Simon Holland

Simon H.

Union City, NJ

Lesson Details



Simon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1990

Hi! My name is Simon and I'm a British multi read player with 20+ years experience playing in London's West End Musicals and orchestras. I also have an extensive list of credits as Artistic Director for various youth theatre companies in the UK, Europe and the States. I studied in London at Trinity College of Music and was lucky enough to get my break early playing in CATS at the New London Theatre. After that I moved on to playing in Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Merrily We Roll Along, and My Fair Lady. I have been a regular resident in the West End ever since, with my most recent credit playing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. I teach Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute and Bassoon from beginners up to a professional level. I have also had extensive experience vocal coaching for musical theatre and audition preparation classes.
I have recently married a San Jose resident, hence my move to the States!!

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Artistic Director
Jul 2007 - Present
Beauville Arts

I work every summer for Beauville Arts as Artistic Director for their musical theatre summer school. I am in charge of producing their shows. Directing the students and acting as musical director as well as collaborating with the production team regarding set, lighting, cotumes etc.

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Multi reed player
Apr 2013 - Jul 2014
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Musician in the pit band for Charlie in London's West End

Assistant Conductor
Jan 2000 - Sep 2003
My Fair Lady, Cameron Macintosh

Assistant Conductor and Woodwind player in London's West End revival of My Fair Lady

Woodwind doubler
Jun 1994 - May 1997

Player in London's West End production of CATS


Sep 1986 - Jun 1990
Trinity College of Music, London
Jul 1986 - Jun 1990
Trinity School of Music, London


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Jul 1990
Trinity College of Music, London

Fellowship performing diploma

Jul 1990
Trinity College of Music, London

Licenciate teaching diploma

Photos & Videos

Photo by Simon H.


10 Reviews

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Veronika V. Mar 9, 2016
Clarinet · In home

Veronika really enjoyed her first lesson with Simon. He explained to her all about the instrument.
She can't wait for next lesson.

Ricky F. Feb 26, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Mr. Simon is the best i wish i know him way before. A good teacher a good person also reliable respectful and responsible. Anybody. Who is looking for a good excelent saxophone teacher he is the right person to call. I promise you will not regret it. Ricky figueroa

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Devin C. Jan 31, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

It was only the first lesson but I can tell we'll be working with Simon for many many more. It was a positive experience and my son was very pleased. He looks forward to his next lesson and that's a great sign.

Liza G. Mar 29, 2015
Flute · In home

Liza loved the lesson, esp. how Mr. Holland explained the basics and corrected some of the notes that she was playing wrong all this while. Mr. Holland is very accommodative and easy-to-interact with.

Floro R. Mar 18, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

I'd been with Simon for five lessons. Very patient and attentive. Ready to work at my own pace.

Johnny P. Mar 13, 2015
Clarinet · In home

My son loves learning from Simon and looks forward to his weekly lesson.

Andrew M. Mar 12, 2015
Clarinet · In studio

Simon is one of the best teachers I've had out of quite a few. While clearly expert at his instrument, he deeply understands the beginner's perspective. He always seems to know when to let a certain mistake slide to a future lesson or push you to fix it. Once he's decided that you need to fix it, he can offer multiple different approaches to correcting the problem. Finally, he's just a lot of fun to be around!

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Andrew M. Mar 12, 2015
Clarinet · In studio

We have been having such a delightful time learning clarinet for the first time! My husband and I love to learn new skills together as a date each week. Simon has such a pleasant teaching style! He points out the mistakes that you're making that are important at your given level and lets the right things slide. Every lesson we've learned more and not felt overwhelmed. He's a master teacher. While he's been great with adults, If I ever convince my son to pick up one of Simon's instruments, I bet Simon is the guy that could get my grumbly kid enthused. He's definitely a find! Five stars!

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Floro R. Mar 4, 2015
Saxophone · In studio

His attention to detail is astounding. He knows which area I need to improve. He can catch right away my mistakes.Great guy to work with!

Cindy P. Feb 24, 2015
Clarinet · In home

My son is extremely happy with Simon and looks forward to his lesson each week.

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