Born and raised in Pittsfield, Mass., Marty Plankey started playing the guitar and drums in 1966, and started teaching music in 1988. He has taught thousands of students of all ages and backgrounds. He taught guitar at Falcetti Music in Pittsfield for 15 years, as well as being the music teacher at Saint Agnes Academy in Dalton during the late 90s. It is his passion and his livelihood. Marty teaches everyday, including weekends, at his studio at 1635 West Housatonic Street (Route 20) in Pittsfield, and performs regularly around Berkshire County, usually at private parties or assisted living centers.
Music and making or playing music are joys in life that almost everyone wants to experience at some point. Teaching children and adults to play music is the best way I know of sharing my love for music with others. Everyone has a sense of rhythm and pitch; it's my goal to take that sense and apply it in a practical and comprehensive way to the instrument of their choice, be it the guitar, bass, drum, 5 string banjo, or the blues harmonica. Sharing the joy and passion of making music has been my purpose in life for almost 30 years. It's been both fun and satisfying to see the happiness and sense of accomplishment so many of my students have gained over the years through their enjoyment of making music. I love teaching.