Southtown Music Studio is San Antonio’s New Music and Wellness Destination

On Sunday, September 5, Southtown Music Studio, a new music and wellness center in the heart of the city, will officially begin operating from the Mercury Project Contemporary Art Space.

The studio, run by Olivia De Jesús and Pamela Martinez, is set to offer standard music lessons, however, its intentions are a bit more holistic than your average music space.

After accidentally returning to their hometown of San Antonio in 2018 after attending music school, De Jesús and Martinez met and realized that their experiences, goals and intentions were aligned. They each wanted to use their love of music and sound to help others heal.

Southtown Music Studio

Kim Beechner

Martinez, who has traveled the world, is a violinist and harpist, but also practices reiki, a form of Japanese energy healing, and conducts “sound baths” or colorful meditative experiences by immersing the participant in sound waves. De Jesús, who plays a variety of instruments and has studied early childhood music education, conducts “somatic experience sessions,” a form of trauma therapy.

Tuning In: Music & the Nervous System – An Introduction to Sound Meditation and Somatic Experiencing, Southtown Music Studio’s first workshop on September 5, will explore some of these feel-good themes. The session will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Music is for everyone, humans are inherently musical beings. I’ve met a lot of people who have had trauma around their voice or their ability to make music,” De Jesús told MySA.

One of the main goals of classes and sessions is to help the community get back to music in a positive and joyful way that feels like play, even those who don’t feel like they have a relationship. with it beyond their Spotify playlists.

“There’s a lot of discussion about whether music is an inherent talent or something we can cultivate, and it’s both, but it’s so much more cultivable than I think most people learn.”

Southtown Music Studio offers online and in-person music lessons and wellness workshops, including reiki sessions, sound baths and somatic experiences. The studio will be open six days a week and will be available for private music lessons and one-on-one sessions.

Southtown Music Studio.

Southtown Music Studio.

Kim Beechner

When asked what excites him the most, De Jesús mentions the community building aspect.

“To be a women and Latinex-led organization in Southtown, the heart of the city where Latinx people live, and to invite everyone into this space to be together with music,” De Jesús told MySA.

“I really feel like this could be something very useful right now when everything seems as divided as it can be, [we want to provide] a soft place to land that feels as inclusive as possible to come together through music.”

Tickets for the studios grand opening show start at $35, masks are required.

Olivia De Jesús, co-owner of Southtown Music Studio.

Olivia De Jesús, co-owner of Southtown Music Studio.

Kim Beechner

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