at the mutual convenience of the student and teacher and can take place on a varied schedule including several times a week, every two weeks, monthly or yearly. Coaching students are looking for expert advice to prepare for a performance, require a very flexible schedule or both. 

How frequently are the piano lessons held?2023-08-09T05:00:40-06:00

Most piano lessons are held each week except during scheduled MACSA vacations.  Some students take more than one piano lesson per week while others sign up for our coaching sessions which are scheduled at the mutual convenience of the student and teacher.

How long are the piano lessons?2023-08-09T05:00:48-06:00

Our piano lessons typically range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes. The lesson length can be customized based on your preferences and level of engagement. For example, advanced students involved in piano competitions sometimes take 90 minute lessons, while beginning students usually start with 30 minute lessons.

Do I need any prior experience or knowledge to take piano lessons?2023-08-09T05:00:55-06:00

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

What age groups do you cater to for piano lessons?2023-08-09T05:01:03-06:00

We cater to students of all age groups, from young children (age 2) to adults. Our piano lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each age group and customized to the needs of each student.

What is the process for enrolling in piano lessons?2023-08-09T05:01:11-06:00

To enroll in piano lessons contact us by phone, or visit our website to fill out an Interested in Lessons form. You will then be contacted by MACSA’s Placement Director and they will begin the process of matching you or your child with piano teachers that match your goals and needs.  You will then set up Meet and Greets with potential piano teachers to make the final decisions on a good match before you begin piano lessons. 

Can I participate in piano exams or competitions through your program?2023-08-09T05:01:18-06:00

MACSA is a leader in preparing piano students for piano exams such as Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Piano Guild, etc.  MACSA is also a leader in preparing students for competitions from the local to international level.  Many of MACSA’s piano teachers are active competition judges, have run major competitions, and lecture on how to best prepare for high pressure performance situations such as competitions and auditions.  MACSA also has a series of its own performance events only available to MACSA students such as MACSA Performance Club, the MACSA Honors Recital at the McNay Museum of Art, MACSA Music Fest at the Tobin Center, the MACSA Achievement Awards and more.

What can I expect in my first lesson?2020-10-01T05:39:22-06:00

MACSA has a proven placement process that pairs you up with a teacher that would best help you reach your musical goals.  Because each student is different and each teacher is different the first lesson will also vary. Generally, there is a little bit of familiarization between the student and teacher to get to know each other, the students’ level of musical ability, and how the teacher runs music lessons.

Do I have to have my own piano?2020-10-01T05:39:32-06:00

No.  There are several piano vendors around town who offer rental and rent-to-own programs for those who are taking piano lessons. Some Teachers accept piano students who own a keyboard, but having your own piano is ideal.  MACSA can refer you to local vendors that have rental programs. However, you are free to choose any vendor you like.

How Often Should I Have Lessons?2020-10-01T05:39:57-06:00

The real problem in learning to play a new instrument or how to sing is the information attrition rate. You lose your new skills very quickly once you stop practicing. The best recommendation is to take one lesson each week.

How do I get started with piano lessons?2020-10-01T05:40:14-06:00

We’d love to have you in for a lesson. Please give us a call (210) 697-7111 or fill out this lessons form online. Click here.

I have an audition/performance or competition coming up, can I sign up for lessons to get ready?2023-08-09T09:43:51-06:00

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

I am interested in teaching piano at MACSA. What benefits do you offer?2023-08-09T09:43:59-06:00

MACSA is the best option for piano teachers who want to continue to grow as teachers both in professional skills and size of teaching studio.  All MACSA teachers are employees rather than independent contractors which allows the organization to fully support you and the growth of your studio.  We provide grand pianos in every piano studio, continued career development and education, a stipend to repay membership in professional teacher organizations, opportunities to be part of our administrative team while also growing your studio, Apple iPads or Macbooks for online lessons, an exciting environment that motivates students and teachers toward growth, a 401K plan and for our full time teachers full payment of Tier 1 of our Health Insurance offerings.  

