I will guide you to achieve your goals, and help you develop solid technique, engage your creative voice, use your body in a balanced way, and explore a wide range of repertoire and genres. I plan my lessons to suit your interests and individual pace. Most importantly, I want you to have fun with your music making!
I can help you with:
Piano - notation, rhythm, reading, playing by ear, playing along to singing. I can teach you any written music (classical, pop, jazz), as well as show you the principles of playing by ear and simple improvisation.
Music theory – classical and jazz approach, anything you need help with up to Grade 8.
Songwriting - using piano (or guitar if you wish), I will guide you to develop harmonic progressions, grooves, write melodies and lyrics
I am a keen music teacher and performer. I am a trained flute player, but also enjoy teaching piano, music theory, guitar, ukulele, singing and songwriting. Curious about different musical traditions, I perform orchestral and chamber music, jazz standards, compose original music influenced by folk and jazz, and explore improvisation and musical experimentation.
I am passionate about teaching music and love helping students of all abilities to access music. I have experience teaching all ages, and enjoy helping my students achieve their musical goals and discover their creative potential. I have worked for several music departments at schools, currently Arts and Media School Islington in London. I taught sessions at the International School of Prague and International School of Music and Fine Arts Prague, and prepared students for performances and competitions as part of the Czech music education system.
As a current Master's student at Guidlhall School of Music and Drama, I have had the privilege to perform alongside such legends as Julian Joseph, Joe Stilgoe, Tim Garland, Iain Ballamy or Alison Balsom.
As an orchestral player, I have toured all over Europe with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (BBC Blue Planet II Tour 2019, including concerts for 10K audiences), the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (UK Tour 2018, including venues like Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall or Birmingham Symphony Hall) and the Pilsen Philharmonic (Harry Potter 3 Tour 2019). I performed a whole season of the Phantom of the Opera production in Prague. I have played in numerous opera and ballet productions with the North Bohemian Theatre, including master pieces like Nabucco, Aida, The Bartered Bride, The Barber of Seville, Peer Gynt, or Swan lake. I have played symphonic performances with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice, Talich Philharmonia, and contemporary music with the Berg Orchestra. In the UK, I have had the pleasure to play with the Southampton Philharmonic Society, World Harmony Orchestra, Les Fauristes Chamber Choir and Orchestra, or Adoramus Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall 2017).
I am a keen chamber musician and enjoy collaborating with my music friends. I have given recitals in London, Prague, various towns in Czechia, and Viena do Castelo (Portugal) . I have performed and recorded with Prague-based jazz ensemble Concept Art Orchestra. As a singer, I performed with Jazzmazec band and ran a project of original songs. Always looking to develop creatively, I am exploring composing with a loop station. I gave a solo loop performance at the Prague Flute Day 2018, where my students also performed my original composition and a piece we collaboratively composed. I devised and led creative music workshops for The Music FunDation, with which I am currently working on a series of educational videos on Music Theory.
I am currently pursuing postgraduate studies in Jazz Flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. I hold a First Class Honours degree from the Guildhall School, where I studied Classical Flute and Jazz Voice. I previously studied at the Prague Conservatoire, where I earned a Specialist Diploma in Flute. My studies have been kindly supported by the Guildhall School Scholarship Fund, Ministry of Culure of the Czech Republic, Split Infinitive Trust, Czech Music Fund and Foundation Život umělce.
After our first free consultation, I kindly ask that you pay for a package of lessons in advance. That package would be agreed for a half-term or a term. If you wish to discontinue lessons, I ask that you give me 4 weeks' notice. Thank you for your understanding.
I am open to discussing shorter lessons:
30 mins - £ 25
45 mins - £ 35
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DT London, UK (2013-17, since 2019)
Master of Music course undertaken from September 2019: principal study Jazz Flute
Bachelor of Music (Honours) – First Class: principal study Classical Flute, second study Jazz Voice
Prague Conservatoire, Na Rejdišti 1, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic (2011-14)
‘Specialist Diploma’ (‘DiS.’) in Flute
Instrumental skills: classical and jazz flute (including piccolo) at professional level, alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, piano – all at Grade 5 standard, essential knowledge of folk guitar and ukulele
Other musical skills: essential conducting (2-term course undertaken during BMus studies), rehearsal leading, arranging for orchestra or jazz band (level-appropriate for students), song-writing, singing
Music technology skills: notation in Sibelius / Musescore, recording and basic sound production in Logic / Studio One 4, basic video editing in Wondershare Filmora / Windows Movie Maker, working knowledge of loop pedals (Boss RC-3, JamMan looper)
Music teaching experience
My teaching positions listed below have included the following responsibilities:
• planning and delivering lessons, preparing study materials, continually monitoring pupils’ progress
• following official curriculum set by the schools
• managing electronic attendance and progress databases
• preparing pupils for public concerts, competitions and assessments
• taking part in faculty meetings, assessment panels, and helping to revise and plan curricula
Private teaching (since 2013-ongoing)
1-1 lessons in flute, piano, guitar – during Covid-19 tuition carried out online via Zoom / Skype
Arts and Media School Islington, London (10/2019-ongoing)
group flute and beginners’ ensemble leader, as part of the MiSST scheme (7th graders)
