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Martha Blakely

Beltsville MD | 20705

About me

MARTHA BLAKELY, NCTM, has performed many solo and chamber music recitals in the USA, Europe, and Africa, including appearances with the North Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Prince George's Philharmonic Concert Series, the Virginia Beach Community Orchestra Recital Series, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., the German-American Institutes and America Houses throughout Germany, as well as the U.S. Embassies in Europe and Africa. She has also been heard over WGMS Radio in Washington, D.C., and WSCL Radio in Salisbury, Maryland. A winner of many Prince George's County Arts Council Individual Artist Grants in Music, Ms. Blakely has been described by the late Dr. Scott Huston, Professor of Composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as "one of the finest pianists in the U.S. today; her technique is solid, under such control that the most difficult of works sounds as if it were just child's play." The "Saarbrucken Zeitung" (Saarbrucken Newspaper in Germany) reported that "this exceptionally delicate pianist possessed an astonishingly energetic, dynamic touch which was delightful to hear." A named STEINWAY ARTIST, Martha Blakely studied as a scholarship student under John Quincy Bass, Bela Siki, and Richard Morris at the renowned University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and also performed graduate studies. She has also studied piano under Thomas Schumacher, then professor at the University of Maryland (now professor at the Eastman School of Music); Thomas Mastroianni, professor at The Catholic University of America; and Helmut Hirshburger in Bonn, Germany. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Martha Blakely is the ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE and Studio Manager at Jordan Kitts Music School in Beltsville, Maryland, where she has over 70 piano students. Before coming to Jordan Kitts Music in 1990, Ms. Blakely taught piano in Northern Virginia; Accra, Ghana; Kinshasa, Zaire; and Bonn, Germany. Ms. Blakely is a past Vice-President of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association, a member of the Music Teachers National Association and a Faculty Member and adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Martha Blakely resides in Davidsonville, Maryland with her husband Milton Iskow and their Teacup poodle, Cricket.

Specialties

Piano, Theory, Accompanying, Chamber Music

Lesson details

  • Piano (classical), Piano (popular), Piano Technique, Piano Pedagogy, Piano Ensemble, Music Theory, Ear-Training, Harmony
  • Private Lessons, Semi-Private Lessons, and Small Group LessonsCompetition and audition preparation
  • Students participate in Recitals, Competitions, National Guild of Piano Teachers yearly auditions/evaluations
  • 1/2 hour private lesson per week is $135.00 per month
  • 1 hour private lesson per week is $270.00 per month
  • Semi private lessons and group lessons also available
  • Piano coaching available at $45.00 per 1/2 hour session or $90.00 per hour session
  • Also available as an accompanist for recitals and competitions and other events (call for rates
  • Diploma programs available through the National Guild of Piano Teachers at an additional fee

Education and Accreditation

  • Graduate studies in Piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and at the Catholic University of America
  • Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Consevatory of Music with a major in Piano Performance and a minor in voice
  • Piano studies under: Thomas Mastroianni, Thomas Schumacher, Richard Morris, Bela Siki, John Quincy Bass, and Helmut Hirshburger
  • Vocal studies under: Martha Ellison, Beverly Benso, and Jeannine Philippe

 

  • MTNA nationally certified teacher of piano
  • MSMTA state certified teacher of piano
  • Faculty member and adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers
  • Named "Steinway Artist"

Testimonials

"Dear Martha, Just wanted to thank you for auditioning the students at our Columbia Guild Center earlier this year....

"Martha, Thanks for everything you've done for me these past few years! Piano was, and will always be, a fun...

"I began my piano studies 2 1/2 years ago. I'm in my 60's and had never studied music before. Martha...

"Dear Ms. Blakely, Thanks for being a wonderful piano teacher! "

Stephanie S. - Silver Spring, MD

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$39 & under

Availability

  • Monday  1 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Tuesday  3 pm to 9:30  pm
  • Wednesday  3 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Thursday  2:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Friday  N/A
  • Saturday  8 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday  N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Chamber Music
Classical
Modern
Pop

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Faber and Faber

Instruments and Subjects

piano
theory – harmony
theory – rudiments
voice

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

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