Holly C.

Dundee, FL


Jazz Studies Masters Graduate

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Otterbein University
New York University (NYU)


Otterbein University (Music)

New York University (NYU) (Master's)

About Holly

I recently completed my Master's degree in Music Performance with a concentration in Jazz Performance. Throughout my career at NYU (New York University), I have had the privilege of working with several amazing musicians and professors from Kenny Werner to Mike Richmmond to Don Friedman and Brad Shepik. I participated in several jazz groups including Kenny Werner’s Artist Ensemble, Chris Potter’s Artist Ensemble, Don Friedman’s Jazz Ensemble, and Jean-Michel Pilc’s Ensemble. I studied under Mike Richmmond for Upright Bass studies and under Gil Goldstein for compositional studies. Throughout my career at NYU, I played in several clubs around the New York area including Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Cornelia Street Cafe, Nublu, Metropolitan Room, Parkside Lounge, Tomi Jazz, BAM Cafe, New York Times LGBT Events, Symphony Space, Drom, Spectrum, and the Lincoln Center.
At Otterbein University, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction and Departmental Honors. I was a double major in Music Business and Jazz Studies as well as minoring in Business Administration. Throughout my Otterbein Career, I had several opportunities to teach and also lead. I was president of the Torch and Key Honor Society and Otterbein Future Music Teachers. Through these two groups, I led bi- weekly meetings and created fundraisers. Through Otterbein Future Music Teachers, I put together a “Battle of the Bands” where several rock bands competed for the prize of a studio recording at the school’s recording studio. I created and led several committees and also created recording contracts for the winners of the competition. In Delta Omicron (music honor fraternity), I was the First Vice President. In this position, I created a new recruitment program for people joining the organization.
Also at Otterbein University, I performed in multiple ensembles ranging from Big Band to small jazz ensemble to string orchestra to the Westerville Symphony.

I have been teaching private lessons for six years, from beginning to advanced students, on both guitar and bass. Throughout teaching private lessons, I have dealt with students in several different age groups and different learning curves. I have learned several different methods to teach from these private lessons. My students have done very well for themselves proving that the method I use works. One of my students is currently studying Music Therapy at the college level and received a sizable scholarship for her bass playing. Another of my students, during our tenure, competed at several string competitions and received “1” ratings for her performance. She is currently playing with her high school big band and orchestra, as well as the Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio.
Besides private teaching, I have also had the opportunity to teach in a group environment through sectional teaching for high schools. I taught sectional lessons at Olentangy High School where I assisted the bass section in preparing for a nationwide orchestral competition. At Bexley High School, I was a camp counselor in charge of the teaching for the extent of their Orchestral String Camp. I instructed the High School section as well as the Middle School Section on their orchestra pieces as well as providing studio group lessons on bow holds, bow technique, intonation, and an introduction to jazz.
I am currently working as the music teacher for the after school organization Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation. I work mainly in low-income schools with Elementary age children teaching them the general education of music. Through this, I have gained more experience in the realm of classroom management and behavior as well as structuring lessons around a specified curriculum. I have been fortunate enough to teach children the basic elements of music and performance through several different world music studies (i.e. Latin American Music, Caribbean Music, African Music, and Chinese Music).
As a teacher, there should be no child left behind because of any economic, social, mental, or physical limits. I came from a background of financial and educational limits from my High and Elementary schools. I had to teach myself to play bass. However, I got into music school, and applied myself to everything I was learning. There are students that love learning and really want to learn, but need someone to believe in them. My teacher at Otterbein University, James Bates, believed in me and gave me the start that I needed. I hope to be that teacher for someone, someday. That is why I teach music and will continue to teach music in the future. I am doing something I love and everyone should have the ability and chance to do that.

