Mikaela Holland
San Francisco, CA
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Mikaela Holland

Mikaela H.

San Francisco, CA
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In your Ear Training lessons we will explore an aural understanding of music. You will learn to identify intervals, the qualities of chords and scales, as well as to perform sight singing exercises. You will also learn to dictate music from sound onto the written page and to perform and dictate rhythms.

About Mikaela H.

At the heart of my teaching is the goal to inspire a love of music in each student. In my experience, students of all ages are able to discover their unique relationship to music if the learning experience is tailored to their unique personality, learning style, interests, and goals.

In my lessons, I focus on teaching students ergonomic and practical technique from the very first lesson that will support their playing whether they decide to play only as a hobby, or to pursue violin playing at a professional level. I focus in lessons on aiming to making sure that the technique we are developing is compatible with the long-term physical health of the individual. As an added bonus, learning proper technique from an early age expedites the development of a beautiful, luscious violin sound.

In lessons my students develop skills not only in violin playing, but also in musicianship, music reading, ear training, music theory, leadership, collaboration, and self-discipline.

My students also participate in two studio recitals a year in which they get to perform for one another and share their progress with the encouragement and support of our violin studio family.

For beginning students, I teach using the Suzuki books, however I draw from my many years of experience as a performer to supplement this system for long term success. For students who have surpassed the Suzuki level, I teach Russian School technique. My own training is largely Russian school, influenced by Heifetz and modern European tradition.


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Jean N.
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My daughter has been taking lessons with Mikaela for 3 years and has been thriving! Mikaela is kind and friendly while holding her students to high standards. They all clearly enjoy themselves and it is rewarding to see them all progress from one recital to the next. She comes to the house to give lessons but now teaches through zoom due to the pandemic. Highly recommended!!!

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Margot B.
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Our daughter had her first lesson yesterday and loved it and Mikaela. She said it was the best day ever and can't wait for her next lesson next week! Mikaela obviously has experience teaching children and make our daughter feel at ease and comfortable. Most of the first lesson seemed to be focused on proper instrument and handling, which makes sense. It can take years to undo poor posture and position if not begun correctly. Mikaela explained what she was doing and why, and made sure our daughter understood everything as she went along. Thank you for a first great experience!

Posted May 17, 2016
Daniel S.
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Mikaela is not only an excellent musician but an outstanding music teacher, a rare combination. I have been taking violin lessons from her for quite some time now, and I am amazed at how much of a difference she has made in my efforts to pick up the instrument as a total beginner.

She has great observational abilities to immediately notice errors in form or movement, all the while maintaining calm and complete patience. She also has gift for suggesting corrections with analogy and imagery that has been very helpful in my experience.

I would highly recommend her.

Posted Aug 3, 2014
Piotr K.
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From the very first lesson, I was really impressed by how much insight Mikaela could provide for even the (seemingly) simplest phrase or section. She has very deep knowledge about music in general and the mechanics of violin playing in particular.

Every time I perform something for her, she points out each of the hundred things I'm doing wrong. More importantly, she also explains exactly why whatever I'm doing is not working and what steps are necessary to fix it. Her advice is very specific and actionable, and whenever I follow it I notice an improvement.

Despite having my playing constantly destroyed by her remarks, I don't feel discouraged. On the contrary, every lesson leaves me energized and inspired to keep practicing.

Posted Jul 26, 2014

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Music Teacher and Second/Third Grade Teacher
Oct 2012 - Present

St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy

I am the head of the music department at a private K-12 school in San Francisco. I design and administer the curriculum for general music studies in the elementary school. We present music performances twice a year and students study music theory, ear training, music history, and music appreciation. I also run an after school violin program at the Academy. In addition to teaching music, I am the head teacher of a 2nd and 3rd grade class, as well as the Dean of Students for the entire student body. I love the challenge of wearing so many hats, because it inspires my creativity and gives me the chance to bring a positive impact to so many young people on a daily basis. I also have the pleasure of teaching core subjects to a combined second and third grade class.

Dec 2002 - Present


Mikaela Holland, has been sculpting her career as a musician since her first public performance at the age of 5, a year after beginning her violin studies. Audiences and critics alike have found her remarkable in her “poise; depth of expression; light and fluid technique; and her beautiful old world sound”. Mikaela graduated sigma cum laude from The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University at the age of 20. She was accepted to both the Performer Diploma and Bachelor of Music programs at 15 as a Jacob’s Scholar, one of a handful of elite students selected each year to receive a comprehensive merit scholarship for their studies. She earned her B.M. in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Professor Alex Kerr, former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Previously, Mikaela studied with Ronald Patterson, a student of Jascha Heifetz. Mikaela made her solo orchestral debut at 10, performing Mozart’s “Turkish” Concerto. A Seattle native, she has since made her mark as a compelling soloist with orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Bellevue Philharmonic, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, Sammashish Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Eastiside Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra, consistently eliciting resounding standing ovations. She has also performed as soloist in venues such as the Seattle Chamber Music Society’s “Emerging Artist Series ” and at the Keshet Eilon Mastercourse in Israel. Mikaela holds top prizes from competitions in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, Kentucky, and nationally. At 11 years old she performed with The Northwest Sinfonietta, distinguishing her as their youngest and only winner ever, invited to perform a full-length concerto. At 12, the Vancouver (British Columbia) Kiwanis recognized her with a scholarship for “the most promising violinist whose playing expresses natural sensitivity and feeling”; and at 13 she was honored as 2nd place Winner in the National Finals of the Music Teacher’s Association competition. Acclaimed for her eloquence and imaginative artistry, her aspiration to make the beauty of classical music more accessible to the world has inspired her to perform more than 100 outreach concerts of her own design, offering both solo and chamber repertoire for people of all ages and backgrounds. In 2012, Mikaela began teaching music, beginning her own private violin studio for students beginner to adult in San Francisco. Her teaching centers on an ergonomic approach to beginning violin playing focused on developing healthy long term playing habits through an understanding of the mechanics of violin playing. Several of her students have been accepted in recent years to the prestigious Ruth Asawa School for the Arts in San Francisco. Outside of her private students, she also teaches full time at the St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy, a Classical K-12 academy in the heart of San Francisco, where she runs the music program.


Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Sep 2007 - Dec 2011

Indiana University; Jacobs School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar (Comprehensive Merit Scholarship)
Aug 2007

Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music

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