Our guest today, Jayson Martínez is recognized as the first guitar major in the history of the prestigious Arts High School in Newark, NJ. Hear about his journey from being a guitar student to now owning a music school while running a guitar orchestra. He shared some insights into the world of classical guitar and how to get started as a guitarist. He also shared some tips on developing self-esteem and confidence through music that will help you foster your students’ love of playing the guitar. If you are looking to create an environment where your students can be successful and enjoy the learning process, then this podcast is for you.
“The essence of education is to make sure that you really hone in onto what the student really likes.” – Jayson Martinez
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Today’s Guest Jayson Martínez is recognized as the first guitar major in the history of the prestigious Arts High School in Newark, NJ, the nation’s first high school of the Visual and Performing Arts. This experience led him to attend New Jersey City University, where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Ana María Rosado. He earned degrees in Music Education (B.A.), Music Performance (M.Mus.), and Educational Supervision and Administration (M.EdLd.). As Director of Guitar Studies at his Alma Mater, Mr. Martínez has garnered several awards, including the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award and a also nominee for the GRAMMY Music Educator’s Award.
Currently, Mr. Martínez serves as the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) Chairman for Guitar Education. He is also the Director of the NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble and National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Representative for the Council of Guitar Education. He is also an adjunct Professor of Guitar Studies at Kean University. An established classical guitarist, Mr. Martínez served as the concertmaster for the renowned New York City Classical Guitar Orchestra for over a decade. In 2021, he founded the New Jersey Guitar Orchestra, where he also serves as conductor. Staying true to his roots, he is also the proprietor of Tremolo Music Studio LLC in Clifton, NJ, where he provides music education to aspiring musicians of all ages.
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