Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, 2010 English Learners Certification from Purdue University, 2016
Mrs. Libby Martin
I grew up in Chesterton, IN, about 45 minutes from Chicago and just south of the Dunes State Park and Lake Michigan. This is my 10th year teaching orchestra. I graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in instrumental and vocal/general music education, with a focus on cello and voice. I taught 2 years of choir/orchestra/AP music theory/piano/jazz band at Herron High School in Indianapolis. The next 6 years I worked in Wayne Township teaching 7th and 8th grade orchestra at Chapel Hill. This is my second year teaching in Avon. I’ve played cello with several symphonies around Indiana including Carmel, Terre Haute, and South Shore. I am a third generation music education on both sides of my family! My paternal grandfather, a cellist, taught orchestra in Lafayette, IN, my father, also a cellist, just retired last year from teaching orchestra and serving as a music administrator in Chesterton, IN. My maternal grandmother, a violinist, taught orchestra in Elkhart, IN, and my mother, also a violinist, recently retired from teaching orchestra in Portage, IN. All of us have taught beginners and middle school students; my dad jokes that there must be a genetic defect somewhere in our bloodline that makes us crazy enough to love working with preteens all day… I joke, of course. My sister is also a string player, a violinist, who up until two years ago worked by my side as a violin sectional coach and private teacher. (She moved to North Carolina last year to pursue her doctorate degree at UNC; I will miss having her as a partner!) I’ve been married to my MIDDLE SCHOOL sweetheart, Aaron, for 9 years. He is an aerospace engineer and a super dad. We have three beautiful children: Graham, age 5, and Cooper, age 4, and Robin, age 1.
I am SO excited to be working in Avon again this year. I was attracted to this community by the high quality music program and by the amazing support for the arts in our schools from administration, parents and families. There is little I am less passionate about than the importance of teaching children to love music. Music has obviously been a large part of my life and I can’t stress strongly enough how much of an impact learning an instrument has on a student’s education: both in school and in life.