Holly Sickinger
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Holly Sickinger

Holly S.

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As a certified music teacher, I teach piano skills including proper hand placement, scales, chords, and note reading. I am gifted with extreme patience, so I am comfortable working with all ages and different musical abilities, from young children to adults who have never played music before.

About Holly S.

I am a Professionally Certified New York State Music Teacher with over twelve years of teaching experience. Working as a collegiate private vocal instructor, a public-school music teacher, and as a Music Together teacher leading classes for parents with infants and toddlers has helped me to understand all facets of music education. I am gifted with extreme patience, a caring, nurturing disposition, and an ability to coach students through emotional challenges as they relate to singing in order to help them become the best performers they can be. I enjoy working with students at different levels and abilities to teach techniques that show students how to sing with increased breath support and have greater freedom to stretch their vocal range. As a singer and actress, I also teach my knowledge of crafting an authentic, heartfelt performance through song and enjoy singing and teaching many different styles of music, including jazz, musical theater, classical music and popular music. I also offer beginner piano lessons, where I focus on proper finger placement, scales, chords, and note reading.

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Experience

Music Together Teacher
Sep 2019 - Present

Music Program

Create lesson plans using Music Together curriculum and coordinate various activities for each song in a mommy and me style music class. Recruit new clients by providing demo lessons and leading special class events.

Music Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jun 2019

New York City Department of Education

Developed lesson plans and created curriculum to teach basic music competency to pre-k through eighth grade students. Spearheaded a new chorus comprised of 130 kindergarten through second grade students. Organized and rehearsed class shows, including music for plays, songs for book fairs, holiday performances, concerts, and graduations.

Vocal Instructor
Sep 2007 - May 2017

Five Towns College

Taught students proper vocal technique and prepared students for year-end performances including musical theater repertoire and classical pieces in English, Italian, German, and French. Helped students explore different techniques to overcome mental and vocal challenges as a singer and performer. Mentored students individually to cultivate strengths and provide counsel regarding the emotional challenges of performing.

Education

Master of Science, Music Education
Jul 2012 - Jun 2016

Queens College

Bachelor of Music, Jazz/Commercial Music with Musical Theater/Vocal Concentration
Sep 2001 - May 2005

Five Towns College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Professional Teacher Certification
Sep 2019

New York State

Music Pre K-12

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
May 2014
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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