Martina Skalova

Martina S.

Chicago, IL

About Martina S.

Background check: Last verified 10/29/2015
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Martina teaches: Ages 6 and up
Teaching since: September 2006
Last sign in: 5 days ago

Overview

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 wonderful 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 Spoken

Czech

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency
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13 Reviews on Martina S.

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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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible!
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Monica J. Nov 12, 2015
Viola · Online
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
Martina has been a great instructor. We really like her for our 12 year old daughter.
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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!
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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.
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Nakia Mar 6, 2014
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Very patient, my 6yo enjoyed her first violin lesson very much!