Derek Adam

Derek Adam
Piano 6 and Up, beginner to advanced Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of Texas at San Antonio Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Texas at San Antonio Teaching Philosophy Derek strives to instill self-discipline and a passion for learning in his students. He strives to equip his students with...

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Pablo Aguilar

Pablo Aguilar
Piano 4 to adult, Beginner to Intermediate Bachelor of Music, University of Montemorelos Master of Music, University of Texas, San Antonio Teaching Philosophy I teach primarily beginner and intermediate students, regardless of background and ability. I strive to give all my students the opportunity to achieve their highest possible level. I recognize that every student...

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John Beard

John Beard
Violin, Viola, Piano, Chamber Music Violin/Viola Levels:  4 to Adult; Beginner to Advanced, ages 4 to Adult Piano Student Levels: 3 to Adult; Suzuki beginner Bachelor of Music in Performance, Indiana University Undergraduate training, New England Conservatory Master of Music in Performance, University of Maine Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance with a Minor in...

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Brenda Boyd

Brenda Boyd
Piano 30 months to 6 years Brenda Boyd has taught preschool piano since 1991 and joined MACSA is 2006. Mrs. Boyd completed specialized training as a Preschool Music Teacher and is known to be nurturing, patient, and positive. Many children began their music studies with Mrs. Boyd and have successfully transitioned to higher levels at MACSA....

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Dr. Xiaoke Cheng

Dr. Xiaoke Cheng
Piano 6 and up, Beginner to Advanced Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of Missouri at Columbia Master of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ph.D. in Music Education-Piano Pedagogy, Florida State University   Teaching Philosophy “I believe a successful music educator evidences personal qualities of leadership, intellectual...

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Erin Cooke

Erin Cooke
Piano and Cello Piano: ages 4 to adult, all levels (focus on beginner to intermediate) Cello: all ages, beginner only Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (certified K-12), Grove City College Teaching Philosophy Because every person is different, Erin firmly believes that flexibility is one of the most important goals of good teaching. She focuses...

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Alyssa Darwin

Alyssa Darwin
Piano, Collaborative Piano Age 4+, Beginner to advanced Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Pedagogy, Cedarville University Master of Music in Collaborative Piano, College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati Teaching Philosophy My work as a pianist is conceptually built around the idea that music is a gift meant to be shared and to bring...

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Dr. Antonia Daskalova

Dr. Antonia Daskalova
Piano 5 and up, All levels Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, National Conservatory of Music, Bulgaria Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy, National Conservatory of Music, Bulgaria Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Minnesota Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano, University of Minnesota Teaching Philosophy Personalized. Comprehensive. Fun. I recognize the potential...

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Evelyn Escobedo

Evelyn Escobedo
In 1999, Executive Director, Kenneth Thompson, personally invited Evelyn Escobedo to teach piano full time at the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Inc. Prior to her acceptance, Evelyn had attended Trinity University where she received her Bachelor of Music (’93) and Master of Arts in Teaching (’94) degrees. For fives years after her graduation,...

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Pamela Fischer

Pamela Fischer
Piano 4 to Adult, Beginner to Early Advanced Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Texas State University Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, University of Texas San Antonio Teaching Philosophy Pamela believes the aim of piano lessons is for students to become well rounded musicians capable of playing the piano in whatever capacity...

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Victoria Folks

Victoria Folks
Piano 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...

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Glendora Garza

Glendora Garza
Piano Ages 4 to Adults, Beginner to Early Advanced Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi. Teaching Philosophy Teaching is my passion! I believe that anyone can learn to play the piano! I use various teaching methods depending on the student’s age and objectives. I want...

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Omar Granados

Omar Granados
Piano Ages 4.5 and up, all levels Licenciatura en Música Pianista, Conservatorio del Estado de Puebla, Mexico Teaching philosophy To help, to the best of my abilities, each one of my students unlock their musical potential. To nurture in them a love for art and music Biography Mr. Granados is certified by MTNA (Music Teachers...

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Dr. Ivan Hurd

Dr. Ivan Hurd
Piano Ages 5+, Beginner to Advanced Bachelor of Music, University of Iowa Master of Music, Eastern Michigan University Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Oklahoma Teaching Philosophy When working with students, my goals as a piano teacher are simple: I hope to develop healthy musicians, and to instill a lifelong love for music.  I work...