What kind of facilities do you have at MACSA for piano lessons?2023-08-09T09:44:04-06:00

MACSA has facilities that rival those of a college or university music school.  With our two locations we have over 10,000 square feet of space, 34 sound proofed teaching studios, grand pianos in each piano studio (# total), a recital hall, and numerous additional upright and digital pianos.  For online lessons we provide both enterprise level Wifi and ethernet as well as Apple iPads, MacBooks, cameras and microphones for our piano teachers.

I am an adult piano student, do you have piano lessons for adults?2023-08-09T09:44:08-06:00

Yes!  We welcome adult students at MACSA!  We have over one hundred adults studying with our teachers each week.  Adults can participate in all MACSA performance, festival and competition events.  We even have special informal performance meetings for adult students where you can try out the music you are working on in a supportive atmosphere with other adult students.  

Does MACSA offer piano lessons in the summer?2023-08-09T09:44:18-06:00

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

Can I learn to play a specific genre or style of music, such as classical, jazz, or pop?2023-08-09T09:44:22-06:00

Yes, you can learn to play a specific genre or style of music during your piano lessons. Our instructors have expertise in various genres.  We have found that for all genres, including jazz and pop, it is still important to learn the basics of music reading and music theory. As a result all piano students will be encouraged to become musically literate.  Musical literacy gives the student the ability to learn on their own and make music for a lifetime.

How long does it typically take to progress from beginner to an advanced level in piano playing?2023-08-09T09:44:31-06:00

The time it takes to progress from beginner to an advanced level in piano playing varies for each student. It depends on factors such as practice consistency, natural aptitude, and the amount of effort invested.  These are elements that the student and parent bring to the equation.  What MACSA offers those who want to progress to advanced level are expert teacher-leaders who show you the best and most engaging path towards success at the advanced level.  Students who seek to grow must have consistent practice, follow the directions of their teacher and be shown a clear path forward.  MACSA teachers have shown again and again an ability to bring students to the advanced level where they continue to thrive.

What is your policy on parental involvement during piano lessons?2023-08-09T09:44:37-06:00

Parental involvement makes a major impact on student success.  As such we encourage parental involvement, especially for younger students. For students age 13 and under we strongly encourage parents to be in the teaching room to better understand how to help their child succeed.  For very young students parents must attend the lesson or remain in the building to help with the young child as needed. 

Do you offer online piano lessons?2023-08-09T09:44:43-06:00

Yes, we offer online piano lessons for those who prefer remote learning or are unable to attend in-person sessions. Our online lessons provide the same level of instruction and interaction as our in-person lessons.  Some piano students do elect to mix in-person and online lessons depending on their week to week convenience. 

Can I switch piano instructors if needed?2023-08-09T09:44:48-06:00

We encourage you to stay with your piano teacher once lessons have started.  Many times changes in teaching style and/or goals can be accommodated with the same teacher.  This helps to create continuity for the student.  It is best for you to address concerns about teaching style and goals directly with your teacher before reaching out to MACSA.  We have often found that clear communication directly between the parents and the teacher resolves these issues.  If you reach out to MACSA asking about a potential teacher change we will reach out to the current teacher to see if we can resolve the issue.  If the student still desires to change we will then begin the teacher transfer process.

How do I schedule and manage my piano lesson appointments?2023-08-09T09:44:56-06:00

Piano lessons are usually at the same time and day each week on our traditional monthly plan.  Coaching students schedule their lessons at the mutual convenience of themselves and their teacher.  MACSA teachers are in charge of their own schedules.  If a student needs to cancel a lesson or change lesson times please communicate directly with your teacher.

Get In Touch

If you’re based in San Antonio and looking for in-person piano lessons near you, look no further! We have the best facility in San Antonio for in-person lessons with over 23 grand pianos for piano lessons. We have students throughout the United States working through our online platform. MACSA has invested in state of the art equipment for online piano lessons. And most of our student performances, music festivals, competitions and recitals are offered online as well as in-person. You can have a complete and results driven piano lesson experience from MACSA all online from anywhere in the world. Our skilled piano teachers are here for you, every step of the way. Book your piano lessons today.

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