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Music Masters' founder and instructor Anita Goldberg has a B.A. in Piano and Music Education from Mexico City's National Music Conservatory. She continued her studies in Spain and the United States at Memphis University where she obtained her Masters in the Orff method of music education. "Miss Anita" founded Music Masters in San Antonio in 1985. The Music Masters' program includes the methods of Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze, as well as techniques ad curricula personally developed by Anita.
Anita Goldberg: Owner and Instructor, MUSIC MASTERS
Susan has been studying piano for 16 years and cello for 13 years. After graduating high school in Taiwan, she now attends Trinity University as a music education major with a focus on secondary instrumental music. She is currently a senior at Trinity University and is studying piano under the instruction of Dr. Carolyn True. During her three years at Trinity University, Susan has gained various teaching experience teaching piano privately, as well as working with young cellists in a local middle school orchestra program. Susan loves exploring music with others. Knowledge and growth is important to her, and she enjoys learning alongside her students and empowering them to learn themselves. Her individualized lesson plans are tailored to the needs of individual students, and her experience in teaching all ages and levels of piano and cello students allows her to nurture her students in the most effective way.
Susan Lo Piano
Instead of working at the mall or delivering newspapers in high school, Donna was already teaching private lessons to kids in her neighborhood while also volunteering/assisting with an elementary school band. She graduated from Chantilly HS in Fairfax, VA in 2002, went on to study music performance at Duquesne Univ. in Pittsburgh, PA then transferred to George Mason Univ. in Fairfax, VA; graduating in 2007 with a BM in music performance on saxophone.
Out of college Donna was fortunate to revitalize a music program at St. Agnes Catholic School in Arlington, VA from 2007-2010. She taught classroom music (K-8), assisted with the band (4-8), and directed the choir (3-8). She recently completed teaching classroom music at Cedar Creek School - San Antonio Campus, grades 3-8; 2013 was their first year having a formal music curriculum. Since 2007 she has ran Donna’s School of Music, LLC teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano to over 25 students each year.
Saxophone (classical and jazz) is Donna’s main instrument and is a “triple threat” with flute and clarinet; piano is her secondary instrument. She has performed with concert, rock, and jazz bands, including saxophone quartets at public functions such as wedding ceremonies and receptions, birthdays, and charity events. Her past teachers have included:
Gordon Shaffer (The United States Army “Pershing’s Own”), James Houlik and James Pollock (Duquesne University),
Dale Underwood and Jim Carroll (George Mason University), and Joe Eckert (Shenandoah Conservatory).
Donna currently performs with the Helotes Area Community Band on tenor and alto saxophone; she is also a founding member of the Sonora Dolce Saxophone Quarter, on tenor saxophone. You can find these two groups performing around the San Antonio area.Donna loves teaching young musicians and it’s her goal to make sure her students feel good about what they do and have fun doing it, look good on stage, and sound amazing for a live performance.
Joshua E. Pepper Piano
Sabra Grainger, has worked as a music teacher in San Antonio public & private schools since 1983. She was also the Director of The Young Artists' Chorale and the Director of the Children's Choir program for Castle Hills First Baptist Church for 19 years before accepting the position as the Choral Director for Castle Hills Baptist School and eventually the CHS Fine Arts Director and TAPPS Region Coordinator.
She currently enjoys teaching music at Gan Gani Preschool and Music Masters Studio where she has trained and worked with Anita Goldberg for over 25 years.
Sabra graduated from Howard Payne University in 1982 with a B.S. in Secondary Education and minors in Music and English. Music is an important part of her life for as long as she can remember, and it is as natural for her to share as a smile or a word of encouragement. She is looking forward to sharing her love for music with your child this year.
Donna Higby: Sax, Flute, Piano, Clarinet
Sabra Grainger: Music Masters Curriculum Intructor
Anastasia Perez Violin
Josh Pepper currently works as a free-lance pianist, piano instructor, coach and music director in San Antonio. He graduated with piano performance degrees from Tennessee Technological University (BM) and Louisiana State University (MM). Mr. Pepper has been involved with regional opera companies all over the country, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Shreveport Opera as a rehearsal pianist and opera outreach music director. French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, a prestigious theater camp located in upstate New York, has employed Mr. Pepper for the past five summers as a valued conductor, music director, and piano teacher.
Locally, Mr. Pepper has burst onto the San Antonio theatre scene over the past two years: playing shows at the Vexler, The Playhouse, and the Woodlawn Theater. After his music directing debut with the show Guys and Dolls at The Playhouse, he became Resident Teen Music Director for the Woodlawn Academy. Mr. Pepper is thrilled to be music directing Carrie the Musical and White Christmas later this year for the Woodlawn Theatre's main stage. Equally exciting is the opening of Mr. Pepper's private piano studio, thanks to Anita Goldberg and Music Masters! Performing and teaching music in a vibrant and expanding community is a dream come true.
Contact Mr. Pepper today for information about piano lessons, accompaniments, and coachings.
Anastasia began her violin studies at the age of 8, under the tutelage of renowned violinist Rafael de Castro, a composer and former conductor of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. She continued to practice music throughout her early, and young adult life. Upon graduating from Clark High School, she studied under Dr. Eugene Gratovich while studying at the University of Texas at Austin. She is well educated in Suzuki and Kodaly methods of music development and instruction. A seasoned musician, Anastasia has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician at venues such as the San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, Oblate School of Theology, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, and various other venues for weddings, funerals, fundraisers, and recitals.
Upon returning to San Antonio after graduation, Anastasia taught violin and piano at a local studio for two years before branching off to begin her business. After fifteen years of playing, and five years of teaching, Anastasia has developed her own, student based music pedadogy. It is only with many years of experience, and a love for teaching that Anastasia has decided to share her knowledge.