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Edna Alejandra Longoria

Edna Alejandra Longoria
Composition, Piano Composition Levels: Ages 8 to High School, Beginner to Early Advanced Piano Levels: Ages 6 to 10, Beginners Bachelor of Music in Composition, University of Texas at San Antonio Master of Music in Composition, California State University- Long Beach Teaching Philosophy Edna wishes to provide to her students the tools and knowledge to...

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James Lucas (Jim)

James Lucas (Jim)
Piano All ages Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of Southern California Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University Fulbright-Hays Grant, Hochschule für Musik, Munich, Germany Western Seminary theological studies, Portland, Oregon Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon Royal Conservatory of Music, completion of teaching pedagogy course Teaching...

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Dr. William McNally

Dr. William McNally
Piano, Chamber Music, Composition (by special arrangement) All levels Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Mannes College of Music, (now The New School) Master of Music in Piano Performance, Mannes College of Music Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy; Chamber Music & Accompanying,Temple University Doctor of Music Arts in Piano Performance, CUNY Graduate Center Biography...

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Dr. Geraldine Ong

Dr. Geraldine Ong
Piano Ages 8 – Adult, Intermediate – Advanced Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Missouri State University Master of Music in Piano Performance, Northwestern University Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, University of Houston Teaching Philosophy As a teacher, my ultimate goal is to teach myself out of a job.  At the end of...

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Ellen Pavliska

Ellen Pavliska
Piano Ages 5 to Adults, Beginning to Advanced Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of North Texas Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Southern California Teaching Philosophy The piano has played such an important role in my life and has positively shaped who I am today. I love sharing with my students...

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Kay Piña

Kay Piña
Piano Ages 5-adult, Beginner – Early Advanced Bachelor of Arts in Music-Keyboard, Texas State University in San Marcos Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, University of Texas at San Antonio Biography Kay Piña has a small piano studio at the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Inc. and also teaches full time Intermediate...

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Sharon Robinson, NCTM

Sharon Robinson, NCTM
Piano Ages 7+ (some experience preferred but not required), Beginner through Intermediate Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy, Baylor University Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (MTNA) Teaching Philosophy My teaching philosophy can be summed up by one phrase I adopted years ago – “Follow the curiosity of the child”. Lessons in my studio are balanced...

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Sylvia Robinson

Sylvia Robinson
Piano Ages 5 to adult Bachelor of Music Education, University of the Incarnate Word Masters in Education, University of the Incarnate Word Special Education Certification, University Of the Incarnate Word Teaching Philosophy As a teacher, I aim to foster a lifelong love of learning. As a music teacher, my goal is to teach my students...

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Edna Salinas

Edna Salinas
Piano Ages 5 (mature) to 18, Beginner to Intermediate Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy, Texas State University Teaching Philosophy Music education holds a valuable place throughout our lives. Music has the power to provide fun, creative, and fulfilling learning experiences at every stage and season in life. I am privileged to have the opportunity...

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Toni Salmons, NCTM

Toni Salmons, NCTM
Toni began teaching at MACSA in 2005 shortly after graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2005 and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy in 2011. While attending UTSA as a graduate student, Toni taught Class Piano to undergraduate music...

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Vida Scott

Vida Scott
Piano and Voice Ages 18 months to Adult, Beginning to Advanced Masters of Music, Texas State University Teaching Philosophy Vida believes that music is a language in which everyone should be fluent. A sound foundation in music at a young age will open many doors. A music teacher’s primary role is to provide her students...

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Peter Steigerwald

Peter Steigerwald
Piano Ages 5 to Adult Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of Houston Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Texas at Austin Teaching Philosophy I desire for each of my students to discover joy and fulfillment in making music, while acquiring the excellence in skill that will support a life-long love of...

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Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson
Advanced Piano Coach In June of 2000, Kenneth Thompson received the Texas Music Teachers Association’s ‘Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award’ for the state of Texas. In November 2009, Mr. Thompson received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Musical Bridges Around the World for his work in raising the level of piano teaching in San Antonio....

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Dorothy Yan

Dorothy Yan
Dorothy Yan is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance. She had the privilege of studying piano with Dr. Kasandra Keeling and worked closely with Dr. Courtney Crappell in piano pedagogy.  In her undergraduate career, Dorothy...