Art school ZUŠ Hostivař, Prague, Czech Republic (01-08/2019)
group recorder and 1-1 flute (ages 8-19)
grade 8 standard student performed Fantaisie by G. Fauré in her final performance exam
Music studio of Lucie Dittrichová, Prague, CZ (09/2017-06/2019)
group recorder, 1-1 flute, group guitar (ages 6-adults)
Art school ZUŠ Ratibořická, Prague (01-08/2018)
1-1 recorder, 1-1 flute and flute choir leader (ages 6-19)
flute choir performed arranged and original pieces – composed with students through collaborative improvisation techniques
grade 8 standard student performed in a regional competition
Art school ZUŠ Buštěhrad, CZ (09-12/2017)
1-1 recorder, flute and group musicianship class (ages 5-16)
International School of Prague (external work 09-06/2017)
leader of sectional band rehearsals and flute classes (ages 9-14)
Southwark Music Service + St George the Martyr Primary School, London (sub teacher 05-7/2017)
substitute teacher of flute, group recorder, leader of orchestral sectional rehearsals
Prior Weston Primary School, London (external work 10/2016, 01-03/2017)
supporting workshop leader in a year 4 and a SEN class (creative work in a group of mixed abilities)
International School of Music and Fine Arts, Prague (01-06/2016)
teacher of group recorder, 1-1 piano and musicianship (ages 5-13)
Art school ZUŠ Vlašim, CZ (03-06/2016)
1-1 recorder and flute (ages 8-15)
Further musical experience
• Founder and leader of workshops on creativity and music theory in practice for adults: focussed on developing new musical ideas, improvisation and collaborative composition (for The Music FunDation in Prague in 2018-19)
• Recording activities: self-recorded collaborative jazz recitals in a home studio during Covid-19 period; Concept Art Orchestra (Prague, jazz ensemble, recorded CD in 08/2018)
• Chamber music recitals: summer 2020 outdoor chamber music performances with a Wind trio in Prague; in 2018 flute and piano duo recitals at festivals Prague museum night, Summer music in Štěkeň; in 2018 performed with an international trio in Czech Republic and Portugal
• Song composition: wrote and performed own music; organised independent concerts in Prague and London; performed at festival United Islands of Prague 2016
• Instrumental composition: wrote and performed a piece in response to an art installation at the Curve in Barbican Centre (2016); wrote and arranged compositions with a loop station, presented as a solo act at Prague Flute Day 2018; wrote a piece for flute choir, performed by my students in 2018
Pilsen Philharmonic (Harry Potter 3 Tour, Germany / Austria, 04/2019)
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (BBC Blue Planet II Tour, Germany and Sweden, 02/2019)
Czech National Symphony Orchestra (UK Tour 11-12/2018, including concerts in the Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall etc.)
North Bohemian Theatre (CZ, 09-10/2018 orchestral member, further freelance projects)
Goja Music Hall (Prague, musical theatre, orchestral member in the 2018/19 season)
Adoramus Orchestra (London, several projects 2014-2017, including a concert in the Royal Albert Hall)
World Harmony Orchestra (London, several projects in 2016/17, including socially engaged music)
Berg Orchestra (Prague, project 04/2016, contemporary specialisation)
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice (CZ, several projects in 2015/16)
Southampton Philharmonic Society (UK, project 06/2015)
Talich Philharmonia (Prague, project 04/2014)
Summer Music Academy Orchestra (Germany, 07/2014, orchestral training)
Jazz performance experience
Guildhall Jazz Orchestra with Tim Garland (Milton Court Concert Hall, 01/2020,)
Guilhdall Studio Orchestra with Joe Stilgoe (Milton Court Concert Hall, 01/2020)
Guildhall Jazz Orchestra with Julian Joseph (Barbican Hall, 09/2019)
Concept Art Orchestra (Prague-based jazz ensemble, recorded CD 08/2018, performed with 05/2019)
Band member: Rhythms of the City (London, samba band led by Barak Schmool, involved since 09/2019), (Im)Possibilities (London, led by Paul Griffiths, 2014-2017, original improvised compositions), Jazzmazec (Prague-based jazz group, several projects since 2016, involved as a singer and flautist)
Other work experience
Glossa, s. r. o., Prague (01-08/2016, 09/2017-present)
tutor of English as a Foreign Language (teaching adult clients in company and public courses)
responsible for testing and assessing language level of students, course planning based on clients’ learning needs, preparation for standardized B2 exams (FCE, JetSet), assessing students‘ progress
Profinit, s. r. o., Prague (10-12/2015)
receptionist and administrative assistant in a software development company
responsible for initial contact with all incoming members of the public, communicating with clients, administrative tasks (saving invoices in a database, mail management, ad hoc tasks), errands
Study grants from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, Split Infinitive, Foundation Život umělce, Czech music fund – received between 2013-20
Finalist of the Needlemakers’ Prize competition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2017)
Scholarships for masterclasses in Luxembourg and Liechtenstein (2013)
Flautiáda Competition, Slovakia – 2nd prize in flute in an international contest (2011)
ASSIST Scholar 2009-10 in a year-long exchange programme at Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire, USA (full scholarship for tuition and board; graduated Cum Laude)
I really loved lessons with Martina. She is a great flute player and she can pass her experience on to her students very well. She taught me classical music, jazz, modern music and also improvisation or playing by heart, so the lessons were enjoyable and not boring at all. She was patient and when I needed help with something I didn’t get, she was ready to explain it again and again. Thanks to her I didn’t give up playing the flute but I’m loving it. She is the best teacher I’ve ever had.
Martina is an excellent music teacher. I was her employer in Prague for two years. She taught my clients flute, recorder and guitar. Her students made considerable progress and performed well in end-of-term concerts. My clients appreciated her friendly and enthusiastic approach. She was always professional and committed to her work. I can happily recommend her for any future students wishing to take their music to the next level.
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