Joy Academy of Music is having a Spring Performance to showcase all of the students' hard work and talent at 3:30pm and 5:00pm on Saturday, June 8th at San Pedro Presbyterian Church (14900 San Pedro; see below for directions). Bring family and friends and enjoy some great live music in many different styles! Dress is casual. PLEASE SHOW UP 15 MINUTES EARLY AND BE SURE TO BRING PAPER MUSIC FOR THE SONG YOU ARE PERFORMING. Even if you are not performing this time around, come on out and hear some new songs to get inspired! We will be in the big main octagonal building in the "Fellowship Hall". Park anywhere that isn't covered parking (because that belongs to the office complex next door).
Each Spring I often get asked these questions:
Q: “How do lessons work in the summer?”
A: The Academy is open year round, and we do not close during the summer. Lessons in the summer will be on the same day and time as they were during the year. If you definitely need a different lesson day or time for the summer, text me and we will find a slot that works.
Q: “Do a lot of students quit during the summer?”
A: For the past 2 years we have actually grown in enrollment during the summer. Some students withdraw but we get an influx of students looking to secure a teacher before the Fall.
Q: “If we withdraw for the summer, can we keep our spot for Fall?”
A: Lessons are first come first serve, so if you withdraw for the summer, we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot for you in the Fall, as we will open the spot to new students.
The big question for all students and parents to consider is:
DO YOU WANT TO STAY WITH THE SAME TEACHER IN THE FALL?
If the answer is YES there are 2 ways to do this:
1. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SUMMER MAKE UP LESSONS
We realize that some of you will go on vacation for a portion of the summer. By signing up for the summer make ups, you can make up your lessons and keep the same spot for Fall. (3:30pm to 6:30pm and Saturday lessons times, especially, are the most in demand and will disappear quickly!)
It’s easy, just HIT THE RED BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE to sign up for Summer Make Up Lessons! If you don’t know the dates yet, you can signup anytime during the summer. If the make up dates don’t work, let me know.
2. SUB LEASE YOUR SPOT TO FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND
You can send a family member or friend in your place for the dates you will miss. Just let me know who is coming in your place and when. Make sure they reimburse you directly for the lessons.
If you are taking summer lessons and need a specific time for Fall, please contact me around late July and I will do my best to accommodate you.
I love teaching all my seasoned veteran students, but I have to be fair to everyone with a first come first serve policy.
DON’T LOSE YOUR SPOT — KEEP THOSE LESSONS GOING!
Calling all students! Want to be featured on the Joy Academy of Music website? Want your picture in the newsletter or on our Facebook page? Then COME TO THE STUDIO THIS SATURDAY AT 2:00pm. A professional photographer is coming to the studio this weekend to take pictures of any student who wants their picture taken. Come to the Studio on Saturday, December 8th at 2:00pm to get your picture taken. You will not only get to be featured on our website, facebook page and newsletter, but you will also receive a free professional photo! Dress in holiday attire, dress up, or just come as you are, formal or funny -- anything goes. Hope to see you then--Enjoy!
Joy Academy of Music is having a Spring Recital at 6:30pm on Sunday, May 20th at San Pedro Presbyterian Church (14900 San Pedro; see below for directions). Bring family and friends and enjoy some great music in many different styles, as well as the debut performance of the new All Keyboard Rock Band, "Children of the Chord"! Dress is casual. PLEASE SHOW UP AT 6:15pm AND BE SURE TO BRING THE MUSIC FOR THE SONG YOU ARE PERFORMING. Even if you are not performing this time around, come on out and hear some new songs to get inspired! We will be in the big main octagonal building in the "Fellowship Hall". Park anywhere that isn't covered parking (because that belongs to the office complex next door).
Here are Google Maps directions to the church:
Sometimes people are confused about whether to take private lessons or group lessons. The benefits of learning piano in a group are often under estimated. There are many situations where group lessons are the best option. If you are looking for piano lessons in San Antonio, Joy Academy of Music gives you lots of options to find the perfect music lesson for you. You can weigh, balance, and then decide on your own.
