Manny Martinez Guitar Lessons

Manny Martinez Guitar Lessons

4.9 (13)
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1 employee
16 years in business

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Manny Martinez is a highly trained professional guitarist. Manny graduated Magna Cum Laude from the world renowned Berklee College of Music in 2006 and has been working as a professional musician and educator ever since. Students are often amazed at the results they experience from taking private lessons with Manny. Several of these students have gone on to pursue professional music careers of their own. All levels are welcome, from total beginners, hobbyists, and those who wish to pursue careers as professional musicians. 

I genuinely love to teach guitar. I love to teach music. The best part is seeing it change people's lives right before my eyes. I'm proud to say that many of my students have had their lives improve significantly as a result of studying guitar and music with me. It is a truly humbling experience to be able to share the gift of music with students, and watch them grow week after week, month after month, and year after year. 

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Salem, OR 97302
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13 Reviews


  • Matt K

    I've taken 7 lessons with Manny so far and I am learning a ton. He was able to listen to what I was interested in learning and structure my lessons around my interests while at the same time moving me forward in a well rounded way, pushing me to do the things that I am reluctant to do but that he knows in the long run will benefit my overall playing. I recommend lessons with Manny if you want to up your guitar playing with the theory that supports better playing.

  • Michael Moreton

    I took lessons with Manny for a year and he was a great teacher. He's extremely knowledgeable and easy to get along with. I progressed so much in my knowledge in musical theory and playing ability while learning from Manny.

  • Amber Haider

    Manny is a great teacher. He has found the perfect balance of pushing students toward their potential but keeping it fun and relaxed. High expectations in a positive environment! As an adult student I appreciated that he gave me choices about how I wanted to proceed and what worked with my busy life and family schedule. I’ve referred several students to him because I think he is the best!!

  • Lisa Bryan

    Manny is so personable that he really made this beginner feel comfortable. He had me playing Beethoven on day one and I was Jamming with him by the end of the first month! I look forward to becoming a bad ass ukulele player and I have Manny to thank for the inspiration to challenge myself. And Practice of course 😁

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

The first lesson involves taking an inventory of the students current knowledge and skills. From there, we will develop a personalized plan, specific to the indivual student's musical tastes and goals. 

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

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2006. Since then, I have been an active performer and private instructor. My live performaces and session work has covered a broad spectrum, including Rock, Jazz, Classical, Blues, Solo guitar, Top 40, Funk, and more. 

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

I generally sell lessons in packs of 4. The pricing is as follows.

4 lessons - 30 min each - $120

4 lessons - 45 min each - $160 

4 lessons - 60 min each - $200

1 individual 30 min lesson - $35

I accept Cash, Check, Venmo, CashApp, and Paypal

How did you get started teaching?

I first started teaching in high school. I was about 15 years old when I started teaching my first private lessons to my fellow high school classmates. After graduating from Berklee I started teaching full time and have done so ever since. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All levels, from total beginner to seasoned pros. I've had students everywhere from age 5-80. Although I generally have an age cutoff around 8 years old, depending on the maturity of the student. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently had a former student take a few lessons with me online via Zoom. She had studied with me for 5 years and then went on to Graduate from Berklee with a bachelors degree in music. She recently went on to graduate with a Masters degree from Berklee. It was awesome to see how far she has come since starting lessons with me when she was a kid. She is now a seasoned pro with the potential and tools for a successful career in music. 

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

Even though you technically don't have to go to music school to become a great musician, it is generally a wise decision to seek out an instructor that has a formal education. 

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

Think about what your goals are for the long term. Don't be afraid to DREAM BIG. In fact, if you are reading this, i highly encourage you to DREAM BIG! But whatever your goals may be, even if to purely play as a hobby and be able to strum a little bit around the campfire, articulate your goals to your prospective teacher and see if they think they are the right fit for you.