Average 3.96 based on 147 teacher ratings
Holly Hall is a retired Music teacher at Stuyvesant High School located in New York, New York. Holly Hall's 147 teacher ratings contributes to Stuyvesant High School's ranking of 1,055 in New York. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Stuyvesant High School is 4.12 stars.
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I thought she was great. She wasn't popular because she dared to think that her music class is at least as important as AP Calculus and many students disagreed. She's passionate about the subject and I learned a whole lot about music, knowing virtually nothing at all before her class.

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If she's ever mad at you, she's never actually mad - she's just disappointed.
If you study about 5-15 minutes everyday, you'll do well in her class and on her tests.
She can have an enormous temper at times, but provided you don't cause it, her class is really good or, at the very, VERY least, tolerable.

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I don't think people that old should be allowed to teach. Each morning the boys must move the chairs and do the chores while the girls do nothing. Extremely grumpy. World will be a better place without her.

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She doesn't know she's teaching highschool students. Everyday, she comes to school late. She cracks jokes and talks about things that will never be on the test, then yells at us when we laugh at her jokes and tells us we're wasting time and that we'll never finish the lesson in time for the test. She goes too fast, and hates it when we raise our hands and ask "dumb" questions (whatever happened to there's no such thing as a dumb question?). But her tests are ok, and she's really into the lesson.

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One of the few teachers in stuy that legitimately care about the wellbeing of her students and actually tries to help them. An amazing teacher.

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Ms. Hall is a lovely person. She's hilarious in chorus class, but can be a bit frustrating to listen to at other times. She's like a friend, really. She'll crack jokes in chorus, but she always needs her respect. Don't eat when you're singing. EVER. Don't sleep or read in her class. Just do normal class things. Except there is no notebook and you're singing about 75-80% of the time.

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She's completely terrifying, and you'll either hate her or love her. Either way, she commands respect. While I wasn't fond of her, she was admittedly a good teacher. Her tests aren't that difficult either. Participate (she'll pick on you if you don't), do decently well on tests, and don't fool around, and you'll get a 93 for her class. Also, she can be funny sometimes.

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Jesus this teacher is great. She knows when we have the time to have fun, and when we don't, and she has the power to get us on track extremely quickly for a chorus of ~100 people. Though she often picks out and embarrasse s certain students, that's usually because she can pick out what the kid is wrong at a glance. She's also funny. hall is lyfe.

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Music App. isn't really that bad. It's just that Ms. Hall goes and gives us a and b and asks us what is c. She says we need to use your brains but asks us questions only she knows. she knows her subject and is overall a pretty good teacher.

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Ms. Hall behaves ridiculous in hall during every concert. She demoralizes the audience every time. Who did she pick as session leaders? Only her favorites and discriminates - that is very unprofessional for an old woman like her. She is not bad.

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Worst teacher ever!! She calls out kids during class and is late way too often. She is also very favorable and chooses kids that she like while she is mean and grumpy to all the others.

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She definitely has experience to teach Chorus. She was an international opera singer and she teaches well. She makes teaching fun and her reactions and expressions are silly and hilarious. She sometimes takes it a bit to seriously.

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Ms. Hall is a good teacher. I have her for Music Appreciation. She gives us so much information however, that is because she knows the material really really well. She can teach. I remember her saying something like, "those who can't do, teach". And that's not her case because she has sang internationally, got so many experiences and she's passing on all that to us. I think it's such a great honor to have her because she knows so much. I feel bad for her because lately she had surgeries :/

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Ms. Hall needs to understand that chorus lunch kids HATE the process, but they go through it to take her class. She just yelled at my friend for being a slow eater. Her class is an elective — she should feel good about herself that kids are willing to more or less drop lunch to take chorus; she seems to forget this.

