Gregory Martin, Music Teacher
Mr. Martin joined Capital City in 2009. He holds a Master of Music in Composition with an emphasis on Stage Music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Musicology (music history) with a minor in Philosophy.
Mr. Martin began his teaching career as Director of Percussion at Mohonasen Senior High School in Schenectady, New York in 1993. He was a Band Director at Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, VA and has been on the Faculty as a Guest Lecturer at The Catholic University of America.
Aside from teaching, Mr. Martin is also a writer, composer, musicologist, and playwright. He has written non-fiction essays on aesthetics, modern music, electronic music, music pedagogy, music theory, music education, sociology, and philosophy. Mr. Martin's play, Poe, received a two-month run at the historic Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis Maryland in 2015. He has presented numerous lectures on a variety of musical topics. Mr. Martin presented at the poster session of American Musicological Society’s fall meeting in Richmond in 2015 on “The Record and the Creation of Hip-Hop Culture: How Technology Helped Create an African-American Musical Style.” In 2014, Mr. Martin was a part of the Guest Artist Lecture Series, at The University of Texas at Tyler, giving the lectures: “Crafting a Life as a Creative Artist,” “From Formula to Fanfare: How Music Education Moved from a Science to a Performance-Based Curriculum,” “Minimalism-Introduction and Analysis,” and Composition Master Classes. Before shifting his focus to the writing of prose Mr. Martin was a composer. As a composer he scored over forty dramatic plays, has written for choir, voice, small and large ensemble, electronica, and had an opera performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage—which Mr. Martin not only composed the musical score but also wrote the libretto. His music has been performed on both coasts and a selection of his works are published by Westphalia Press. Mr. Martin’s fiction writing includes short stories, plays, and he is currently writing his second novel.