- SCHOOLS &
Hello, I’m Holly Jones. I’m so glad you stopped by! To share a little bit about myself, I began playing the piano at the age of 6. I have had four amazing instructors throughout my life who I would like to honor here now: Ms. Rosalie Speciale who gave me a solid musical foundation for 9 years. I then continued under the instruction of Mr. Darrell Leffler for 4 years. He taught me to explore and experiment at the keyboard in classical, jazz and pop.
After high school, I decided to take it a step further to San Jose State University where I pursued a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Piano Performance. My first year was spent with Dr. Laurel Brettel who welcomed me so warmly into the department. I finished the keyboard program with the acclaimed Dr. Gwendolyn Mok. I didn’t know I could play so dynamically, expressively or powerfully until Dr. Mok pushed me to my limits technically, bringing out my best, and challenging me to rise to every occasion. All of these amazing instructors never expected less from me, and that is what made an impact on me.