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Hello! I've been performing for 21 years and teaching for 15 years. Teaching has always been a passion for me! Whether you're an adult trying the violin or viola for the first time, or a dedicated student aiming to major in music, I can adapt my approach to suit your needs. I will help you build confidence in your playing through presenting attainable goals each week, while also providing appropriate challenges. I aim to help you feel comfortable and natural as you play by prioritizing proper posture and technique.

I have a Master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory in Violin Performance with an emphasis in pedagogy. I have performed in the U.S.A. and Europe, with well-known artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzahk Perlman, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. My teacher training includes the Suzuki method (registered for books 1-5) and the Mark O'Connor method (certified for books 1-2).

My hope is that the violin or viola becomes a constant source of inspiration and enjoyment for you!

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Hollis teaches



Hollis delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

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Violinist, pianist, composer, and teacher Hollis received her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance/Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University as a student of Herbert Greenberg. She studied at Converse College for her Bachelor of Music degree with Sarah Johnson where she graduated summa cum laude with honors in Violin Performance.

Hollis studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Institute’s Preparatory Division and completed the teacher training for Suzuki books 1-5 with Edmund Sprunger, Linda Stieg, Sharon Miller, and Martha Shackford. Hollis also completed teacher training for the Mark O'Connor method books 1-2. She taught at the Alia-Lawson Pre-College in South Carolina, the Peabody Preparatory and the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland, and the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, FL.

Hollis has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in many locations across Europe and the U.S. She is an active performer in the Tampa Bay area having played with the Florida Orchestra, Opera Tampa, and the St. Petersburg Opera. She has also performed with well-known artists including Andrea Bocelli and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In addition, Hollis enjoys composing and performing music on traditional and electric violin and piano, and has collaborated with fellow artists in numerous recordings.

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Violin Instructor
Oct 2011 - Oct 2016
The Patel Conservatory

Performing arts conservatory in Tampa, FL


M.M. in Violin Performance/Pedagogy
Sep 2006 - May 2008
The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
B.M. in Violin Performance
Sep 2002 - May 2006
Converse College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Books 1-5
Jan 2012
Suzuki Association of the Americas

The Suzuki Method, developed by Japanese violinist/pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki (1898–1998) is known and taught worldwide. The philosophy is based on the concept that children can learn a musical instrument the same way they learn to speak their native language.

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Mark O'Connor Books 1-2
Jul 2009
Mark O'Connor Method

The Mark O'Connor Method is a method for beginning through intermediate string players featuring American folk and fiddle music.

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Emily Mar 23, 2019

Mrs. Hollis is a very kind and patient instructor. She is great at teaching technique and important skills that have to be learned in order to play the violin at your best. My son Ben absolutely loves taking lessons with her and he has learned so much. She is so professional, talented and has so much experience! She is a perfect instructor for anyone who would like to learn to Play the violin!

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Olivia Mar 19, 2019
Violin · In studio

Mrs. Hammonds is such a wonderful teacher! I came to her when I just started high school and was overwhelmed with joy when I found such a great teacher. Focusing on memorization, technique, and working on a solid foundation even after playing for 10 years prior, really reflected in my playing. I think she was the teacher who really showed me why I wanted to play violin and set my foundation up to improve more and more even today!

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Kim Feb 18, 2019
Violin · In studio

As an adult student that let my violin sit idle for too many years, Hollis was able to help me regain some basics skills and build upon them to re-learn different playing styles. Her approach was refreshing and focused on helping me re-learn some classical pieces that were familiar to my background. In addition, she introduced some jazz and fiddle pieces that I was interested in branching out with and worked with me to fine tune bowing techniques for each style.
I would highly recommend Hollis as an instructor for anyone starting out or looking to improve upon existing skills!

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Kim Feb 11, 2019
Violin · Online

My oldest daughter was 4 years old when she began taking Suzuki violin lessons with Ms. Hollis. Her previous teacher had gone on maternity leave and I was nervous about the effect a new teacher would have on such a young child. Ms. Hollis made the transition seamless for her. She has a soft-spoken nature that draws her students to her. She is wonderful at teaching through demonstration rather than lengthy explanations. It is an added bonus that she is able to accompany her students on both violin and piano. As a testament to her strength as a teacher she also began instructing my younger daughter at the age of 2 1/2. The level of patience it takes to guide a 2 1/2 year old through the Twinkles in commendable! Our family continues to value all of the encouragement and direction Ms. Hollis provided us during our time studying with her. She is an exemplary teacher and truly grasps the concepts behind a Suzuki education.

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