I recently completed my Master's degree in Music Performance with a concentration in Jazz Performance. Throughout my career at NYU (New York University), I have had the privilege of working with several amazing musicians and professors from Kenny Werner to Mike Richmmond to Don Friedman and Brad Shepik. I participated in several jazz groups Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Dundee, FL 33838
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Prealgebra
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ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Reading, Writing
ESL/ESOL, Reading, Writing
Music History,
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Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading
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Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading, Writing
ESL/ESOL, Writing

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As a public school orchestra teacher I am responsible for teaching students the fundamental skills to playing a string instrument including violin, viola, cello, and bass. As a freelance teacher who also assists with youth orchestra programs, I have also had the experience with working with the lower string section (cello and bass) on a more individual basis where I help them through tough orchestral excerpts. My cello players in my orchestra are my best players having been asked to play for all county and all state ensembles as well as receiving excellent and superior ratings at solo and ensemble. I myself play the cello during class time as a teaching tool. I like to use the essential elements books for beginning students as well as some cello literature from poppers method and the series of books that include position pieces for cello and double stop pieces for cello. I also like to incorporate the Suzuki repertoire as well as the ear training method that they use. All of these methods combined help create a well rounded and conscious musician. My cello players learn pieces of music quickly, work independently, and are motivated to practice and hone their craft to learn more difficult music. As a bass player myself, I really enjoy teaching the cello as it allows for a more melodious and singing quality to the music.

Composition (Music)

I have my Master's Degree in Jazz Performance. This included training and private lessons from Grammy Award winning arranger-composer Gil Goldstein. I had to present my own compositions with me performing as part of my final Master's project. I have arranged and composed music for High School Jazz band, nonet, octet, as well as small jazz combo. I have recorded three albums of original compositions as well. I have taught Elementary and Middle School students from the ground up on how to compose and even had a high school student compose for string orchestra and percussion with a performance at their high school spring concert. I like to start from basic improvisation to see the musicality of the student first, then we go to just putting down note letter names, then we talk about the staff and how to label things on the staff and start writing very basic things on the staff. Depending on how that goes, we grow and learn more from there.

Ear Training

I have a lot of education in the field of ear training including my Master's Degree in Jazz Performance. As part of this education, I had to transcribe solos from Miles Davis to Ornette Coleman to Keith Jarrett. It requires great aural skills to be able to hear what 16th and 32nd notes are being played over a chord progression. I teach ear training with the use of piano or the student's instrument as that is what their ear are attuned to. I like to apply a STEM philosophy as well. We will watch the frequencies and see how perfect intervals relate and how they're pleasing to the ear. Then hear dissonant intervals or things out of tune. From there we will journey into interval recognition. We will begin to use solfege as a reference point so that eventually we can get to melodic dictation. For advanced students we will start talking about chord quality and how to hear the difference in the third, 5th, and 7th of a chord to hear the quality.

General Music

I have actually taught public school general music. What I like to do is use a world music idea to help teach how music creates community. Through this, we learn rhythm and melody. We will learn how to read notes in treble clef with basic folk songs for different areas of the world. We will also learn how to sing and play percussion as well as a mallet instrument for melodic learning. It is also important to talk about different kinds of instruments. Usually for this, I like the students to create an instrument from recycled objects or things around the house. This also introduces the idea of how other cultures made their instruments before modern technology. It also introduces some time for STEM talking as well.

Music History

For my Bachelor's Thesis, I wrote an extensive paper on John Cage and his influence on 20th century modern classical music. This paper also served me with graduating with distinction, a special honor given to only certain students. I also was in the top of my class in my music history lessons during my Bachelor's. In my teaching now, I always include a historical background depending on what era a piece we are performing is in. We will watch a historically informed video of the performance as well. I like to start discussion as to how the time period effects our overall performance. This gives them a real life application. I also like to draw connections from things that we hear in music from the classical era to pop music of today or how jazz is influenced by gospel and work songs. It makes it more interesting and relatable for the students.

Sight Singing

As part of my teaching, I have to prepare my students for sight reading. Not only have I taken Sight Singing classes in my BA career as well as my Master's, but I apply it every day when we are getting ready to start a new piece. We talk about what we need to look at first: clef, key, time signature, starting and ending pitch. Then from there we find the tonic throughout the piece. We start to recognize patterns such as arpeggios or scalar motion. This helps create a successful environment for sight singing.


As a 5-12 public school orchestra teacher, I am responsible for knowing the technique and skill to playing all string instruments. I have been teaching violin in the schools for two years with students performing in All State and All County competitions as well as receiving Excellent ratings in Solo and Ensemble. I like to teach from a method book as I think it helps ground what I am teaching and gives students something to read and interpret when we aren't in lessons together. Even for advanced students, there are great method and scale books that help extend their technique.

Otterbein University
New York University (NYU)


Otterbein University (Music)

New York University (NYU) (Master's)

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Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Holly will travel within 20 miles of Dundee, FL 33838.