Joanne Martin is a composer, teacher and performer from Winnipeg, Canada.  Her career has touched numerous aspects of the musical community, both in North America and overseas.
As a violist, she has played in many orchestras and chamber groups, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Concertante Chamber Players.  In addition to the viola, her principal instrument, she plays violin, cello, bass, piano, and button accordion.
Joanne Martin’s experience as an educator includes teaching Suzuki violin and viola at all levels, coaching chamber music, and directing orchestras. At the University level she has taught violin, string technique and Suzuki pedagogy. She runs the Martin Suzuki Studio in Winnipeg, teaching violin, viola, and doing teacher training.
Her involvement with the Suzuki movement began shortly after her graduation from the University of Winnipeg. She has been involved with the Suzuki Association of the Americas as a Board member and volunteer.
In 2007 she was the winner of the American Suzuki Institute Suzuki Chair award for outstanding contributions in the field of Talent Education. She is in demand as a guest clinician and has taught, lectured and performed at numerous Suzuki workshops across Canada, the USA and Europe.  She currently divides her time between Canada and France.
As a composer and arranger, Joanne Martin’s best known publications are the I Can Read Music series, which are widely used internationally, and which are considered the standard beginning note-reading method for Suzuki students. Her other publications include the popular Festive Strings and the Folk String series, ViolaFest, Trio Tapestry, and Playing with Style. These ensemble works feature flexible scoring, and make it easy for teachers to include a variety of levels and instruments. Her latest series, Magic Carpet, is a set of performance pieces for the youngest beginners.
About Joanne Martin