Martina Skalova

Martina S.

Chicago, IL
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About

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Martina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 6+

Teaching since:
September 2006

Hi! My name is Martina and I am a classically trained violist. In May of 2013 I received a Master of Music from Roosevelt University, where I studied with Lawrence Neuman of the Chicago Symphony. I received an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin with Sally Chisholm of the Pro Arte quartet. The only thing I love more than playing viola is sharing the joy of music with others! I've received training on violin and viola and can't wait to start teaching you or your child.



*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my approach to each student to make sure that:
1.) The student is getting exactly what he/she wants out of the lessons.
2.) The lessons are an appropriate difficulty for the student.
3.) A student's strengths and weaknesses are being addressed with a tailor-made lesson plan and long-term goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a stand. Student is responsible for purchasing an instrument, and any sheet music. I can definitely advise on an instrument to purchase and will instruct with specific music requests.

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Experience

Violin/Viola Teacher
Oct 2015 - Present
Stevenson High School PREP Academy

At Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, I work with children of all ages in a private lesson setting! It's a wonderful setting and a great program.

Education

Master of Music in Viola Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Chicago College of Performing Arts
Bachelor of Music, Viola Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2011
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Languages

Czech
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency

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14 Reviews

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MacKenzie Apr 5, 2017
Violin · Online

MacKenzie Stokes Aug 3, 2016
Violin · Online

Martina is very skilled at what she does, and she is an amazing teacher. She pointed out all of my strengths and weaknesses at the first lesson, and she always teaches at my pace and not her own, giving me the opportunity to completely learn something before moving on to more difficult things. She is overall a very friendly person who you will feel incredibly comfortable to be around, and she always does the best job that she can to teach me every single lesson. I look forward to our lessons every week, and I am simply amazed by how much I am progressing under her guidance.

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Dr. K. May 10, 2016
Violin · In home

Martina is flexible enough to adjust to a student's needs. She is knowledgeable, paces at the student's rate, and offers good pointers for better playing. I am an older student, and Martina is able to relate to my needs while teaching me helpful tips each lesson.
Dr. Judy Koenigsberg

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Dr. K. May 10, 2016
Violin · In home

Martina is flexible enough to adjust to a student's needs. She is knowledgeable, paces at the student's rate, and offers good pointers for better playing. I am an older student, and Martina is able to relate to my needs while teaching me helpful tips each lesson.

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Joshua Allen Dec 28, 2015
Viola · Online

Friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible!

Monica J. Nov 12, 2015
Viola · Online

My daughter's confidence and skills as a violist have grown tremendously while under Martina's tutelage. I'm so pleased with the online lessons which give us the quality of an exceptional instructor in the comfort of our own home and on our schedule. Finding Martina has been a blessing to my daughter and her music.

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Karen B. Oct 15, 2015
Violin · In home

My 14 year old daughter looks forward to her lessons with Martina each week, is learning so much AND having fun. Martina is kind, patient, attentive and knows her 'stuff". It is obvious that she is passionate about not only music, but also about transferring that passion to her students. Martina is a wonderful teacher and we are grateful to have found her!

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Christine B. Oct 30, 2014
Viola · In home

Martina has been a great instructor. We really like her for our 12 year old daughter.

Melody Mar 6, 2014
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Martina is a great instructor and takes the time to explain all the important basics when starting out on the strings. Martina is very qualified and a wonderful communicator. She made me feel at ease and I am looking forward to the next lesson!

Idell Mar 6, 2014
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Martina is very helpful and she found out my problems even before I tell them to her and helped me in solving them very quickly. She is a great teacher. I would love to continue with her lessons further.

Nakia Mar 6, 2014
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Very patient, my 6yo enjoyed her first violin lesson very much!

Miguel G. Nov 18, 2013
Violin ·

A highly recommended professional colleague, performer and teacher

Martina is an incredibly talented professional violist and teacher. As a violinist and former TakeLessons instructor, I know that Martina would be an excellent teacher for anyone seeking to learn the violin or viola. Having performed with her on many occasions in both chamber and orchestral settings, I know from personal experience that her technical ability is impressive. Furthermore, she is an incredibly warm person who can easily make a new student feel at home. I would be happy to give a more detailed recommendation for Martina upon request. She is a wonderful teacher and player and I cannot recommend her enough!

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Jana K. Nov 17, 2013
Viola ·

Wonderful music teacher

Martina has a great passion for music which shows through her performance. Her level of musical perfection, synergy with the instrument and the beauty of the music will make you emotional.
Martina's professionalism, reliability and empathy makes her an ideal teacher professional.

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Sydney H. Nov 7, 2013
Viola ·

Incredibly thoughtful and knowledgeable!

I have worked with Martina at the Round Top Festival Institute in Texas. Her extensive technical training and a thorough understanding of musical styles is evident. She is a wonderful player who is equipped with the expertise needed to facilitate the growth of developing musicians. All students will benefit from her thoughtful approach to violin/viola playing.

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