Aloha! I teach ukulele, guitar and piano online, in my Honolulu studio, and at Kailua Music School in Kailua, Oahu. I hold a Masters Degree in Music from Manhattan School of Music in NYC and a Bachelors in Music and Languages from Vassar College. I am also author of Holly's Ukulele Method www.hollyukulele.com which is selling internationally via Amazon.com
Many students study two instruments with me…piano/ukulele, piano/guitar.
On all instruments, I teach:
Here is some information about me, my students and my book, Holly’s Ukulele Method™. My ukulele book will give you an idea about the quality of music education you or your child will have studying any instrument with me.
She knows music well and takes the time to explain it well to children, including music theory. In my experience many children music instructors skip the theory because they only want to show the kids plying, but this leads to weak musicians. If you want your child to be a strong musician, Holly is the right instructor!
My daughter Kennedy just loves Ms Holly and has learned So much in just a couple months of practicing piano with her.
My son has been taking ukulele lessons with Holly for 2 years. We love her on a personal level, but also love her teaching. She is energetic and great with kids. She’s patient and accommodating. Her book and technique is superior to other methods we’ve tried. My son says she’s funny too! Her home is comfortable with AC and a pretty water view. We highly recommend Holly to all those thinking about lessons!
Holly teaches ukulele to our 6yo son. We love that she is enthusiastic and engaged. Her method is very comprehensive. Not only does she insist on proper techniques, she also has him working on composition and encourages him to embrace other art forms to help with his rhythm. She maintains good communication and makes every thing from payment to scheduling effortless. We are so very happy that she teaches in Hawaii Kai! No driving to town!
A veteran music instructor, Holly is the author of Holly’s Ukulele Method™. Known for the enthusiasm, sense of humor and positive energy that she brings to her teaching, Holly has taken the mystery out of reading music for hundreds of students that she has taught privately and through group lessons at Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma School of Music, her home studio and, master classes at venues like the Lark in the Morning Music Camp in Mendocino, CA.
Music Education: She holds a B.A. in musicology and languages from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Holly’s photo by Hugh O’Connor
Holly began her music studies with guitar at age seven and voice at age thirteen. Early in her career, Holly received scholarships for three consecutive years at the Tanglewood Festival of the Arts in Lenox, MA where she studied with celebrated soprano Phyllis Curtin and sang in the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the baton of Seigi Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Bernstein, and many other renowned conductors. Other scholarships include study with Tito Gobbi (a contemporary of Maria Callas) in Florence, Italy, and apprenticeships at the Colorado Opera Festival, in Colorado Springs, CO and the Banff Festival of the Arts in Banff, Canada. She also holds a German certification from Middlebury College in Vermont and speaks Italian, French, as well as basic Norwegian and Greek.
Holly resides in Honolulu, Hawai’i where she offers private and group ukulele, guitar and piano lessons at her studio and via Skype.