Todd Holder

Todd H.

Hendersonville, NC
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Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Theory. Sounds dull, doesn't it?!

With a proper understanding, however, it will be the most important 'tool' in your musical toolbox. It is more than nuts and bolts. It is the very 'reason' music sounds good or bad!

I teach how piano theory can be your friend and ally as we introduce intervals, analyze chord progressions, identify and integrate the I IV V, the ii V I, and other amazing fundamental progressions.

Then more advanced students learn jazz theory fundamentals, altered chords, tri-tone substitutions and other intimidating sounding but easy to learn musical devices. Together, we will tame the beast and make it submit not only to our understanding but to our musical advantage for comping, transposing, substitution and many useful purposes.

Theory will be your friend!
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Todd delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:

What do Star Wars, Billy Joel and Dallas Holm all have in common?

All three inspired me to attempt to play music.

Music has played a very significant role in my life since high school, where 'study hall' was my chance to first play by ear on a grand piano. I LOVED playing music and singing!

Evidently it 'took.' I sooned gained admission through audition to the University of Tennessee where I studied classical, jazz and vocal music with Dr. Bill Dorn, Dean of Piano, and acclaimed jazz master and author Dr. Jerry Coker.

From the World's Fair to the Biltmore House, I have enjoyed performing at these and many other venues. Yet, teaching is my first love musically.

Over the years I have found teaching not only sight-reading based methods but chordal and ear training to be essential elements of enhancing my students and student performers.

You see, reading sheet music is only a piece of the pie. When you add ear-training, active listening, performance training, multi-genre analysis, accompaniment and collaboration to the educational mix, students begin to understand and LOVE music.

Once students love music, there is no stopping them! Students practice and PLAY more, and they get better because of their enhanced practicing. It becomes less work and more PLAY!

And passionate students become PERFORMERS! Whether for audiences of one or hundreds, the satisfaction and sense of fulfillment is amazing, and THAT is why I teach. The rewards and excitement are mutual, for the student, for me and their audiences.

I have been performing and teaching for over 35 years and love to share my amazing musical experiences (and experience). It could change your approach to music, enhance your appreciation and understanding of music, and quite possibly change your musical life.

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Piano/Vocal Teacher
Jun 1993 - Present

Multi-genre performing teacher:
Chordal Ear Training method, classic sight reading, piano technique, theory, chord charting, analysis, music composition, worship leading, fake book training, lyric analysis and composition, self and group accompaniment, vocal technique and theory, sight singing, vocal group harmony, stage technique, backing tracks, artist immersion studies, jazz and advanced theory.

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Public Performer
May 1982 - Present

Musician, singer, songwriter, jazz, pianist: weddings, special events, worship teams, worship leader.

Venues: local churches, Biltmore Estate, Grand Bohemian, Canadian Honker, Masterworks Theatre, nonprofit organizations, The Cedars, Hendersonville Country Club, The Farm in Highlands, Shelley's Jewelry, Marthaler Jewelers, The Bijou in Knoxville, Tryon Estates, private homes and events;

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Music Student
Aug 1981 - Dec 1983
University of Tennessee

Aug 1981 - Dec 1983
University of Tennessee

Chamber Singers, University Singers, Concert Choir;
Venues: World's Fair, Knoxville Civic Center, UT Campus, private events;


Bachelor Arts, Independent Study
Sep 1990 - May 1992
Columbia College
Bachelor of Music program: theory & composition
Aug 1981 - Dec 1983
University of Tennessee


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Feb 2008

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Photo by Todd H.

Winter's Song, an original composition
(c) ToddHolderMUSIC
Photo by Todd H.

Photo by Todd H.

Photo by Todd H.

Photo by Todd H.


4 Reviews

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Judy Aug 4, 2017
Piano · In home

I have been taking lessons for two years and am very happy with my progress. He is very encouraging and highly skilled in all subjects. I would recommend Todd for new beginner and professional level students.

Carol Aug 4, 2017
Jazz Voice · In home

Excellent instructor! Todd is knowledgeable, encouraging & patient while always staying on task. I've worked with him for 3 years now and have gained comfortability and confidence in my playing while staying motivated.
Todd is the 4th piano instructor I've worked with in my 12 years of living in WNC and I find him to be the best of all.

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Ann Aug 3, 2017
Piano · In studio

I had 2 years of piano lessons as a child followed by 6 years of flute in High School as an intermediate student. After hearing Todd perform at a special event, my life was changed! His passion for performing and playing inspire, engage and transform a room! Of course I wanted to take lessons! As a teacher he took me beyond the fundamentals into theory, key changes, cordal ear training, musical stylizing and so much more. Todd is very patient and knowledgeable; a wonderful communicator, entertainer, and teacher. I highly recommend him!

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Corrie Aug 3, 2017
Piano · In home

Hands down the best piano teacher, with exceptional skills. I was well equipped throughout the years of lessons and was genuinely encouraged along the way. Highly recommend!

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