Marta Blalock

Marta B.

San Diego, CA

About Marta B.

Marta teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 1996
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I recently returned from living and performing in Japan for a year, ready to resume teaching again. I've been teaching privately and in group classes for over 20 years, both traditional and Suzuki methods. I have over 25 years of performance experience in classical music. I'm also very active in the non-classical scene I've performed with celebrities like Rihanna, Steve Wonder, Trisha Yearwood and local artists, from modern flamenco to jazz, pop, rock. I'm a recording artist and specialize in improvisation and creative collaborations.

The philosophy is to guide students' musical and educational growth through well rounded and personally tailored instruction that emphasizes practicing strategies in technical facility, musicality, history, theory and music appreciation. My students enjoy discovering and strengthening their talents through my encouragement-oriented and patient guidance. I accept students of any level, starting from age 5 to adults. My students have won auditions to youth orchestras and colleges and some are now professional musician themselves. Whether you are learning for pleasure or for life goals, my studio is open to all.

Photos and Videos

improvising with a loop pedal

Experience

Violin Performer

Feb 2015 - Jan 2016
Universal Studios Japan

Performed in a Violin Jam Quartet show in Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan

Orchestra Director

Sep 2013 - Feb 2015
Sanderling Waldorf School

Conducted and co-directed string orchestra classes.

Violin Instructor

Jan 2009 - Feb 2015
Villa Musica

Helped establishing the string program for private and group classes at Villa Musica and taught private lessons, ensembles and group classes.

Music School Director

Jan 1998 - May 2006
UGA Community Music School

I directed the program and taught lessons and group classes.

Education

Doctoral Degree in Music Performance

Jan 2004 - May 2008
University of Georgia

Masters in Musical Arts

Jan 2004 - May 2006
University of Georgia

Languages Spoken

English, Czech, Slovakian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

German, Russian, Polish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

San Diego Music Awards Nominee

Aug 2014
San Diego Music Awards

San Diego Music Awards Winner

Oct 2013
San Diego Music Awards

San Diego Music Awards Winner

Oct 2011
San Diego Music Awards

3rd place in National Solo Competition, Czech Republic

Jan 1992
Music Schools National Solo Competition

Affiliations

American String Teachers Association

Aug 1999

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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3 Reviews on Marta B.

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Laura L. Jan 26, 2017
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons with Marta for a few months now, as an adult, and am really enjoying it. Marta is clearly an incredibly talented and engaging musician who is able to translate her experience for folks, like me, who might be new to an instrument or music in general. She is skilled in music theory and technique and really focuses on ensuring her students have the foundational skills necessary to build on as they progress. I'd highly recommend her - she makes the hard work of learning a new instrument (or expanding your existing practice) incredibly fun and rewarding.
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Anne van Casteren Jun 16, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Marta is a great Cello teacher! She is very flexible, patient, kind, and great at adjusting the lessons to whatever kind of music you want learn to play. She made my experience as an adult beginner a great one. Btw, did I mention she knows a lot about multiple(!) instruments.
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Zlata S. Aug 15, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marta is great! Really flexible and really helpful! Love it!
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