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Piano Lessons for All Skill Levels in San Antonio, TX

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At MACSA, Inc, we offer private piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. Our instructors are top-notch and hold degrees from some of the most prestigious music schools in the country. You can be assured that you will receive the best musical training in the state of Texas. Contact us to get started today!

Our Piano Lesson Programs

In-Studio Piano Lessons

Take lessons in-person to immerse yourself in all that MACSA, Inc has to offer! Our two locations feature state-of-the-art studios with 27 beautiful grand pianos. In-person lessons are recommended whenever possible in order to receive the most thorough and well-rounded musical education.

Online Piano Lessons

Not able to take lessons in person? Many of our instructors offer online lessons! This is a great option if you live too far from one of our locations or simply want the ease of taking a lesson from your own home.

How It Works

Step 1: Get in Touch

Reach out to us to get started. We’ll discuss your piano goals and skill level. Once we’re done, our placement staff will match you with a piano instructor that suits your needs.

Step 2: Schedule a Meet & Greet

MACSA, Inc’s Meet & Greets allow students an opportunity to get to know their potential teacher. In addition, students are encouraged to meet with as many teachers as necessary in order to find the right fit. During this time, you will get to learn about each other to assess if your learning and teaching styles are compatible.

Step 3: Beginning Your Lessons

You and your teacher will determine a regular lesson time and, together, create weekly expectations so that you get the most out of your lessons.

Step 4: Performances

We regularly host student performances throughout the year to give our piano students the confidence of performing in front of a live audience.

Why Choose Us?

At Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Inc., we’re dedicated to bringing your passion to life with comprehensive music lessons. We have highly trained and talented instructors who are excited to help you achieve your piano-playing goals. Our state-of-the-art equipment makes both online and in-studio lessons a breeze.

As a reputable musical program, we understand that each of our students has different needs. This is why we tailor our lessons depending on our student’s needs, goals, and musical tastes. We have music teachers that can teach in the language of your choice — whether it’s French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, or Ukrainian.

Piano Lessons Near Me: Work with Highly Experienced Piano Teachers

Need San Antonio piano lessons? Look no further than the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Inc. From kids’ piano lessons to adult piano lessons, we’ve got you covered. Let us help you improve your piano playing skills. Get in touch to learn more.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Art Museum, MACSA Music Fest at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, the MACSA Achievement Awards and more.

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 Chief Placement Officer 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.

MACSA has parents and students facing a wide range of needs.  Some must have a particular time and day or lessons are not possible.  Some must be in a certain radius of one of our locations.  Others have decided they must study with a particular piano teacher and will make arrangements in their schedules to do whatever it takes to be in that particular teacher’s studio.

At MACSA we feel that matching the right teacher with the right student at the right time is critical to success.  Our free teacher Meet and Greets allow you and allows the potential teacher to interact with your child to be sure we have a great match before lessons begin.  Once you communicate with MACSA Chief Placement Officer potential teachers will reach out to you to schedule free Meet and Greet sessions.  You can meet with potential teachers until you find the right match for you or your child.

The first teacher sets the stage for the future.

As with anything, first impressions are critical.  This is particularly true with children.  The first teacher must engage with the child in a way that they are excited to walk in the door for their lessons each week.  If the child grows to love music and lessons and then develops good practice habits they are on their way to a lifetime of music.  If the first teacher is not able to connect with the child it is possible that they will reject music lessons, thinking that music lessons themselves are to blame, when really it was a problem with teacher/student matching. 

For example: Have a great first math teacher and you will enjoy math, believe you can do math, and feel that math is something you have always been good at.  Have a disengaged or weak first math teacher and you will lack confidence in math,  feel that it is not for you, and that you are lagging behind everyone else.  The same is true in music.  It is worth the investment of time and effort to find a great first teacher.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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”


Link to Thomas Steigerwald “From the Top” 


We primarily offer private one-on-one lessons.

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/.

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.

At MACSA we feel that the match between the student and teacher is critical to the success of the student.  As such we offer free ‘Meet and Greets’ with potential teachers to help students and parents make the final decision on which teacher they will study with.

We understand that scheduling conflicts may arise. Students are expected to be at their scheduled lessons on time.  We allow two make up lessons per year on our traditional monthly payment plan with at least 24 hours advance notice.

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.

You may cancel twice a year up to 48 hours in advance and have that lesson made up at the mutual convenience of both you and your teacher.  Please reach out as soon as you know you will need to cancel your piano lesson.

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.

Students will need to purchase their own music books and other tools common to music lessons. Our instructors will guide you on recommended books and materials.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lessons on MACSA’s Traditional monthly plan are once per week (except when we are closed for breaks) and last 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.  Students needing flexibility on times and frequency (for example an adult student seeking lessons once or twice a month) should sign up for our coaching lessons which are scheduled at the mutual convenience of the student and teacher.

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.

Yes – MACSA teachers have access to the MACSA Professional Development Sessions through the year as well as consultations with other faculty as needed.

Yes – MACSA teachers have access to programs through Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, San Antonio Music Teachers Association,  Texas Music Educators Association, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Piano Guild and the National Association of the Teachers of Singing etc.

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

The MACSA Achievement Awards were started in 1999 by MACSA Founder Kenneth Thompson. They are long term awards designed to recognize quality and quantity – two traits that determine success in professional music and beyond.  The MACSA Artist Award 

recognizes students who are among the top 10% in their age group in the United States, the MACSA Young Artist Award recognizes students who are among the top 10% in their age group in Texas and the MACSA Performance Honor Roll recognizes students who are among the top 10% in their age group in San Antonio.  The points for these awards are given for success in various levels of competitions and solo performances.  The MACSA Achievement Award trophies are given out at the annual MACSA Honors Recital at the McNay Museum of Art.  Since 1999 MACSA Artist Award winners have gone on to careers in music, medicine and finance at the top colleges and music schools in the world including the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School of Music.  MACSA Artist Award winners continue to perform worldwide and bring music education to a new generation through their work at colleges and universities as professors of music and in the private realm as teachers/leaders in their communities.

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.

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.

Yes!  Strengthening the musical community wherever we locate is one of our core values!  In San Antonio we give financial support to Texas Public Radio, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, UTSA School of Music, Texas State International Piano Festival, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA), the McNay Art Museum, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Musical Bridges Around the World and the Gurwitz International Piano Competition.

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.

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, Inc 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, Inc 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.

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
MACSA has connected me with 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.