Southtown Music Studio is San Antonio’s new music and wellness destination

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

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

After both 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

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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 various instruments and studied early childhood music education, organizes “somatic experience sessions”, a form of traumatic 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 wellness themes. The session will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Southtown Music Studio.

Southtown Music Studio.

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

“To be an organization run by women and Latinex in Southtown, the heart of the city where Latinxes live, and invite everyone in that space to be together with music,” De Jesús told MySA.

“I really feel like this could be something very useful at this time when everything seems as divided as it can be, [we want to provide] a sweet place to land that feels as inclusive as it gets to come together through the music. “

Tickets for the studio opening session start at $ 35, masks are required.

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

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

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