Mr. Martin Palacios

Violin, Viola Teacher

Martin Palacios

SAA Member


Cordova, TN
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Martin Palacios graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and with a Master of Arts degree in Music from Pensacola Christian College. While at PCC, he performed with the college’s string quartet in residence and performed on national television with Rejoice in the Lord telecast. He competed and won several competitions involving the undergraduate and graduate concerto divisions, solo strings, and original music composition. In the the spring of 2017 Martin completed his second masters in music for Suzuki Pedagogy at the University of Memphis.

Before moving to Tennessee, Martin worked at Pensacola Christian Academy as a music instructor teaching private lessons for violin, viola, and cello students, as well as conducted the intermediate string orchestra. Several of his private students won scholarships while participating in the annual Pensacola Music Teachers Association sonata competition in Florida. As a graduate assistant at PCC, Martin has also taught private lessons at the collegiate level. In the summer of 2013, he accepted an opportunity to teach at the Curacao Summer Music Camp in the Netherlands Antilles where he performed in solos and chamber groups, conducted the advanced string orchestra, and taught private lessons. Currently, Martin teaches Suzuki Violin/Viola lessons at the Bellevue Baptist Church School of Performing Arts and Germantown Baptist Conservatory of Music. He performs as principal second violin with the Jackson Symphony in Tennessee and is a substitute violinist with the Memphis Symphony, and freelances around Memphis.

Martin believes that music is more than just an art, but rather it is a tool that fashions and builds character in the life of musicians. Music students learn analytical and aural skills. Students learn to budget time, to pursue excellence, and to conquer any arising difficulty in music. Martin further believes that music is to be shared with others, to build and edify the body of Christ, and to glorify God. Since the prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “The Lord was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the Lord,” Martin believes that music, whether teaching or performing, should glorify God.

During his free time, Martin enjoys discovering and listening to new music and classical artists. He brings his imagination to life through composing, arranging music, and even drawing. One could call him a music nerd since he really never leaves his music to rest, but rather continues to explore the vast world of music as both a profession and a hobby.