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Patricia S. Martin

Title: Music Educator
Wilkes-Barre Area School District
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States

Patricia S. Martin, Music Educator at Wilkes-Barre Area School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

Holding expertise in music history, teaching piano, and various other areas of music, Ms. Martin has achieved 34 years of professional experience. She has thrived as a music educator with the Creative and Performing Arts Academy at James M. Coughlin High School since 1988. Previously, she taught music at Heights Elementary School for three years. Notably, she has additionally held the title of director of sacred music at St. Palestrina. A 10th-degree black belt grandmaster in Shotokan karate and a second degree black belt in Aiki-jujutsu, she has flourished as a martial arts instructor at Martin’s Karate Institute since 1984.

Ms. Martin earned a master’s degree in church music from Marywood University in 1984, as well as a bachelor’s degree in music education from Wilkes University the same year. To stay attuned to developments in her fields of interests, she has held a membership with the American Guild of Organists and has served on the executive board of the International Ryukyukai Martial Arts Association.

A piano player since she was 8 years old, Ms. Martin teaches first to fourth-year levels of music and instructs four different piano, history and guitar classes. Over the next decade, she looks forward to retirement, while becoming a substitute teacher in order to continue to foster musical growth in children.

Ms. Martin’s involvement in the martial arts has helped her build confidence and more deeply enjoy her music instruction, allowing her to be more relaxed when playing and leading performances at school concerts. She has competed extensively in martial arts competitions throughout the United States and Russia, winning numerous grand-championships. She was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in 2015, as well as the International Eastern Alliance Hall of Fame in 1998 and the International Blackbelt Hall of Fame in 1997.

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