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 2008

I believe that anyone can learn an instrument and, even more importantly, that everyone can enjoy the process of learning music.

I lived in Brazil, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, and in Boston before moving to New York. Moving around so much has brought me in contact with all sorts of people and cultures and has allowed me to grow as a musician and a teacher.

My teaching philosophy draws from different traditions: Socratic teaching method, Buddhist techniques of intense focus and self-kindness, Frederich Wieck school of lyrical expression, and the detailed science of Body Mapping.
As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, I place great emphasis on relaxed technique, ear training, and the use of contemporary repertoire along with classical pieces.

My first degree was in English and French linguistics and literature. I later dedicated myself to scholarly research and completed a master’s degree in History at the University of Amsterdam.

Eventually, I decided it was time to do a rigorous program at one of the best music schools in the world so that I could perform and teach music at a high level. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with degrees in Performance and Film Scoring.

I teach online and in my Brooklyn studio.

Some of the highlights of my time in New York:

I was awarded an arts grant from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for my performance and composition work.
I was commissioned by the organization MyFace to develop and implement a program for artistic expression through music, movement, and storytelling for children and adults with facial differences.
I worked as an accompanist and music director for shows and dance classes at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

If you want to work with a real teacher who can design lessons just for you, I am the teacher you are looking for.

Whatever your goals are with music, I can help you get there! Get in touch any time to tell me about your goals and aspirations.

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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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3 Reviews

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jane Jun 12, 2018
Piano · In home

With the greatest confidence and honor I write this to celebrate Joao Martins, who has been our daughter’s piano teacher for the past year. During this year she has thrived under his passionate professionalism and  emotional enthusiasm. Teaching piano to an 8 year old has many challenges, especially with one who likes to bounce off the walls. He gave her the skills to focus before she began, taught her songs from classic jazz to contemporary pop and everything in between. He has consistently exceeded our wildest expectations.

I would sit in on most lessons and watch this extremely talented musician accompany my daughter while she learned from scratch, all the while being patient and present and always with a smile on his face. A smile born of his abiding love for music, and because he got to share that gift with a grateful child.

Yours sincerely, 

Jane Bradbury 

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Valeska May 20, 2018
Piano · In home

Joao has been my boys piano teacher for a few years. The moment they started lessons with him, they found a new interest in piano. They had lost the “passion” for it, and in Joao they found a great teacher and also a friend. It’s not easy to teach teenage boys, and Joao has been so great to them and they have advanced so much in the last years. Now my 6 year old steals part of their class because she wants to start too!

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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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