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She definitely favors her chorus more than her music appreciation class. Have her for chorus and she is so fun :D She is very knowledgeable and passionate about singing. If you're having a problem with your voice, she can help you out. Wasn't in her music appreciation class, but from what I've heard...-_-

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I have mixed opinions on Ms. Hall. I respect her strict teaching style, but sometimes I think she goes off track and makes it hard to stay focus. I also don't like how she will ruin confidentiality and make personal information public. I also am not a big fan of her 10 minute breaks at the beginning of the class

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she ruined my chances of getting into harvard ...

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So Ms. Hall is hands down the worst teacher. She cannot understand that some individuals have a hard time being organized, so she puts them on the spotlight and embarasses them. She loves to embarass

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Ms.Hall is very strict, but she's also very smart, interesting, but also nice. Strict does no mean mean. Although I passed most of her tests without studying too hard, if you wan to get in the high 90

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I had her last term, and she was honestly my favorite teacher. Although everybody calls her evil, I really don't think that she is, and if you get to know her, she's amazing. :)

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I had her for music appreciation and i found her tests difficult, but if you study efficiently and effectively you will be fine ( i learned this the hard way). At first i did not like her class, howev

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she is not good. She makes people cry. She accuses other kids of cheating when maybe they just look up while taking a test. She is terrible.

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She really motivates you to do well, her classes are amazingly interesting and fun, and she gets the topics covered. She just excels at her job with knowledge and passion.

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I had her for Music Appreciation. She's gone completely off the deep end but she really changed my whole outlook on music, because I used to hate any kind of music for some reason. I think she's bipol

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Excellent BC CALC teacher in my opinion. The music of math is wonderful.

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gives impossible pop quizzes and doesn't play the main themes for listening! ...and is totally fine with failing her entire class :/

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OMG.... gives good grades if youre good on the tests!

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Either she hates you or she loves you. I mean, her class isn't hard but it isn't too easy. She really does care about her students and overall, her class is really interesting :D

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I sit through her music appreciation class everyday, even though I am not part of the class because I help out after chorus. She is such an amazing woman. You dont just learn about music, but about li

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well she's a little strict and a bit mean sometimes..but she really can be fun/funny...and plus, its music so personally, not too big a deal if my grades aren't that amazing...but yeah she's okay

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I miss Ms.Hall already ): She is such an interesting personnn! :D

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She's scary in the music appreciation class but nice in chorus. I had both of her classes, and she was much harsher to her music appreciation class. Just stay out of her way and do well on her tests a

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Laugh! Have fun in her classes!

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As long as you pay attention in class, you learn a lot and have some fun doing so. If you don't, though, you will be terribly behind and lose her respect, as well.

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Shes pretty nice. Just dont act like an idiot and make sure to do your work. Shes reasonable.

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i have her for chorus. she's really demanding, but she's a nice person and everything she does is to help you and the chorus sound better. go miss hall!!

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i have her for chorus. she's extremely nice to freshmen :). she jokes around a lot and she can be a really great person to talk to. but she expects us to try our hardest and wont accept anything lower

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I have her for Chorus, and her eccentrities make it funny :D also gives some good instructions for singing.

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She's a great singer, pop quizzes are annoying and she rushes but overall, she's fun to have. Be warned though, she is quite nutty at times, get on the wrong side, you are screwed.

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if she decides she hates you, she shouts at you if you drop a pencil or look like you're not paying attention, which is actually pretty funny to watch for other students.

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Hall is more of a traditional teacher... except that every other sentence she says it a joke. it is sometimes funny, but not always. take notes and follow her (messy) directions, and you'll pass.

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Amazing singer and really clear on explaining. She knows her stuff! But you have to pay attention and remember to take notes!

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Good teacher but very, very mean and strict. This is not a fool around class like so many in the music department are.

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Ms. Hall is an incredible teacher. She truly changed me and got me interested in music, especially opera. Extremely knowledgeable and can be hilarious! Worth having, though she's tough.

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Truly the most amazing teacher I ever had. Amazing singer and conductor. She is so funny and chorus is always such a pleasure to be in.

