I specialize in gifted and exceptional children, but all beginners, transfer students, and adults are welcome. All students are treated as unique individuals. Lesson content and teaching approach are adjusted for each student.
My four studio rules are as follows:
1 The notes and the music are not the same thing.
2. Technique and interpretation are the same thing.
3. Practicing is practical and is 100% goal oriented.
4. Hard work is never in vain.
I am truely fortunate to have people come to my studio so we can make music together.
I have studied piano with David for seven years. As an adult student, I appreciate the expansive knowledge David brings to teaching all genres of music. We have explored a variety of musical styles and composers from classical to modern. He has really encouraged and directed good technique and practice skills without ever making it tiresome. I have selected much of my own music to practice, so it doesn't get boring or repetitive.
Our two sons have been taking piano lessons with David Holland for many years. He is very good with kids and teens and of course parents. He provides special attention and feedback of physical technique for playing specific types and styles of pieces. He emphasizes musicality and provides especially good feedback. I can hear that this really makes a big difference to students both in enthusiasm and results. He uses and explains in proper musical terminology, not talking down to his students. He is well versed in all styles of music of interest to our sons. We also appreciate his answers to questions of music theory and historical background details he provides. As a special bonus, his piano sounds great!
My son enjoys his lessons with David. He has challenged Myles to be a better piano player. Myles admits that they work hard while he's there, but it's fun!
My 7 year old son, Adrian started taking piano lessons from David over a year ago. David has been an exceptional teacher and communicative throughout the whole process. The relationship that David and Adrian have helps to feed Adrian's interest in piano and he always excitedly awaits his next lesson. David is quick to notice tension and is in no hurry to rush through lessons which has worked especially well with my son's learning style.
I ask them to play something in the initial interview. From this I can observe their technique habits, musicality, relationship to the instrument, and practice habits.
I then suggest a starting point in terms of technique and repertoire based on their stated goals. This is always age and level appropriate.
I adjust the lesson content as the student and I get to know each other better.
I have two degrees in Piano Performance; BA, University of Minnesota and MM, Northwestern University, Evanston. I started in high school by teaching the neighbor kids. At Northwestern I took the Piano Pedagogy sequence and did supervised teaching of children and adults under Francis Larimer. I studied privately with Katherine Faricy, Founder and Director of the Master of Piano Pedagogy Degree Program at the University of St. Thomas, to be a better teacher. I also attended numerous summer conferences at St. Thomas and completed her rigorous seminar in Piano Performance Practices from Bach to Debussy. I belong to MMTA and and am a Past President of the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum (MMTF). I studied the Russian approach to technique with Alexander Braginsky, Piano Chair University of Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota I completed for years of Music Theory, including two years of counterpoint study and several classes in advanced music analysis.
My rate is $30.00 for 30 minutes. This is prorated for longer lessons.