Very great teacher, he knows how to conduct and has a very good musical ear, he is a lot of fun and has good relationships with his students he likes to challenge us but in a good way a motto of his is, "dont be dumb"
If you are leaving Jeff Miller's dictatorship, Pat Holen's band class will shock you. It will take time getting used to his free flowing attitude but he is a great leader and has been learning more and more about music each year. You will need to have good practicing habits as it is not "required," yet he still expects his students to sound good. You will make great friends with him and your fellow musicians and if you're looking for more technical difficulty, try out for Jazz Band or Evergreen.
awesome teacher. i really like him..........................................................................................
I LOVE MR. HOLEN! He is such a sweet, nice guy, and he has a really cute baby. He's not strict enough, though, which sucks because if he was a little bit stricter then he would be a perfect teacher.
He's a super nice guy. He is not very strict or hard on the band members which is nice but doesn't get the band very high band festival scores. We never got a one. But the class is a blast and feels like a family.
he's a really great person, and has an awesome sense of humor. he doesn't really expect much from students, which is nice if you aren't that serious about band and just do it for fun, but it can be annoying if you are really serious about it and want to improve a lot. so if you have a laid back attitude towards it he'll be awesome, otherwise maybe not as serious as you'd like him to be.
Mr. Holen is a great guy and I've learned a ton from him....he's not the brightest bulb....but he's a nice person!!!!
doesn't really care about marching band and i dont think we practice it nearly enough
What a pleasant person and energized my child in band. Not the most technical but gets the band involved and runs a great program.
There are good and bad things about him. There are definitely better teachers out there. We should sound a hell of a lot better than we do...But there's something about his teaching style that makes band very fun. Like already said, he's getting better, and he's finally opening up to more ideas. It's not an easy job he has, and overall, he's doin' a pretty good job. For those of us in Jazz...New York is gonna be pretty amazing.....trust me.
he's a good teacher, and is working hard for the IHS and IMS band programs. He may not be the best teacher, but he's steadily improving. I've been his student for 6 years, and I've learned a lot. He is very willing to let his students try new things in class, and he loves all types of music. His sense of humor allows him to deal with the stresses of dealing with about 200 6-12th graders a day. I don't know if I would enjoy music as much as I do without him as a teacher and mentor.
Veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bad music teacher, and is only look out for what the district thinks of him. He is slowly improving though, greatly increased his teaching ability
Needs to learn how to work with kids that aren't his age.