Hollyn Slykhuis
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Hollyn Slykhuis

Hollyn S.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an experienced, certified music educator with a passion for teaching trumpet students of all levels and backgrounds. Lessons with me will be fun, exploratory, creative, and focused on your personal growth as a musician. I believe in inquiry-based learning, which means you will be discovering new things about music and trumpet with me there to guide and support you. We will explore several facets of musicianship to ensure you are cultivating a well-rounded musical education from your lessons. Most importantly, the focus will always be on YOU and your personal musical interests and goals! I am here to help YOU!

About Hollyn S.

I graduated summa cum laude with College Honors from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree in Spring 2020, and I am a certified K-12 music educator. I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in Trumpet Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston, MA.

I have maintained a private trumpet studio for 5 years, taught trumpet at multiple El Sistema programs across the nation (including working with the world-renowned YOLA program run by the Los Angeles Philharmonic), taught music abroad in Chile, and designed and implemented a music curriculum for students with exceptionalities as the Music Director for the LSU Prism Project.

I have performed professionally with the Opera Louisiane, Theater Baton Rouge, and the Cool Winter Nights big band. I also won a professional position on the substitute list for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. I have also performed several world premiers of works for solo trumpet, trumpet and electronics, and chamber music featuring trumpet by composers such as Lara Poe, Anne McAninch, and Samara Rice.

I believe in working towards music equity, and my work in this field (specifically promoting women in music) has been featured on the professional new music website I Care If You Listen.


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4 Reviews
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Hollyn is a gifted and enthusiastic teacher -- I highly recommend her! She quickly built a good rapport with my 12 year old, who had been struggling with her instrument during remote learning, and we started to hear improvement in her playing right away. We also appreciated Hollyn's great communication skills and flexibility. She is by far the best music teacher we've worked with!

Posted May 26, 2021
Ann Marie
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I have seen Hollyn teach students from age 4 to 22. She is unfailingly respectful and always has the student's best interest in mind. She takes a holistic approach and does identifies mental AND physical issues that may need corrected for optimal achievement to occur, and then she helps the student fix them in a positive and productive way. She is particularly skilled with dealing with performing anxiety or physical pain while playing and will soon help the student overcome any such problems. She has a great personality and sense of humor and the lessons are never boring, never repetitive. She has a great training in both musicianship/performance and pedagogy.

Posted Jan 11, 2021
Daisy Schudmak
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Hollyn is a fantastic instructor. I’m always so impressed with the variety of exercises she walks my son through in a 30 minute lesson. She includes ear training, sight reading, the mastery of scales, and practicing a new piece of music all in one lesson. She is extremely patient and kind and gently helps my son through frustrating moments when his abilities are being stretched and strengthened. My son now has about 8 polished songs to play for friends and family and I could not possibly be more pleased.

Posted Jan 6, 2021
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Hollyn is an exceptionally bright, engaging, creative, kind and generous music educator. Her approach to trumpet teaching is one of personal empowerment--meeting each student where they are, helping them find their voice and guiding them to engage with the discipline of learning to play music that they love. As a professional trumpeter myself, I recommend Hollyn as a teacher for students of all levels, but feel like she has a unique talent for working with younger students starting their trumpet playing journey!

Posted Jan 6, 2021

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Trumpet Teaching Assistant
Aug 2020 - Present

Sistema Side-by-Side

Teaching private lessons, small group lessons, and assisting with programming in both English and Spanish.

Trumpet Teaching Assistant
Aug 2020 - Present

El Sistema Somerville

Teaching private lessons, small group lessons, and assisting in programming.

Student Teaching
Jan 2020 - May 2020

Shenandoah Elementary School

Taught general music under the supervision of a cooperating teacher.

Trumpet Teaching Artist
Aug 2017 - Aug 2019

Kids Orchestra

Taught small group lessons in trumpet for students of this El Sistema-inspired program.

Music Director
Jan 2018 - Jan 2019

Prism Project

Designed & implemented music curriculum for students with exceptionalities.


Trumpet Performance, MM
Aug 2020 - Present

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Music Education, BME
Aug 2016 - May 2020

Louisiana State University



Limited Proficiency


K-12 Music Education
May 2020

State of Louisiana

Certified through both Praxis exams, music education jury, and student teaching experience.


Graduate Fellowship
Jun 2020

Phi Kappa Phi

Presidential Scholarship
May 2020

Longy School of Music of Bard College


International Women's Brass Conference
Mar 2019
IWBC’s mission is to educate, develop, support, and promote women brass musicians while inspiring continued excellence and opportunities in the broader musical world. Membership is open to all women and men who would like to support this effort.
International Trumpet Guild
Aug 2018
The International Trumpet Guild is a non-profit organization founded in 1975 to promote communications among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trumpet.
Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Jan 2017
Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.
National Association for Music Education
Jan 2016
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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