Lesson Details



Joao delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 9+

Teaching since:
February 2005

Our lessons will be tailored to your expectations and to your musical preferences, so that you feel engaged and excited to be learning and making progress on your instrument.

I am an active pianist and percussionist, having graduated from Berklee College of Music, where I studied Performance and Film Scoring. At Berklee, I received the Berklee Outstanding Scholar Award and the Berklee Achievement Scholarship.

I have an extensive background in jazz, pop/rock, and Latin music, and I have been teaching children and adults from different backgrounds in the many different countries I've lived in.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is based on making the student feel comfortable. Whether we are working on technique, on improvisation, or on performance aspects, I make sure to connect the material to songs and musical styles that resonate with each individual student. In the end, the student gets a thorough music education but they never feel overwhelmed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Yamaha Piano.
Nord Piano.
Acoustic and electric guitars.
Percussion instruments.

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Piano Faculty
Sep 2015 - Present
Turtle Bay Music School

Piano faculty. Private piano lessons and music theory classes.

Jun 2013 - Present
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Bachelor of Music
Jan 2010 - Dec 2012
Berklee College of Nusic
Master of Arts in History
Sep 2004 - Sep 2005
University of Amsterdam


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Outstanding Scholar Award
Sep 2012
Berklee College of Music
Berklee Achievement Scholarship
Mar 2011
Berklee College of Music

Photos & Videos

Beautiful Love
Carlota Gurascier - Vocals
João Martins - Piano

Recorded in N.Y.C.
Quintuplets over Brazilian Choro

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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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