Martin Connor

Martin C.

Bryn Mawr, PA

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Martin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2012

"Don't hear the song how YOU hear it; hear your song how your LISTENER will hear it!"<—My first lesson for making rap; that one's free ;)

Yo! My name's "Maestro" Martin Connor, and for the past 7 years, I've spent every minute of every day working with rap and hip hop not "just" as a musician, but as a journalist, author, scholar, DJ, and performer...and even a concert performer & artist manager sometimes! I now take all of this knowledge from rap, and use it to teach students how to make the best damn rap out there. I've taught over 50 students more than 150 lessons through an engaging 1-on-1, 1-hour format on Skype, and those videos can be seen on my YouTube channel (which has over 700 subscribers and more than 3000 hours of watching!) Because I've written multiple books, released many albums, and gained over 30 million lifetime views on my website, there is no problem for a beginning rapper that I have not encountered and overcome.

So DAMN! You still haven't messaged me? C'mon, what are you waiting for! Ha, talk to you soon!

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Rap Teacher
Feb 2011 - Present

I've taught over 50 students more than 150 1-hour lessons in rapping skills like having better delivery; turning your life into a story anyone would want to hear about; picking beats; and more. My YouTube channel, which has over 150 videos of lessons like these on it, has a total of 3000 hours of watching.

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M.F.A. in musicology
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Brandeis University
B.A. in Music
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Duke University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Master's Thesis Research Grant
Mar 2017
Brandeis University
Henri Schuman Award in Composition
May 2012
Duke University
Benenson Award In The Arts
Feb 2011
Duke University
Creative Arts Research Grant
Jan 2011
Duke University
Undergraduate Senior Thesis Grant
Dec 2010
Duke University
First Place, New Music For Ancient Instruments Composition Contest
Apr 2010
Duke University


Jan 2011

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

Photos & Videos

A 12-minute excerpt of a 1-hour lesson I did with a Canadian rapper name ACT.
Photo by Martin C.

A quick primer video that explains all the necessary music theory that a rapper has to know in order to make rap.
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4 Reviews

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Austin Aug 14, 2018
Hip Hop & Rap · Online

Martin has a very analytical way of breaking down lyrics into their most basic parts and explaining them in a way anyone can understand. He has helped me improve my music greatly in a way that didn't affect my vision or the direction of my art.

Geordie Aug 13, 2018
Hip Hop & Rap · Online

Martin is so knowledgeable and helpful. He spent a lot of time working over my music and gave me top-notch advice. Moreover, he took what I was doing seriously and engaged with me as an artist. Working with him both taught me a lot and also boosted my confidence. If you're looking to develop as a rapper, there's no one I could recommend more highly.

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LoKi Aug 13, 2018
Hip Hop & Rap · Online

Martin has a comprehensive understanding of rap. I was impressed by his ability to perceive my weakness' and prescribe a solution. Whether you are looking for assistance with your rhyming abilities, content, flow, etc., he can help!

Leviticuss Aug 13, 2018
Arrangement and Composition · Online

Very informational and a pleasure to work with. Will be working with Martin again in the near future

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