Interview with the Truckee Tahoe School of Music


The Truckee Tahoe School of Music is the premiere place to learn how to play a new instrument or fine-tune your skills in the Truckee. “We are here for everyone, especially for people who think they have no natural musical talent,” explains director Ben Martin. “We specialize in creating a comfortable environment for students to learn in.”  

Martin is aware of music’s great impact, which the National Association for Music Education sites can help significantly in the brain development of children and can contribute to relaxation, engagement, and confidence. That’s why the school was founded on the belief that, “no one should be denied a music education.” Regardless of age, experience, or financial means, Martin wanted to ensure that everyone in the area had the opportunity to benefit from a music education. “We are the only non-profit Music School in the Tahoe Truckee area collaborating with the community to provide unique performing opportunities for our students,” says Martin.


And, since its beginnings, the community has been impacted greatly by the Truckee Tahoe School of Music. The community loves the passion and dedication of the instructors and Martin, as well as what they could take away from their experience. One parent said, "the Tahoe Truckee School of Music has impacted both of my children’s lives in such a powerful way. My son has been taking guitar lessons with Ben for years and his love of music has become so much a part of who he is. We are so blessed to have the Tahoe Truckee School of Music in our community."

What makes the Truckee Tahoe School of Music special to us is their commitment to the community. Martin said his favorite thing about running the school is “to have the opportunity to make a contribution to our community.” Since the school runs as a 501(3)c non-profit, they have a special relationship with the community. They rely on the community to stay alive and the community relies on them for lessons, classes, events, and live music.


Quick Fire

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Truckee/Tahoe?

Paddle boarding on Donner Lake!

Where is your go-to place when you need to relax?

A mountain bike ride up Prosser Creek towards Carpenter Valley

Where is your favorite spot to grab a cocktail or bite to eat?

La Bamba


Ski bum or beach bum?

Beach bum


Where can we find you on a Sunday morning?

Playing music at the Farmers Market


Truckee is growing so quickly! What are you most excited about in this new development?

More performing opportunities for our students.