Our Story

Michael & Maverick

Michael Kelly started teaching lessons from his grandma's Magnolia Avenue bungalow in the historic Alta Vista neighborhood in 2014. He was finishing up his music degree at UTSA, gigging with various local music groups, and waiting tables downtown when he started using an extra room in the house to host private music lessons. From day one, the lessons focused on jamming with friends and having fun.

New Instrument!

The extra room became a jam room filled with countless instruments and noise-makers. Students were encouraged to try them all. As families referred their friends, Michael was able to quit serving tables and teach from home full-time, while still managing to make his gigs in the evenings!

Backyard Giggin'

As the studio grew, students were organized into bands and learned songs to perform for backyard concerts. Families brought their relatives and friends, and new faces from the neighborhood wandered into the yard to see the show. Since those early days, Music on Magnolia fosters a love for the community and the families that make each day of teaching feel like hanging out with old friends.

New Location! (before pic)

In the summer of 2021, Music on Magnolia upgraded from grandma's house to a business location in the neighborhood. What had been a long forgotten lawyer's office was renovated by Michael and friends. Each of the four new music rooms were modeled after the original jam room on Magnolia Ave. Michael brought in several of San Antonio's best musicians to help grow the studio.

Music lessons live performances
The Big Gig!

These days, students still perform concerts-- but they aren't held in the backyard. Music on Magnolia students perform regularly at some of San Antonio's most beloved venues like The Lonesome Rose, The Paper Tiger, Olmos Pharmacy and more. Friendships formed between students during band rehearsals and performances are unique. Semester after semester, they form a synergy that any current or former bandmate would understand. And that’s what it’s all about!

Teenagers in a band
Lonesome Rose 2020