Joao Martins

Joao M.

Brooklyn, NY

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Joao delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2006

Our lessons will be tailored to your expectations and to your goals so that you feel engaged and excited to be learning and making progress.


Music Theory Department Chair
Sep 2015 - Present
Turtle Bay Music School

Developed and implemented curricula in piano and music theory for children and adults, in both private and classroom settings.

History Department Faculty
Sep 2006 - Sep 2009
University of Amsterdam

Carried out research on several topics (US and Latin America foreign policies, Governance, Area Studies).

Wrote and edited peer-reviewed papers and abstracts for publication.


Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring
Jan 2010 - Dec 2012
Berklee College of Music
Bachelor of Music in Performance
Jan 2010 - Dec 2012
Berklee College of Music
Professional Certificate
Mar 2009 - Aug 2009
Universidade Federal da Bahia
Master of Arts in History
Sep 2004 - Sep 2005
University of Amsterdam
Bachelor of Arts in English and French Linguistics and Literature
Sep 1998 - Jun 2002
University of Coimbra


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certificate of Commercial Translation
Jul 2002
Alliance Française

Diplôme de Hautes Etudes Françaises
Jun 2000
Alliance Française


Society for Ethnomusicology
Nov 2017

SEM is a U.S.-based organization with an international membership of approximately 1,750 individuals dedicated to the study of all forms of music from diverse humanistic and social scientific perspectives. We examine music as central to human experience throughout space and time, and explore its profound relationship to cognition, emotion, language, dance, visual arts, spiritual belief, social organization, collective identity, politics, conflict and peace, economics, the physical body, and mental health. Through SEM programs and the work of our individual members, we seek to advance academic and public understanding and appreciation of music as a cultural phenomenon of unlimited variety and as a resource that is fundamental to the well being of individuals and communities.

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American Musicological Society
Nov 2017

The American Musicological Society is a membership-based musicological organization founded in 1934 to advance scholarly research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship; it grew out of a small contingent of the Music Teachers National Association and, more directly, the New York Musicological Society (1930-1934).

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Mar 2013

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Berklee College of Music Alumni
Jan 2013

The Berklee Alumni Affairs Office embraces the college’s alumni as valuable members and vital stakeholders in a lifelong, global community. We strive to foster and strengthen alumni engagement in meaningful and innovative ways that support the interests and goals of alumni in their professional and personal pursuits.

Guided by the college’s mission, we seek to build a sense of shared community, pride, professional achievement, volunteerism, philanthropic support, and commitment to Berklee. We celebrate and applaud our alumni as they seek to improve the world around them through their creative pursuits.

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Photos & Videos

Solo piano version of the jazz standard 'Beautiful Love'
Live in NYC

Live at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY


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Anya H. Jan 8, 2014
Piano ·

A great and worthwhile experience.

Piano lessons with Joao Martins have been excellent. Joao is very patient and thorough when explaining things and puts a lot of effort into tailoring the lessons to suit my interests and ability. He is great at fostering a relaxed learning environment. On top of this, he is very knowledgeable about different types of music, music theory, and technique. I highly recommend Joao as a music teacher.

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