Joe Martone


Business website for Baltimore musician Joe Martone: bassist, composer, educator.  Available for performing, composing, arranging, private instruction, and studio recording.


Private music lessons have always been a cornerstone of my musical journey.  I am deeply committed to providing a fun, relaxed, and comprehensive music education to all of my students.  I currently teach double bass, electric bass, guitar, and ukulele!

Lessons are developed for each individual student given their personal goals, musical interests, and learning styles. Common areas of study include music reading, ear training, proper playing technique and posture, music theory, audition preparation, and much more.

Private lessons are always beneficial to students who participate in their school's orchestra and band.  I am frequently called upon to work with middle school and high school aged bassists who are in need of extra help with their playing technique, music reading, and preparing audition material.

I currently teach lessons in my home studio in Baltimore, MD.  I also teach at Bill's Music in Catonsville, MD and Music & Arts in Laurel, MD.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Why study with me?

  • My students are successful.  They pass All State, All County, and college music program auditions.  They join bands, write their own music, build their self confidence, and develop a deeper appreciation for music and other artistic endeavors.
  • I perform regularly and encourage my students to do the same.  Music is best when shared with others!
  • I challenge my students but also believe in small victories.  Over time these add up to great accomplishments.  Music is a lifelong endeavor.  There will always be more to learn no matter how great you become.  There is no finish line so take your time and enjoy the journey.
  • I don't seek perfection.  It's more important that the student understands the material and shows commitment to improving.
  • I encourage my students to have an open mind.  This could mean being open to trying a new technique, addressing a bad habit, or simply listening to a different style of music.
  • I encourage self-reflection.  To improve as a musician one must be willing to recognize personal limitations and false preconceptions and also be humble enough to accept them and patient enough to address them.
  • I am often asked, "How long will it take me to learn to play?"  Or, "How much should I practice?"  These questions are very difficult to answer.  Ask instead: "At what point will I feel content with my accomplishments?"  The true artist is never satisfied.  Instead of dwelling on how much there is to learn, consider how far you have come in your musical journey.  There will you find inspiration to keep learning and confidence to share your music with others!