At Pepper’s School of Music and Art the sounds of tomorrow’s rock stars, drumline leaders, and designated National Anthem singers mingle with the chatter of artists perfecting their crafts. Founders Ashleigh and Barrett Pepper preside over lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals, working with a team of caring instructors. They'll typically start with the basics of instrumental technique before teaching students how easy it is to read music, play by ear, or perform their favorite song. In art lessons and meetups, pupils as young as 4 learn to work with paint and other media. The classes are open to adults as well, so the school occasionally hosts BYOB painting sessions."
Each of San Antonio Music Academy's professionally trained instructors have the formal education and musical know-how to melodiously mold the minds of their students during one-on-one music lessons. Dulcet disciples can clean out their pipes with voice lessons, get plucky with the guitar, or make the saloon swoon by studying piano. Lessons on orchestra are also included for those that want to sharpen their chops on the violin. Students must supply their own instruments during instruction, but everyone can choose the type of style they want to master, giving students free reign to get schooled in jazz, blues, rock, country, or Gregorian polka chanting. Each lesson at San Antonio Music Academy lasts 30-minutes, and three recitals are held every year to showcase the students' talent.
On March 29, 2011, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman preceded his concert at the Lila Cockrell Theater with a Q&A session at Antonio Strad Violin. One of many other classical music stars to visit the store, Perlman's appearance reinforced Antonio Strad's status as one of Texas's preeminent stringed-instrument retailers.
The store stocks violins, violas, cellos, and basses, many hand-made. Alongside those instruments, Antonio Strad showcases essential accessories, such as shoulder rests, music stands, strings, and Vivaldi's powdered wig. Besides selling and renting their collection, Antonio Strad has an in-house team who are experts at repairing malfunctioning instruments and restoring older pieces, and a team of professional instructors, some of whom are professional symphony musicians, who help players refine their skills during private lessons.