Holly B.

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About Holly B.

Holly is a singer, violinist, celtic fiddler and pianist with over seven years of teaching experience. Holly’s lessons are designed around your interests and your unique learning style, drawing from any variety of methods, from ABRSM, to Suzuki, to folk, to whatever inspires you to practice. Holly combines a solid foundation of healthy technique, ear training and musicianship, with having fun and encouraging curiosity. Holly has guided students through exams, adapted curriculum for students who prefer to learn entirely by ear, and even coached students in their own musical composition. Her approach is flexible, but always based in solid fundamentals and healthy habits.

Holly encourages her students to develop both visual and aural musical skills, using method books that suit their personality. Older or more advanced students are encouraged to select repertoire that excites them, whether that be from the page, or pop music from a chord chart. Holly’s background in acting enables her to coach her vocal students to reach their highest expressive goals, and her experience in Alexander Technique has led to her commitment to ergonomic posture for all instruments. Holly brings her training in Kodaly solfege into all of her music lessons, with the idea that everyone can learn to play an instrument or sing when given the right tools, in an appropriately challenging environment.

With a background in classical piano (RCM Grade 8) and violin and celtic fiddle music, Holly’s career spans opera, pop music, folk singing, and more. Holly mentored with Canadian fiddler and composer Oliver Schroer, as well as Appalachian specialist Erynne Marshal, developing a unique composition style along the way. She went on to study and train in opera and musical theatre in post-secondary education, specializing in 20th century music and extended technique, and working with vocal masters David Meek and Robyn Klassen at Vancouver Academy of Music.

Since graduating, Holly has worked in music education for over seven years, teaching piano, violin, voice, celtic fiddle, and group classes and masterclasses in Canada and the UK. Holly works with all ages and abilities. In addition to her work as a teacher, Holly is a passionate performing artist. She was most recently seen in the Canadian national tour of Pier 21: the Musical, as well as Tianjin Opera’s Vancouver premier of Thunderstorm. An active session musician, Holly can often be found playing...

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