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Sam Holland

Sam Holland

Sam Holland

Interim Dean and 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.


Ph.D. in Music Education, University of Oklahoma


piano pedagogy, music and human learning


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


Texas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Teacher of the Year


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