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Kazumi Yoshizawa

Kazumi Yoshizawa
Piano Ages 5 to Adult, Beginner to Advanced Vocal Performance Degree, Showa Conservatory of Music in Tokyo Music Education Certification, Kanagawa Teaching Philosophy To enrich and engage students with the fundamentals of piano. Through piano a student is able to develop their skills in both learning and retention helping them in other aspects of life....

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Sarah Gachupin

Sarah Gachupin
Violin, Viola, Cello Ages 4+ Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music (emphasis in Music Education), New Mexico Highlands University Level 1 Orff Certification, The University of New Mexico Teaching Philosophy I believe that every child is unique and strive to teach to each individual student in a way that suits their particular interests and learning...

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Luis Berrios

Luis Berrios
Classical Guitar Ages 8 and up, all levels Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance, The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico Post baccalaureate classes in composition Teaching Philosophy “Music is poetry for the heart and soul” As a maestro of the classical guitar, Mr. Berrios teaches his students, which start at the early age of...

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Jimmy Cox

Jimmy Cox
Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Drums 8 and up Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (Marketing emphasis), University of Texas at San Antonio Teaching Philosophy To provide students with strong a foundation so they may one day be able to play their instrument at any level. Biography Jimmy Cox was born and raised in San Antonio,...

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Roberto Granado

Roberto Granado
Voice, Guitar (Acoustic and Electric), Bass, Ukulele, Guitarron, Vihuela (Musical Styles from Classical to Folk to Rock to Metal to Country to Ethnic) Student level: Beginner to Advanced Voice: 10 yrs old - adult (younger than 10 yrs by audition only) Guitar & Bass: 10 yrs old - adult Ukulele: 8 yrs old - adult...

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Mike McCutchon

Mike McCutchon
Michael McCutchon began his classical guitar studies with Prof. Wynn Morrant from Seattle Pacific University. During this time he gave public performances, and attended master classes with such artists as David Russell and William Kanengiser. He was an active member of the Seattle Classical Guitar Society. He graduated from the University of North Texas with...

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Lisa Flores

Voice Beginner to Advanced Bachelor of Music, Southwestern University Master of Music, Northwestern University Certificate in Vocal Performance, Northwestern University Teaching Philosophy Lisa aims to teach her students a solid vocal technique coupled with a love and appreciation for the art of singing. Biography Lisa Flores, soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southwestern...

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Rachel Hicks Holdman

Rachel Hicks Holdman
Voice Ages 5 to Adult, Beginner to Advanced Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bachelor of Music with K-12 teaching licensure, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy, University of Texas at San Antonio Teaching Philosophy As a private...

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Dr. Catherine Nix

Dr. Catherine Nix
Voice Intermediate to advanced Bachelor of Arts in Music, University of North Florida Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Florida State University Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado at Boulder Teaching Philosophy Like all teachers of the arts, I desire to help my students discover their potential - to...

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Paul M. Patinka

Paul M. Patinka
Voice Beginner to Advanced Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Hartwick College Master of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Delaware Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, University of Texas at San Antonio Teaching Philosophy The modern student is a complex individual with a plethora of experience in technology, politics, and engaging with...

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Paula Beard

Paula Beard
Paula Beard Violin, Viola, Chamber Music Ages 7 to Adult, Beginner to Advanced Bachelor of Music in Performance, University of Maryland, Baltimore Master of Music in Performance, Catholic University of America, Washington DC Post-graduate study: Milan Vitek, Germany; Michal Sobieski, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Geoffrey Applegate, Detroit Symphony Teaching Philosophy As a teacher, I like...

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Meghan Henry

Meghan Henry
Voice Ages 3-12, Beginner+ Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Texas at San Antonio; Amarillo College Teaching Philosophy Teaching is a way to share my love of music and show my students how music can better their lives and the world around them. It is important for students to learn how to use their...

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Philip Skinner

Philip Skinner
Voice 8 and older, Beginner to Advanced/Professional Bachelor of Music, Classical Voice, Baylor University Master of Music, Musical Theater, New York University Advance Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy, New York University Summer Voice Science Intensive, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Teaching Philosophy Every person is a delightful vocal puzzle that I have the pleasure of...

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Larry E. Mentzer

Larry E. Mentzer
Clarinet Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Former principal clarinet, San Antonio Symphony. Instructor of clarinet, UTSA-retired. I teach students beginning from middle school to advanced level. Teaching philosophy: Know your students and what you can do for them.  

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