Mary E Holby
Brooklyn, NY
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Mary E Holby

Mary E H.

Brooklyn, NY
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Music lessons with me are FUN! I am here to help you learn and support you along your journey.

My teaching method is special because it is tailored specifically to your needs. You are welcome if you're brand new to singing or if you've sung for years.

I have been teaching privately and in music schools for 23 years and beginners are my specialty! I teach ages 4+. We learn songs that you are interested in. You will receive a balanced music education that covers all aspects of playing music.

About Mary E H.

Hello! I am a professional violin/fiddle player and singer, and I perform and teach music classes all over Manhattan and Brooklyn.I have been teaching and performing music professionally for 23 years. I truly enjoy teaching and fulfilling the students needs and seeing them 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 awarded 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 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 pop . band MGMT.


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Mary Elizabeth is wonderful! Our 7 year old daughter, a first time beginner at violin is really learning quickly and loves every minute.

Posted Aug 10, 2020
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"I love your teaching." -E

Posted Aug 10, 2020
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Thank you Mary Elizabeth! Your encouraging attitude inspires me to practice and do better. I appreciate all your patience and the way that you explain proper technique. My improvement is obvious and I look forward to my next lesson!

Posted Aug 5, 2020
Emily A.
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Mary Elizabeth is a joyful and extremely gifted instructor. She makes the lessons interesting and fun and motivates her students to want to be better and PRACTICE!!!!! Best instructor ever (and I've had a few!). :)

Posted Aug 1, 2020
Gabriela M.
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Mary was available last minute to bring my daughter up to date for an audition. She was knowledgeable, patient and easy to understand.

Posted Jul 31, 2020
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Great teacher, very encouraging! Am looking forward to next lesson.

Posted Jul 30, 2020
Grace C.
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It was my daughter's first lesson with Mary today and already she learned so much! Mary was enthusiastic, patient, professional and very knowledgable in her craft. She has a wealth of experience and we are just elated to have Mary share her enthusiasm and passion for music with Grace!

Posted Jul 10, 2020
Kerry M.
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Posted Jul 7, 2020
Lorie C.
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Posted Jul 2, 2020
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Mary-Elizabeth is awesome! So professional and makes things feel accessible. She is clearly very talented and take her teaching very seriously but also makes it fun. I am so happy to have chosen her as a teacher.

Posted Jun 25, 2020
Profile-location-online Online here is a very good teacher

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Sarah L.
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Mary-Elizabeth was great! My first lesson and she was very patient and took the time to help me tune my violin. She gave me great tips, encouragement and ideas for effective practice. I'm really looking forward to my next lesson

Posted May 30, 2020
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Mary is wonderful. Great Chemistry with her

Posted May 18, 2020
Laurel B.
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First lesson was great!

Posted May 12, 2020
Emily A.
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so patient and full of knowledge! She takes the time to work with your skill set and really teaches you the basics of the instrument! Wonderful!

Posted May 7, 2020
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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!

Posted Oct 14, 2018
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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 !

Posted Oct 3, 2018
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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!

Posted Oct 1, 2018

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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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