Marty Collin
Pronouns: he/him/his
Instruments: Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin
Styles: Folk, Blues, Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar


With a borrowed guitar from a neighbor down the road, a library card, and a record player, I taught myself how to play guitar when I was twelve years old, and my life long journey in acoustic music has never faded. My mother eventually bought me my first guitar. It cost $11.50. She got a deal on it because it only had five strings.

A life devoted to teaching as a university and high school English instructor, theatre director, published playwright, that great and good musical spark has accompanied me on my journey from Cleveland, Ohio, to Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Durham, New Hampshire, to College Park, Maryland, to Amenia, New York, to Hagerstown, Maryland, and now to Charlottesville, Virginia. I am both a music instructor—I teach beginner guitar, beginner mandolin, and beginner banjo–and a student at The Front Porch.

Check out our blog post featuring Marty Collin HERE!


And when those tired and friendly maintenance folks, cooks, and kitchen staff put away their brooms and rakes, aprons and frying pans, and dried their soapy hands, they picked up their guitars and banjos on the last night of summer camp, and sang the campers to sleep, and I knew I just had to play guitar and sing out to the warm cobalt blue star-speckled summer sky. And when my older brother bought me a pawn store banjo, and brought it home, I knew I just had to… And the first time I heard David Grisman play mandolin, I knew I just had to…
“Marty was supportive and fun. I REALLY did like ALL the songs he picked and look forward to working on them. Especially appreciate the variety of playing styles he introduced. Felt challenged and that I was making progress. Helped me get through this tough time.”