Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Sam Holland

Sam Holland

Sam Holland

Director, Professor of Music

Samuel S. Holland is a Professor and Director of the Division of Music at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, where he also has served as Head of the Keyboard Studies and Pedagogy Department. A performance student of John Perry and Abbey Simon, he earned a Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. He has presented hundreds of lectures and recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Australia and has pioneered in the application of computer and MIDI technology to performance and pedagogy. His articles have appeared in every major English language professional keyboard journal and he is the author of over seventy critically acclaimed method books and recordings published by Alfred Publishing Co. and the Frederick Harris Music Co. Dr. Holland is executive director of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy and a co-founder of the Centre for Musical Minds (Frisco, TX).

He lives in suburban Dallas with his wife, Bethany, a professional cellist; 17-year-old son, Eli, a veteran baseball player; and the best dog in the world - a yellow lab named Race.

Education

Ph.D. in Music Education, University of Oklahoma

Research

piano pedagogy, music and human learning

Publications

The Music Tree (piano method books and recordings), Celebrate Composer editions (repertoire collections with contextual and pedagogical commentary)

Distinctions

Texas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Teacher of the Year

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