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i like ms hall, she's a little weird,,, but she really loves her students

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A truly great human being.

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doesn't know you if you're in music app.,sorry-she doesn't even grade, her monitors do. Oh,

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she singles out kids to pick on, but other than that, shes really nice. mad hyped about her subject, and tries to make us hyped. lets us out late though.

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if you have her for music appreciation, just find a way to do extremely well on the finals and your grade will be beautiful.

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Her heart's in the right place. She only snaps when you're being disrespectful or misbehaving. Believe it or not, she has a sense of humor. Just make sure you show up for sectionals.

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Ms. Hall is fair. She gets mad only when students aren't fully attentive and enthusiastic. Sometimes she gives out words of wisdom yet also isn't afraid of bluntly cracking jokes. A great personality.

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Some would say she's not easy, but she's just being fair. This rating is really relative to most of the other teachers at the school

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She's really funny, Chorus is always fun and entertaining and ditto.

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She will teach you the real lessons in life and use her passion to show you what there is to love about music.

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Without a doubt, she is one of the most amazing teachers you'll ever meet. How many real successful opera singers would go work as a teacher to inspire others? It's not like she can't sing anymore.

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Always lets us out of chorus late, so I am always late to my next class. Not understanding at all. Will hold a grudge indefinitely. Just try to stay quiet and unnoticed and you'll get your 97-100.

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Well, i don't know how she is in music appreciation. But she is a very easy grader for chorus, obviously b/c she doesn't know all 250 kids. Just don't get caught fooling around and you're all set.

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Ms. Hall has enriched my life with music. She is the most passionate teacher I've had to date (...and I'm 25 ^^)

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she's one of the best teachers that i've ver had. she really knows her stuff and is just so darn cool. :)

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Very passionate about her work, her students, and her music. Any high school music department would be very fortunate to have her. Go stuy!

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never had her for a teacher but got in trouble with her for screaming into her classroom. very two-sided, very loud and angry at one moment, very nice at the next

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She is an egoist who hardly cares about the students. SHe plays favorites most of the time and is mainly only kind to them. She doesnt know much about music, and probably takes her tests from books.

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She cares SOOOO much and is really nice, she can go from making you feel scared to death of her to making you uncomfortable because she is being too kind. You can tell she loves and is great at teaching. I am a huge fan!

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The kids in chorus all say she's nice...I think she's terrifying. She comes into the band room and yells at winkel for not closing the door, and says we sound bad. Once she came in and complemented us and we were all amazed.

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I learned so much from her. i thought she was one of the best teachers in stuyvesant. her music appreciation class was one of the few classes where i needed more than one notebook to take down notes. :D

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despite everything (her craziness, mean-ness, bipolarness, etc), i love her. she cares a lot about what she does, more than any teacher at stuy probably.

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She lectures us more on morals than music history. Her quizzes are hard but if the person next to you is nice, just pretend that you're swapping quizzes and grade your own. Do well on the final, otherwise you're doomed.

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ms hall is great

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Ms. Hall is a very energetic teacher. She makes her tests impossible though and then she complains about how disappointed she is when she sees low grades. I'll be glad when I leave her class.

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I had her for chorus, and I miss her so much. She's totally eccentric, but definitely the liveliest person from floors 1 - 10. Having her for 4 years was NOT ENOUGH. Her goofy laughs and strange jokes will be with me forever.

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Ms. Hall is awesome!

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had her for chorus and randomly picked on me for some reason but other than that, makes the chorus laugh and is the very weird which is sorta nice. however, be under the rada!

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Best teacher i''ve ever had. she's hilarious & interesting. her tests are killer hard, but if you can write fast, listen well, and study hard, you'll do great. JUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO MESS UP IN CLASS. she sees everything.

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not very helpful

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A very efficient teacher. Can be scary at times though.

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Very tough teacher but so inspiring! Got my child interested in classical music.

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she said my voice was a nightmare. 'nuff said. BUT....she is freakin hilarious..and nice at times

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