Jonathan Martin
Saint Louis, MO
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Jonathan Martin

Jonathan M.

Saint Louis, MO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
First and foremost I strive to help cultivate a love for the cello and all it has to offer. Let's find out together how we can help you reap the maximum benefit from this wonderful instrument!

We are lucky today in that we live in a time where so many cello resources are readily available. This allows us to be flexible in our approach to the instrument and also allows us to move in any direction we wish to explore. This is crucial in how we will structure our lessons together. We will build solid technical foundations, healthy physical and mental habits, and, most importantly, we will ask many questions of the instrument, composers, music, and instructor!

About Jonathan M.

Hello there and welcome!

My name is Jonny and I am a St. Louis based cellist. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Cello Performance at the University of Missouri – St Louis where I studied under Kurt Baldwin (cellist of the Arianna String Quartet). While at UMSL, I had the privilege of being the UMSL Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist for three years. I've also had the opportunity to study chamber and orchestral music at the Arianna Chamber Music Festival, the Marrowstone Music Festival, the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, and other such summer programs. I maintain an active teaching schedule and love to actively share music in retirement centers, churches, and child care facilities.

I find the cello and music both immensely fulfilling in my personal life My goal in teaching is to help others discover all that these experiences have to offer. There is something for everyone to gain and love with this wonderful instrument. I have experience teaching all ages and experience levels and we can easily make the cello work for you. I am very excited to get started and dive in together!


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10 Reviews
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Great Experience. On time, polite and good teacher. My son liked him. He is a keeper.

Posted Mar 25, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He was relatable to my 10 year old and thouroughly covered several essential techniques and excercises to practice.

Posted Nov 10, 2016
Maelon E.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I could hear a difference in my son's playing within the first lesson. The lesson just ended and my son is already looking forward to lesson two, thanks to Jonny's combination of expertise, enthusiasm, patience and encouragement.

Posted Sep 1, 2016
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A wonderful teacher. I only had a few lessons from him before I had to move, but they were excellent and I was thoroughly impressed. Great with kids too; he taught a young girl lessons right before mine. Patient, kind, knowledgeable.. all the best qualities!

Posted Jun 25, 2016
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Jonny is an excellent teacher because of his own skill, experience, and prowess on the cello. He is patient with his students, but he also has high expectations that motivate his students to work hard. What sets him apart from other teachers is that he is also fun and engaging, with a dynamic personality. Jonny has worked with some of the area's finest cellists and has performed in many different capacities. This gives him a broader background for more well-rounded instruction. I would recommend Jonny as a cello teacher to anyone!

Posted Jun 9, 2016
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His experience shows in the quality of his lessons. He really knows what he is doing and is a great teacher!

Posted Jun 8, 2016
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My experience with Jonny was a very enriching one! Not only does he simply and patiently explain technique and other musical elements, but he effectively explains the reason for the different techniques and musical elements. This not only helps the learner master a piece of music, but also molds the learner into a more competent musician. I highly recommend Jonny for anyone seeking music to enrich their lives!

Posted Jun 7, 2016
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I was really impressed with Jonny's musicality and ability to transfer knowledge to my young son. He is a fine teacher.

Posted Jun 7, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great technique with young students. Very patient and you will see results.

Posted Jun 7, 2016
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Highly motivated and attentive teacher. Patient and knowledgeable. I highly recommend.

Posted Jun 7, 2016

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Cello Teacher
May 2007 - Present

Private Cello Studio


Cello Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2020

University of Missouri - Saint Louis



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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