Marta Maroto is a Spanish pianist and teacher, co-director and Head Teacher of MMQ Piano Studio in NW London. She started to study Classical Ballet at the age of 8 and three years later she started her piano studies. From that moment onward she developed both paths with the same passion. It was in 2001 when she finished her Ballet Degree and also started to have her first piano teaching experiences. At that point she decided to focus in her piano career and study both the Piano Performance as well as the Piano Pedagogy degree.
During her studying years, she started teach regular and more advanced piano students. Soon after finishing her degree she became a piano teacher and head of the piano department in the Valdemoro Music School (Madrid) and continued her professional development with postgraduate piano teaching seminars in Alcalá de Henares University.
It is in 2011 when she decides to move to London and establish her teaching practice here. Her new students are benefiting massively from her Spanish background and influences and she is also getting further English qualifications. This is why she becomes a member of the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA), and a graduate with distinction of its highly regarded Piano Teachers’ Course. The course is the UK’s leading professional development course solely for piano teachers. After 7 years of running a very successful Piano Studio, Marta has expanded it to a Piano School (MMQ Piano Studio) where she acts as Head Teacher and coaches all teachers, so everyone follows the same strategies, ethos, curriculum and materials.
Marta has more than 16 years experience teaching the piano. She teaches a wide range of students, from 3 years of age to adults. Although she has specialized in classical music she can teach all styles, from classical to modern, also at all levels. Her lessons connect all areas of musical learning such as technique, aural, theory, reading skills, improvisation, composition and musical styles. These connections are carefully crafted for the student to understand musical elements from all different angles possible. Each pupil has a tailor made curriculum depending on the skills, needs and goals. Marta will not ‘fast track’ a pupil through exams by compromising on the development of secure musical foundations.
Through the years of experience in Spain and London, she has developed a solid and comprehensive curriculum to ensure her students a deep understanding. This curriculum is not only based around playing, but supported by games for the younger ones, lots of curious exploration, movement activities etc. And complemented with group lessons every month for kids and meet ups for adults. A great way to socialize and learn from others, denying the idea that playing the piano is a lonely activity. Marta also works with specific programs for preschoolers, kids, teenagers and adults.