Jan HollyJan Holly


Professor Emerita Jan Holly teaches online courses in music history/appreciation, world music and American popular music.  She formerly served as FCC’s Music Program Manager, and from 2006-2010, Department Chair for Communications, Humanities and Arts.

Awarded the Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, she also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from Ball State University, in Indiana. For 14 years, at the University of Maryland, Dr. Holly taught Seminar in Music Research, a required course for graduate music students. In 2012, she was appointed, as lecturer, to the UM School of Music Graduate Faculty. In 2013, she served there on a Doctoral Dissertation Committee for a recording project, The Complete Preludes of Alexander Scriabin. More recently she edited You Can’t Always Play Waltzes, a memoir of American oboist Humbert Lucarelli, soon to be published in conjunction with the International Double Reed Society’s annual convention.

Dr. Holly has taught classes at Hood College, Edison Community College, Ft. Myers, Florida, Pensacola Junior College and, as a graduate teaching assistant, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has also taught music history at the University of Maryland. A recognized leader in higher education in the arts, she was appointed in 2011-12 to a Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation Team that evaluated the State University of New York, Potsdam, and the Crane School of Music.

A student of the Golandsky/Taubman piano technique in the Philadelphia studio of concert pianist and pedagogue Robert Durso, she was admitted in 2008 to the Golandsky Institute's Piano Teacher Participation Program. A Practice Assistant at the Golandsky International Symposium, held each summer on the Princeton University campus, she was invited to serve as Examiner for a Ph.D. dissertation on Teaching and Learning the Taubman Technique for the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Holly maintains a private piano studio specializing in the training of beginning, intermediate and early advanced adult students.
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.

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