Holly Schaff

Holly S.

Lynn, MA
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Trombone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Trombone is, and should be, FUN. It's my main instrument, and I have 20 years of experience: both my Bachelor's and my Postgraduate Diploma are in Trombone Performance. If you want someone who knows the instrument inside and out, who can help you with intricate technical issues, and who is well acquainted with trombone repertoire and how our instrument is used in different styles and ensembles, I've got the knowledge and the skills -- and I'll do it all in a way that helps you LOVE playing.
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About

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

Teaching since:
1999

My 20 years of musical experience taught me that JOY is as important as knowledge and technique. We'll pursue a learning trajectory that suits you and your goals (large or small!), all while providing you with the encouragement to enjoy the process as well as the results. My teaching style is dynamic and positive; I want you to look forward to your lessons. And I have both the teaching and performing chops to challenge you and impart some serious skills.
I have my Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory and a Postgraduate Diploma in Trombone Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. I've taught a wide range of students -- from children who've never before picked up an instrument, to accomplished high schoolers, to adults who've always wanted to learn and finally have the freedom to do so.
I enjoy helping people as much as I enjoy performing, and I'd love the chance to inspire and encourage you however I can.

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Experience

Private Music Teacher
Jan 1999 - Jul 2009
Self-Employed & The Alexander School

Helped students of all ages and levels of experience to develop technically, musically, and personally. Specialized in students who needed patience, non-judgment, and encouragement. I continue to be proud of the fact that my students ended up proud of *themselves*.

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Professional Freelance Trombone Player
Nov 2000 - Dec 2004
Self-Employed

Played nearly every genre of music: orchestral, brass quintet, big band, party/dance band, early music (Medieval/Renaissance/Baroque) -- all at a professional level. Managed all the "ins and outs" of a one-woman business.

Education

Postgraduate Diploma, Trombone Performance
Sep 1997 - Jun 1999
Royal Northern College of Music -- Manchester, UK
Bachelor of Music, Trombone Performance
Aug 1993 - May 1997
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

8 Reviews

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Lisa Nov 8, 2017
Trombone · Online

Holly makes the lessons really fun and she is incredibly patient. My eleven year old daughter is very self conscience but Holly has lots of ways to help her feel comfortable and is very encouraging. She also has a great sense of humor. For the first time ever my daughter wanted to get her horn out and practice without me having to ask. I would definitely recommend Holly!

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Brett S. Sep 25, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Holly is a wonderful music instructor: talented, energetic and positive! Holly's friendly disposition removed any of the "distance" that might be associated with online education.

meredith Sep 11, 2017
Trumpet · In studio

Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable!

Greta Jul 25, 2017
Trumpet · Online

My daughter's lesson with Holly was amazing. My daughter started playing trumpet at the age of 6. I bought her a used trumpet and she basically taught herself how to read music and how to play. By the time she was in middle school, after several years of elementary school band class, where everyone learns an instrument, my daughter had grown bored of her trumpet. She was great at it, but there was no challenge and very little inspiration for her to play. When she met Holly for her lesson that all changed. She was able to talk with Holly and share with her many of her trumpet and band experiences. Holly was enthusiastic and positive as an instructor. She really was able to connect with my daughter(a teenager) and encourage her. My daughter left her lesson feeling very interested in trumpet again and wanting to explore a variety of music she could play on her trumpet. For the next few days she was listening to various trumpet players online and different music styles, at Holly's recommendation.
I can confidently recommend Holly as an instructor for any student who wishes to play trumpet. I believe she is the perfect instructor for my middle school daughter.

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Mary C. Jun 20, 2017
Trombone · Online

Sally Jun 19, 2017
Trumpet · In home

Holly is so great! My little boy was having trouble staying motivated and Holly really brings out the fun! She is so enthusiastic and empowering. She is gifted, funny and professional. We love her.

Beth Mar 21, 2017
Trombone · In studio

Holly Schaff is a wonderful trombonist and teacher. She inspires students with her quick wit and quirky sense of humour all the while teaching the fundamentals of trombone in memorable ways. Holly has been a professional musician on the east coast for years and not only communicates clearly, but demonstrates important techniques and tricks when she teaches. She has studied and played with some of the finest Low Brass teachers and specialists in the world and imparts this learned knowledge of musicianship to her students in lessons. I highly recommend Holly as a trombone teacher for beginning, intermediate, or advanced students.

Beth Mitchell
Kanstul International Recital Artist and Clinician

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Kim Mar 11, 2017
Trombone · In studio

I really enjoyed working with Holly -- she is passionate about the trombone, knowledgable and thoughtful, but also has a great sense of humor, so our lessons were a lot of fun. I think I improved a lot over the course of the months that I studied with her, and also gained the confidence to go from being a beginner to playing in an ensemble.

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