In private piano lessons, the social factor is missing from the scene. Students practice alone, play at lessons alone, and play recitals alone. There is so much more that can be learned while playing piano in a group. There are many activities that take place in group lessons which are impossible to incorporate in private lessons. Learning ensemble pieces can be done only in group classes. Group music classes are often more lively and exciting. Especially if you are a beginner, group lessons are a lot more fun! Private lessons are usually only best if you are self-motivated and want to learn something very specific, like jazz piano or improvisation for example.
Motivation to learn is built in to group classes. The students tend to practice more since they do not want to lag behind other students. In private lessons, students progress at their own rate, which is usually slower than in a group. In group lessons, students progress at the rate of the fastest student. The students also learn the benefits of working as a team. It is also often less intimidating for students because the class works together and help each other to achieve their musical goals .
Sometimes children and adults quit before they truly learn to play the piano. The need at such time is to help the beginner learn it the fun way. I have found that when students have fun, they WANT to practice. At Joy Academy of Music, kids and adults have fun learning. Sometimes the social element which comes from group classes is the missing link which helps students to have more fun. Think of sports. The reason most people enjoy sports is because of the feeling of comradery that comes from being a part of something larger than yourself, and working together to achieve a common goal.
Many parents face the problem of their children being too shy to perform in front of other people. Learning in group lessons can help in a great way. When children learn along other students regularly this shyness and low confidence leaves them as they make progress. They no longer remain timid about playing out loud for people because they do it every week. Brimming with confidence, they learn they can perform in front of others and take pride in showing others what they can do, sharing their love of music. I truly believe music is a language and as such is meant to be communicated and shared. Group lessons help students to achieve this goal.
Here's a great show piece that is fun to play. When you take piano lessons, you always want to have a few pieces in your repertoire that you can pull out at a moment's notice to impress your friends! This is a great song by C.P.E. Bach called "Solfeggio". C.P.E. Bach was the most famous son of J.S. Bach, who had 20 kids! For more information on piano or saxophone lessons at the Joy Academy of Music, call (210)268-8373. Come try a free lesson!
If you’re thinking that enrolling your child in piano lessons in San Antonio would not be worth it, or are having second thoughts as to whether you should continue your child’s piano lessons, then here are 5 reasons why you should consider keeping your child enrolled:
Develop Fine Motor Skills
Playing the piano definitely builds up a child’s coordination and fine motor skills. Hand-eye as well as hand-to-hand and hand-to-foot coordination is practiced through piano lessons. Doing something different with each hand (and your feet!) at the same time uses both sides of the brain and builds and stimulates new neural pathways. Developing fine motor skills early in life can help with any physical activities you do the rest of your life, as well as stimulating brain activity and development.
These days kids have shorter and shorter attention spans because of over-stimulation by technology and the media (TV, laptops, smartphones, tablets, streaming media, etc). Distractions abound, and children have trouble focusing and sticking with one thing long enough to make any progress with it. Music is a productive escape that helps kids learn how to focus and make tangible forward progress in pursuing a goal. The longer you stick with it, the better you become and the fun increases exponentially as you are able to play cooler and cooler pieces. Once you pay your dues and learn to read music like reading a book, practice sessions cease to feel like work and just become jam sessions at home!
Raises Self Esteem
Life at school can be very challenging for kids! The peer pressure of trying to fit in and yet feel special, different or "cool" can be overwhelming. Anything that kids can do that helps them stand out from the herd or makes them feel special or talented is an emotional and social boon can give them wings and help them to soar. Music is a great skill to have because it is one they can share with their friends. Showing off a new piece, playing with a rock band , making a YouTube video or DVD they can share with friends and family on social media, helps kids to feel proud of their accomplishments and gives them a strong sense of belonging to something greater than themselves.
Improves Academic Performance
Another thing children’s piano lessons imbue on kids is a strict sense of discipline. Kids who play the piano understand that their playing won’t improve unless they study and practice everyday. As such they also understand that hard work must be put into something in order to reap benefits. Kids who take piano lessons also learn to think creatively and critically. All these are applied in school, giving kids taking piano lessons an edge. Scientific studies have proven that music helps with math skills, spacial relations, and many other whole brain skills that help kids academically.
