Providing acclaimed Suzuki method education for strong technique and a beautiful sound.

Now offering in person and remote lessons:

available via Zoom available via FaceTime

Studio Mission

"To help students build a strong foundation of technique, music literacy, and artistry, and foster a lifelong connection with their instrument and a wider world of music and culture."

Studio members enjoy activities that build skill, artistry, and community, including:

  • Multilevel Studio Class
  • Consultations and Single Classes
  • Chamber Ensemble for adult students
  • Fall and Spring Recitals
  • Holiday Performance at the Wimberly Trail of Lights
  • Park Evenings in May and June
  • Master Classes with nationally known artists

For more information about scheduling, fees, and studio policies, contact me at

About Me

Jennifer Martens holding violin

I’m a lifelong player. I grew up in a rich musical environment in Ohio, and came to Austin in 2003 via upstate New York. Committed to professional growth, I’m always learning. I practice daily and take frequent advantage of classes and coaching. I recently attended the Texas Strings Festival violin bootcamp and enjoyed private lessons with Pasha Sabouri, Grigory Kalinovsky, Jinjoo Cho, Nancy Zhou, and William Hagen.

I’m an almost-empty-nester with four grown children (plus a stellar daughter-in-law). In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading, swimming, travel, movies, and concerts.

Be in touch if you’d like to meet for coffee to chat about anything. I look forward to getting to know you.

  • Cornell University, B.A. Anthropology 1980
  • Columbia University Teachers College, M.A. TESOL 1989
  • While at Cornell, studied viola at Ithaca College with Darrell Barnes and Jenny Hanson.
  • Every Child Can
  • Suzuki Books 1 - 8
  • Teaching Group Class
  • Practicum
  • Suzuki Enrichment Workshop, Teaching the Works of Fritz Kreisler/li>
  • Mark O’Connor Method Training: Books 1-4 with Pamela Wiley
  • Texas Music Educators Association
  • American String Teachers Association
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas
  • Greater Austin Suzuki Association
  • Starlight Symphony Orchestra, Wimberly


"My daughter has been taking violin lessons with Ms. Martens for a little over 2 years and I have been so impressed with how patient she is with my daughter! She can always find something good to say after she plays a piece of music. She also has great ideas on how to make practicing the violin fun! Ms. Martens was even the person to notice my daughter needed glasses. It's been a pleasure working with her and I recommend her for anyone ready to learn an instrument!"

- Christina Ly

"I highly recommend Jennifer Martens as a violin and Viola teacher. I have two boys who take her classes. My oldest child is on the spectrum and has recently expressed interest in violin. He has made tremendous progress under her tutelage. She is able to adapt the Suzuki book and method to meet his diverse learning style."

- Inna B

"We've had an excellent experience with Ms. Jeni as a violin and viola instructor for my beginner girls (11 and 9). She is very patient and gauges her students very well. They are both loving their new instruments and are progressing well. We love that she knows when to challenge our girls to help make it more fun."

- Jackie V

"My younger child is her viola student. We works with him closely to develop the proper posture and techniques for viola. She also guides him to work hard and gets through a challenging piece when its hard for him to put it all together."

- Inna B

"Ms. Jeni (Martens) has done wonders for my six year old son. She is sweet, patient, engaging, attentive, and very skilled at teaching. My son has made great progress learning the Suzuki method and we plan to continue with her as long as possible. I would highly recommend her to anyone that wants a warm-hearted, kind, and passionate violin instructor."

- Melissa

“Jeni is a warm and extremely patient teacher. I have been impressed by Jeni’s openness to adapting her teaching methods to suit very young children and those with additional learning needs.”

- J

"With COVID we have now moved to online classes. She has not lost a beat and they are still learning."

- Inna B

"Jeni always finds fun was to teach and she is very patient."

- Ayse Ozgun

Let's get in touch!

Send me an email, I'd love to get to know you! I'm located in Southwest Austin. When conditions allow, I primarily teach from my home studio.