I have bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance and have been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Kansas, Texas, and California. I continue to perform as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and duo-pianist, both in paid gigs and as fundraisers for non-profit organizations like the Young People's Symphony Orchestra and Contra Costa Interfaith Housing.
I enjoy helping students make discoveries about themselves and their talents and guiding them so that they can achieve their true potential. Perfection is a goal that will drive you crazy, but excellence is possible for anyone at any playing level. My students and I strive for excellence and celebrate it when it happens!
I am an older student who over the years have had several teachers, Mr. Morley is superior to all of them. He plays beautifully but most importantly he can teach. He brings out the best in each of us and does it with patience. I use to dread my lesson but with Mr. Morley I have actually started to look forward to them. There is no better teacher in the Bay Area.
We love Martin! He is a beautiful pianist and thoughtful teacher. My stepdaughter is learning to read music and play notes on the piano, but she is also learning musicality, elements of theory and training her ear in a way that will serve as a strong foundation for learning about and appreciating music throughout her life. I wish I would have had him as a teacher when I was younger!
I had studied piano as a child, and I began to play again after I retired. When I moved to Walnut Creek I transferred my piano lessons to Martin. I found that his lessons were much more comprehensive than my previous teacher's. In addition to helping with the basics, he teaches more subtle aspects of interpreting each piece that results in greater musicality than I had achieved before. Although this is more demanding, he is very supportive and encouraging, and I look forward to each lesson.
I studied the flute as a music major in college and returned to the piano later in life for my enjoyment. I have had many excellent music teachers throughout the years, and Martin ranks with the very best. He always starts by telling me what he appreciates about my playing in the lessons. He then goes on to make suggestions about how I can play as musically as possible. Lessons with Martin are always lively and interesting. He never assigns any of those horrible technical exercises that have been written for the piano. Instead he helps me develop my technique by suggesting fascinating and beautiful pieces to work on. I always leave my lessons musically inspired, and this carries through into my practicing between lessons. He has helped me enjoy playing the piano more and more. Martin is extremely intelligent, yet humble. He has a terrific sense of humor. And of course, his piano playing is beautiful. I cannot recommend Martin highly enough!