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Joy Academy of Music
Joy Academy of Music

Joy Academy of Music

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Introduction: 15 Benefits of becoming a Joy Academy of Music Student: 1. Piano lessons for ALL ages! All beginners and all levels are welcome--no matter what your age! We teach ages 4 to 104! 2. Learn the music YOU enjoy! Classical, Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Country, Contemporary Christian, Gospel, Movie & Game themes, Dance Music, almost any genre of music from the very beginning! 3. We offer small group piano lessons in addition to traditional private lessons. The best thing about small group classes is that they are fun! Students actually progress quicker in a group because they have more fun and are motivated by the progress of their peers. 4. I teach from a one-of-a-kind method book that I wrote myself! We use innovative methods and the latest technology to make learning awesome! 5. A wide range of lesson times available, sure to fit any busy schedule! 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday 6. A proven track record of excellence. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by hundreds of families for over 20 years. 7. A comfortable waiting room for parents. 3 Comfortable waiting areas (one of them outside), leather chairs, sofa, TV/DVD player; free wifi, game room with Play Station and race car steering wheels/pedals; cold water dispenser, fridge, and homework area. Great for students and their families. 8. Fully stocked lesson rooms. We have a jam room with Full PA system, vocal mics, acoustic piano, electric guitars, bass, keyboards and drum set. We also have top of the line 88-key weighted digital pianos. We have spent thousands of dollars to make our lessons the best they can possibly be. 9. Free, all inclusive recitals. Don't like recitals? We also have a fun and unique alternative: Making Music Videos! We make cool multimedia videos twice a year and put them on DVDs and YouTube. They make great gifts for family and friends! 10. Conveniently and centrally located in the heart of San Antonio. We are easy to find, right off Callaghan and NW Loop 410, with shopping and restaurants close by. 11. Picture Day We are the only music school that offers a picture day for their students! Every six months, we host a free picture day with a professional photographer. 12. We are the only music school in San Antonio that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies and certificates for passing musical tests. 13. Make Up Classes Missed a lesson? Out of town? No problem. Just sign up for our make up classes. They never expire, and you can come when it's convenient for you. 14. Early afternoon lessons for homeschoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals. 15. Month to Month Lessons! Unlike other programs, we do not require semester minimums for lessons. You can begin anytime! To stop lessons, we just need a 30 day notice. Not only am I a full-time music teacher, but I also play piano and saxophone and sing professionally with local Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues, Funk, Gospel, Celtic, Contemporary Christian and other bands all around town, in Austin, and at my home church. I JUST LOVE MUSIC! I think I am musically A.D.D.--if I stick with one style of music too long, I get bored, so I like to play and teach EVERYTHING! Every morning I get out of bed, I look forward to playing and sharing my love of music with others. Do what you love, love what you do...

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Serves San Antonio, TX

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21 years in business

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Juan A.

Guitar Lessons

Sean’s a good guy. Always makes himself available for any and all questions and he really knows his stuff. Especially for piano.
Mar 3, 2021
Dareon M.

Piano Lessons

Our daughter is excited about her piano lessons now vs us doing the encouraging!! Great Job Mr. M!!!
Sep 4, 2017
Marilu M.

Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)

After experiencing a couple of options for my 8yr old, Mr. Sean was the teacher my daughter enjoyed and loved the most. She loves the fact that classes are kid friendly. In less than a yr she has learned to read music!!!!! We LOVE piano forte.
Feb 2, 2017
Raquel t.

Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)

PianoForte has very good teaching skills for young students. My son has always wanted to learn piano and even though it's only been about three months of learning I can tell he has accomplished so much. I love how Pianoforte Studio has the studio setup and how the parents have a separate waiting area. R. Tehuitzith
Oct 27, 2016
Carlos R.

Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)

Makes the lessons fun and easy to follow for My 6-year old daughter.
May 13, 2016
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Call me to try a free lesson! Lessons are $90 a month for small group lessons, which includes one 40 minute lesson per week. Private lessons are $110 a month for one 30 minute lesson per week. One hour private lessons are also available.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    If they are a transfer student from another teacher, or have taken lessons previously, it usually takes a few weeks to get to know their strengths and the areas they need help with. Many of my transfer students have never learned to read music proficiently or how to count rhythms and keep a steady beat! This is mostly due to the lack of good method books out there (most of the method books available put in finger numbers and hand positions which allow students to cheat and learn to play songs without actually learning how to read the notes!). Fortunately all of my students, whether they are complete beginners or if they have had previous experience, will quickly learn the language of music, AND have fun doing it!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have been teaching professionally full-time for 17 years. I began studying classical piano at the age of 7, and saxophone at the age of 11. I have performed with symphonic and chamber orchestras, jazz big bands & trios, rock bands, vocal & instrumental soloists, and solo concert piano in a wide variety of styles. I love to take requests, and read and play by ear in almost any style of music. I have a degree in Piano Performance from the University of Texas in San Antonio. I have won numerous awards in performance, including Outstanding Soloist at the Southwest Jazz Festival and Outstanding Musician at the UT Longhorn Jazz Festival, but I consider my greatest achievement to be my students. I love to share my love of music with kids and adults, and I own and run a successful music studio. I am the second cousin of country legend George Strait.

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