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 is unique in abilities, likes, and learning modalities. Some like classical music and want to perform in recitals or festivals. Others just want to play for fun and enjoyment for their families and friends. I adjust my teaching to address the different needs, desires and abilities of my students. I also include the input from my students and parents in deciding what music to play and whether to participate in recitals, tests, competitions and auditions.

My students are expected to study several pieces simultaneously, perfecting and memorizing selected ones. They should be able to learn as much music as possible from varying styles, including simplified versions of more difficult pieces and classical works, popular, Christian and Jazz styles of music. Students are expected to maintain a rotating number of memorized pieces that can be performed at all times.

Practice requirements for my students are tailored according to their age, level and natural ability. Parents are invited to initiate, encourage and monitor practice according to the age and maturity of the child.

Biography

Pablo Aguilar, M.M., NCTM, is a certified piano teacher located in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Aguilar graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Montemorelos where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Aguilar has trained extensively in the Suzuki method with Dr. Doris Harrel and was awarded the Piano Pedagogy Award in 2011 by the Department of Music at UTSA.

For several years, Mr. Aguilar worked as a Software Developer for major corporations such as NCR, BEA Systems, and AOL while maintaining a private group of piano students but ultimately decided to commit full time to music teaching when he relocated to San Antonio in 2005. He has over ten years of experience in music instruction to private and group students and he is an active member of the San Antonio Music Teachers Association serving currently as Senior Vice President. He served as Future Stars Competition Committee Chairman for the San Antonio Symphony League, and currently is a board member of the San Antonio International Piano Competition.

From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Aguilar led the music and computer programs at Family Educators Alliance of South Texas (FEAST), a homeschool organization. Currently he teaches private piano at his home studio and at Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, and is an Adjunct Instructor at St. Philips College. He also founded and directs the Advent Strings ensemble. During the weekends he enjoys playing the piano for The Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Rolling Oaks Christian Church. He believes that all children are capable of learning music and that teaching includes a never-ending journey of discovery to find out what enables children to be successful learners.

Mr. Aguilar is happily married and has two children.