About: Joao Martins
Instrument you teach: Piano and Saturday Music Project (music theory).
Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? Percussion and Guitar.
Education: B.M. from Berklee College of Music, M.A. from University of Amsterdam.
Where are you from? Portugal.
Favorite age group to teach: Every age group has something that makes it a rewarding experience.
Favorite style of music to teach: Jazz and Brazilian.
Favorite song: That changes every few days but it’s frequently A Day In The Life by The Beatles.
Favorite piece of music: Constantly changing. From Coltrane to Chopin to Ravi Shankar.
Favorite food: Yes. But I guess Mexican, if I had to choose.
Favorite color: Blue.
Do you have any pets? No pets.
What’s your favorite musical memory? Singing folkloric songs with percussion masters atop of a hill in one of the oldest favelas of Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.
What do you like best about teaching music? To be able to create a context where the students can grow and develop their potential. It’s a mutually beneficial process.
Who is your favorite composer or musician? Right now, probably Egberto Gismonti.
What was the first piece of music you ever learned? I wish I could remember.
How many hours a day do you practice? Two to three.
How long have you been at TBMS? Since 2015.
Feel free to list any competitions, musical accomplishments, roles, performances of note, etc. I have performed in the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, and Portugal, as well as at the Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston and all over New York. I recently toured South Korea with my quartet. Performing every night while dealing with a 14-hour jet lag was quite the experience.
Any fun facts about yourself that you would like to share? I can quote verbatim entire scenes of Arrested Development episodes.