Dr. Joseph Eric Martinez is a veteran music teacher originally from sunny El Paso, Texas. He has lived in the Valley for the past 22 years and has taught every instrument in some capacity. He currently teaches guitar and piano at Tolleson High School, but has also taught orchestra, general music, band, choir, and drama in various school districts around the valley. In addition, he teaches several music history classes through the Maricopa County Community College District, instructs guitar and piano through the 21st Century After-School Program, teaches privately for various music studios, and is a peer-counselor for underclassmen at Estrella Mountain and the Kroc Salvation Army Center.
Martinez has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University, Master's Degrees in Music Education, Secondary Education, and Counseling. He has completed the coursework for his Doctorate in Secondary Education. He also has extensive experience, knowledge and certifications concerning ESL, Gifted Endorsement, SEI, and Special Education students that have helped him reach and help students achieve their musical goals.
His experiences as an educator, adjudicator, mentor, counselor, performer, and advisor have provided him with a strong foundation to teach every level and age of musician. His love for music, combined with his genuine fondness for working with all types of students, has also given him the ability to bring out the very best in everyone he works with and encounters. His main goal is to provide a musical experience that is fun, exciting, and stimulating for all levels of musicians whether music is just a hobby or a lifelong career.
When Martinez is not teaching, he enjoys running, hiking, exploring new restaurants, traveling, learning new instruments, and enjoying the beautiful weather.
To provide students of all ages with the support, skills, experiences, and knowledge necessary to enjoy and appreciate music for an entire lifetime. To take these acquired skills and to further broaden them so students may have a better sense of the world around them and ultimately be better members of society.