Sam Holland, Ph.D., NCTM
Professor of Music
Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University
2006 Collegiate Teacher of the Year
(Texas Music Teachers Assoc.)
"I began using Clavinova digital pianos and electronic labs when they first appeared. They’re excellent for classes because you can record student work and play pre-recorded sequences to support all sorts of group music experiences. I also use a Clavinova in private instruction as both a performance assistant and a creative tool. And I play a Clavinova in solo and ensemble concerts."
Sam Holland is a Professor of Music, Associate Director for Academic Affairs, and Head of Piano Pedagogy in the Division of Music at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts. Dr. Holland holds degrees in piano performance from The University of Texas and the University of Houston where he studied with John Perry and Abbey Simon, respectively. He received the Certificate in Piano Pedagogy with Distinction from the New School for Music Study and the Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Holland has authored over forty critically acclaimed books and recordings in The Music Tree series (Warner Bros., 2000--). His articles have appeared in every major English language piano journal in the US and abroad. He is the author of Teaching Toward Tomorrow: a Music Teacher’s Primer for Using Keyboards, Computers, and MIDI in the Studio (Alfred, 1993) as well as the Frederick Harris Celebrate Composers editions (2004-), a 30-volume series of standard teaching repertoire with contextual and pedagogical commentary. Dr. Holland has pioneered in the application of electronic and MIDI technology to performing and teaching in both contemporary and classical idioms. His students have achieved top recognition in state, national, and international competitions. Dr. Holland has presented hundreds of concerts and lectures on four continents. He serves as a Trustee and Executive Director of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.