Allows Kids to be Well Rounded
A child may study the piano for a short period of time. Some might stick with it and continue to make a career out of it. Regardless, those who took piano lessons are known to be more well rounded, especially in this day and age, as they tend to develop an appreciation for all types of music and art. The knowledge and skills they learn from the piano can also be easily transferred to another musical instrument.
The Joy Academy of Music is the San Antonio area's premier place for piano lessons.
Children and adults (ages 4 to 104!) from beginners to the most advanced are welcome at our state-of-the-art studio where they can develop their passion for music
Give us a call at (210) 268-8373 and we can tell you how to get started today!
Adult piano lessons in San Antonio have recently become popular again as more and more fans of the instrument realize that it's never too late to take up this study. With age comes the appreciation for the finer things in life, and as we all know, piano music can really be quite enchanting and listening to piano music can truly be captivating. As an adult looking piano lessons in San Antonio, you may find that the experience can be really beneficial. Piano music, after all, is one of the most soothing sounds - listening to piano music can be a really good way to release your stress; playing beautiful piano music yourself is nothing short of blissful pleasure.
The difference between children and adults with regards to their outlook on piano lessons is that adults are actually more discouraged to play the piano than children. As they already have an idea of how a piano works and how it should be played, adults are more easily disheartened from even taking up adult piano lessons. On the other hand, adults learn to play faster, as adults have better focus and dedication to learning. If you’re an adult seeking out piano lessons yourself, read on for a few tips on how to get started and how to make the most of your piano lessons.
Although it is possible to learn some of the basics of piano by yourself, it is exponentially easier and you will progress much faster by employing the services of an excellent San Antonio piano teacher. A good teacher is one that is passionate about the art, not just in it for the money. Make sure the teacher is experienced at giving adult piano lessons as well.
You might also want to check out videos and other instructional guides to help you get started and to make the most of your lessons. Not only will these help you better understand how to approach each song and how to improve on your playing, it will also serve as your reference for your piano teacher’s lessons. Ask your teacher for any books or videos he may recommend and which ones he will be basing your lessons on.
As with any other skill, the most important factor would be dedication and hard work, as practice remains the key to honing your piano playing. So make sure to dedicate at least half an hour each day outside of your regular lessons.
In San Antonio, piano lessons are among the most popular programs parents enroll their children in. Many parents enroll their kids in lessons to cultivate the creative aspect of a child’s growth – particularly in music and the arts. Still others have dreams for their children to be successful pianists when they grow up and wish for them to start learning the instrument at an early age. However there are a lot of parents out there who are yet to be convinced whether to get their children into playing the piano and enrolling them in piano lessons. Here then are a few quick points on why piano lessons would be perfect for your child:
Developing Self Confidence
Children who study the piano learn a valuable lesson in learning a new skill. In playing the piano and having to learn piano lessons, children begin to handle stress efficiently as part of the learning process. We are all very familiar with piano recitals which as we all know is a regular requirement when taking piano lessons. An excellent piano teacher will ensure that his students are ready to perform in front of an audience and this goes a long way in helping a child develop self confidence.
Ability to Constructively Accept Feedback
Any child who takes up piano lessons learns to accept feedback to improve his or her performance. In doing so, a child is also trained to accept feedback and constructive criticism not only with regards to his or her piano playing, but also with everything else he or she does in life. Being able to openly accept constructive criticism from a piano instructor would serve as a foundation for building a person’s character.
Understanding the Value of Hard Work
Anything worth doing requires hard work. Just as with any other skill, piano lessons require practice. As playing the piano becomes second nature to a student, they learn to understand that hard work, discipline, dedication, and consistency are skills that will help them to achieve any goal they want to pursue in life.
Learning to play the piano may seem difficult at first, but continued practice and dedication to the scheduled piano lessons will definitely pay off. Of course, in the case of children studying the piano, parenting also plays a major factor. Parents should be able to stick with their children in their endeavors. This coupled with a great piano instructor will definitely make all those piano lessons worth it.