Marta Blalock

Marta B.

Long Beach, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
-- In light of recent COVID-19 developments, I'm opening my studio to online lessons only until further notice. Current online lessons discounted pricing is available through end of May 2020 only --
I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I help my students with their individual goals, whether learning for fun or for career. Any level viola students, from age 8 and on (Parents presence may be required for online lessons). Variety of Methods and styles: Suzuki, Traditional, Royal Conservatory, non-classical, improvisation, electric viola or 5-string electric viola. I performed with Rihanna, Steve Wonder, Trish Yearwood and more. I've played in Carnegie Hall and many renowned stadiums all over the US and venues abroad.

About Marta B.

In light of recent COVID-19 developments, I'm opening my studio to online lessons only until further notice. Current online lessons discounted pricing is available through end of May 2020 only.
I'm an easy going, very experienced, highly qualified teacher with a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. I recently moved to Long Beach and I'm excited to start my teaching studio here. 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.

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Jose Manuel
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From the beginning I was astonished with Marta' s overall prior experienced, which in all encourage me to take classes with her. She is highly patient and explains all her lessons in a way that I can understand perfectly. Marta is highly dedicated and devoted to her students, overall I am more than satisfied with her lessons and effort.

Posted Nov 8, 2017
Cassidy
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Marta is a talented musician who translates her skills into a managable learning program. As an adult beginner, I appreciate her flexibility, patience, kindness, and easy-to-understand instruction. I have a great time in her lessons!

Posted May 10, 2017
Laura L.
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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.

Posted Jan 26, 2017
Anne van Casteren
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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.

Posted Jun 16, 2016
Zlata S.
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Marta is great! Really flexible and really helpful! Love it!

Posted Aug 15, 2014

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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

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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