Michael E. Martin, after teaching public school instrumental music for 40 years, is a private teacher and free-lance performer in the Philadelphia area, and serves on the faculty of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Mr. Martin is co-author of Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series for Strings, and is co-author in The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory, all published by GIA. Mr. Martin has received the Citation of Excellence from PMEA and the 2013 PADESTA Outstanding String Teacher Award. He is a frequent conference presenter, and has been a visiting lecturer in Music Education at Michigan State University, The University of South Carolina, Temple University, Duquesne University, The University of Delaware, The University at Buffalo, The University of Texas at Arlington, Rowan University, and the Music Academy of St. Cecilia in Lisbon, Portugal. Mr. Martin earned a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of PA, and a M.M. in Music Education from West Chester University of PA. He holds further graduate credits from The New England Conservatory, Vander Cook College of Music, Drexel University, and Temple University, where he studied extensively with Edwin E. Gordon.