Mary E Holby

Mary E H.

Brooklyn, NY
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Acoustic Guitar

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Lessons for beginners who have never played or are new to guitar. Music theory/reading is an option.

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Mary E delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional violin/fiddle player and singer, and I perform and teach music classes all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. I truly enjoy teaching and love seeing to the students needs and fulfilling what they need in order to progress as a musician. You are the most important part of our classes.

I worked for the NYC Department of Education as a substitute classroom and general music teacher (2015-2018). I have a background in students with special needs and special education. Se habla espanol.

I was award a full-tuition scholarship through an audition for the North American World Scholarship Program to attend Berklee College of Music. There I earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance (2003).

I have been teaching and performing music professionally for 23 years. I began my studies as a young child with the Suzuki Method (which focuses on learning by ear, substantial parental involvement, and only later reading music.) In high school I began studying jazz/blues improvisation, composition, and music theory. At Berklee College of Music I focused on jazz and all kinds of contemporary and traditional music.

After graduating I was awarded a position at the Henry Mancini Institute (2003) in Los Angeles and was privileged to work with some of the biggest names in music including Diana Krall and Christian McBride.

My favorite type of music to play these days is traditional Irish folk music, or "Irish trad". For the past few years I have immersed myself heavily in New York's traditional Irish music scene. I play regularly at several establishments in New York City alongside some of the city's finest Irish music players.

A large part of my teaching style is that you are having FUN, you are enjoying what you are learning, no matter your skill level. Even if you are an absolute beginner, we might work on playing the chorus or the riff of the song. For example, one year I had a very happy 6-year old boy learn the theme to Star Wars and another college student learning the music of MGMT.

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Music Teacher
Sep 2017 - Present
St. Luke's School

Teaching private and group music classes as part of the After School Program

Music Teacher
Jan 1995 - Present
Private Teaching Studio

Teaching private music lessons in my home studio and in student's homes

NYC Dept. of Education Substitute Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
NYC Dept. of Education

Substitute teacher at various schools in the NYC area


New York City Substitute Teacher Certification
Apr 2015 - Jun 2017
NYC Dept. of Education
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
Berklee College of Music


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Certified Substitute Teacher
Apr 2015
NYC Dept. of Education

I passed several tests and attended multiple training sessions on education to because a substitute teacher for the New York City Department of Education in New York City public schools.

Certified Substitute Teacher
Jan 2014
Dept. of Education, Connecticut

I passed various tests and attended multiple training sessions to become a substitute teacher in the state of Connecticut.


String Department Special Achievement Award
May 2002
Berklee College of Music
Full-tuition Scholarship
Sep 1999
Berklee College of Music


Berklee College of Music Alumni
Sep 2004

The Berklee Alumni Affairs Office embraces the college’s alumni as valuable members and vital stakeholders in a lifelong, global community. We strive to foster and strengthen alumni engagement in meaningful and innovative ways that support the interests and goals of alumni in their professional and personal pursuits.

Guided by the college’s mission, we seek to build a sense of shared community, pride, professional achievement, volunteerism, philanthropic support, and commitment to Berklee. We celebrate and applaud our alumni as they seek to improve the world around them through their creative pursuits.

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Photos & Videos

Instruction video for a private student when they had additional questions after they'd had their class.
Group Violin Class
Photo by Mary E H.

Winter Music Concert : Performed by my beautiful Bilingual kindergarten class
Photo by Mary E H.

Tonder Festival (Denmark)

Irish traditional music (Lillie's, NYC)

Photo by Mary E H.

Live in Durango, Colorado - Special Guest with band Hello Dollface

3 Reviews

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Samantha Oct 14, 2018
Violin · In studio

Mary-Elizabeth taught me violin for 2 years. I was brand new and she made picking up violin easy and enjoyable. She recognizes current and future problems and suggests exercises to correct them. She always has a positive attitude, which helped me avoid getting frustrated. Her classes were relaxed and thorough. I could not have asked for a better teacher!

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Alexandra Oct 3, 2018
Violin · In studio

I have a great experience of teaching with Mary ! I was already violonist but she helped me discover the wonderful world of fiddle music. I had a complete classical training and I wanted to be more free with my music so Traditional Irish tunes where the best !
Mary is very kind, patient, sweet, funny and will know how to adjust to your need without any doubt. She is a awesome musician in a great variety of music so have your pick !

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Stine Oct 1, 2018
Violin · In studio

We met Mary-Elizabeth for the first time in January 2009 by recommendation of The Royal Danish Academy of Music.
We were looking for a private violin teacher for my daughter Elisabeth, age 13, who at that time had never played an instrument before and was clearly shy and nervous about the project.
From the very first lesson, Mary-Elizabeth not only showed the skills and the basic technique of teaching the violin to younger children, but most impressing was her enthusiasme and joy that immidiately spread to the student. You could tell, that this was a teacher who loved playing too!!
And that opened all the doors for the difficult practising and today I have a daughter who enjoys so much playing that she brings the violin on every holiday to make sure she always has the instrument nearby!
I can sincerely recommend Mary-Elizabeth for teaching and I guarantee you, the students will love playing and look foreward to her lessons!

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