Martina Skalova

Martina S.

Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I received advanced Music Theory instruction during my time in school and am comfortable teaching everything from chords, how to read music to counterpoint, sonata form and Schenkerian analysis.

About Martina S.

Hi! My name is Martina and I am a classically trained violist. For my background, 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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25 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

She is the best teacher ever!!!!!! She taught me a lot and is super friendly!!!!

Posted Mar 19, 2020
Bianca S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughter really enjoyed the lesson!

Posted Dec 9, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Wonderful, patient and engaging. Best teacher for a beginner 9-year-old.

Posted Dec 5, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Awesome teacher! Patient and super friendly.

Posted Dec 5, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I have been for first lesson at Martina’s studio violin . She is a very kindly teacher, very patient. I think, she can do learn my son to play violin .

Posted Aug 29, 2019
Dimitrios D.
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Martina is a good teacher, and a lovely person!

Posted Aug 10, 2019
Isabella R.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

She is nice and good violin's teacher for my daughter 5 yrs old that she is a beginner in the violin instrument.

Posted Apr 13, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Since my son began working with Martina, he has progressed by leaps and bounds. Martina is very professional and wonderful with my child!! She’s prompt and reliable. We love her!

Posted Oct 22, 2018
Kennedy M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Martina is an accomplished musician who has an awesome professional teaching method that makes my daughter feel extremely successful after each lesson.

Posted Jul 27, 2018
Stephanie Pp
Profile-location-home Student's Home

felt welcomed and looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Apr 4, 2018
MacKenzie Stokes
Profile-location-online 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.

Posted Aug 3, 2016
Dr. K.
Profile-location-home Student's 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

Posted May 10, 2016
Dr. K.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted May 10, 2016
Joshua Allen
Profile-location-online Online

Friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible!

Posted Dec 28, 2015
Monica J.
Profile-location-online 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.

Posted Nov 12, 2015
Karen B.
Profile-location-home Student's 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!

Posted Oct 15, 2015
Christine B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Oct 30, 2014


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!

Posted Mar 6, 2014


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

Posted Mar 6, 2014


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.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Miguel G.

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!

Posted Nov 18, 2013
Jana K.

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.

Posted Nov 17, 2013
Sydney H.

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.

Posted Nov 7, 2013
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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.


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



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