Martan Mann

Martan Mann

5.0 (23)
Best of 2019
1 hire on
48 years in business

About this pro

My name is Martan Mann.  I am a professional jazz pianist, with an MA in Classical Piano.  I've been teaching piano 40 years, have authored three internationally published books on jazz piano improvisation.  Also, I'm the author of an extensive online jazz piano course, JazzSkills for Piano (you will receive free access to this course if you are a regular private student).  

I teach primarilly at West Valley Music Store in Mt. View.  I'm happy to give you a free 20-minute interview.  I live in Boulder Creek and teach at home on Mondays.  Check out my website:

I live to play, teach and enjoy music.  Music is my life.

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Mountain View, CA 94041
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23 Reviews


  • Dan Kirk

    Good vibe. Teaches at a pace he feels is right for the student. Lesson time flies by - this is good thing.

  • Janet Mastropietro

    He's a excellent teacher who has published a couple of books on piano theory. He knows what to teach when to help a student reach their potential.

  • Carlos Burns

    I have not studied with Martan but know him to be a superb pianist and excellent teacher: his use of tunes in his lessons is excellent, I think... sincererly, below

  • David Strange

    I truly enjoy studying jazz piano with Martan Mann. Here are some of the reasons why: Martan is a superb musician, much in demand, respected by other working musicians. Plays a wide variety of gigs, both solo and ensemble. What a treat to get one-on-one time and attention from a teacher of this caliber! Martan's approach to teaching is to help one master skills and get them into one's subconscious. The goal is to develop one's own "voice", to be able to play one's own complete musical ideas, and to express emotion through music. Not just read from a page or play memorized licks. Martan is creative, inventive. Not just in his own playing, but in his approach to teaching. He's great at coming up with multiple ways/techniques/analogies to communicate a concept, and to help get it into one's subconscious. Martan is amazingly patient, supportive, and positive. He guides you toward perfection - in how you touch the keyboard, how you listen deeply to the sound you are creating, how you feel the emotion of the music, etc. - but always in an enjoyable, comfortable way. Finally, I would say that you just won't find a nicer person than Martan.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I teach a step-by-step process.  The student is given a small exercise to play over-and-over, until it is firmly in the subconscious.  Then, we move on to the next exercise.

This is the only way to become a proficient improviser.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have an MA in classical piano.  In addition, I have studied with many prominent jazz teachers, such as:   Kenny Werner, Art Lande, Mark Levine, Don Haas.  Also, I am a performing jazz pianist.  

In addition, I have authored three internationally published books on jazz piano.  Also, I currently have an extensive online jazz piano course, JazzSkills for Piano.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My personal lessons are $65 for a 45 minute lesson.  

How did you get started teaching?

I love teaching and have been teaching for 45 years.

What types of students have you worked with?

Again, I love teaching piano.  I work with all students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Too many to mention.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher who understands your goals.  The teacher should have an organized method to help you to achieve your musical goals.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals?  How much effort and time are you prepared to achieve those goals?