Nate Holder

Musician | Author | International Speaker

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Nate Holder

Musician | Author | International Speaker

Nate led a workshop for members of the Music Teachers' Association which were both thought-provoking and fear-busting, with some simple, practical actions to take away from the session.
Simon Toyne - MTA President

https://www.nateholdermusic.com/

Biography —

Nate Holder BA (Hons), MMus is a musician, author, speaker and music education consultant based in London. He graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a BA (Hons) in Music. He moved to Hamburg, Germany and quickly embedded himself into the music scene there, and was soon traveling and teaching across Europe performing with different bands and artists including Johannes Oerding, Latonius and SaraJane. He was appointed as the musical director for two music theatre shows, working with over 40 young people to write, arrange and perform to sold-out audiences. 

Moving back to London, he started teaching in various Primary schools while continuing to travel and perform. He founded Holders Hill Publishing in 2017 and published his first book called ‘I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons’ in 2018. He completed a master’s degree in music at Kingston University with a 1st class degree and winning the MMus Prize for Outstanding Achievement. 

Nate continued to perform, tour and record with artists such as KOKOROKO, Ghetts and New Purple Celebration across Europe, until the pandemic stopped all performances. After the murder of George Floyd sparked worldwide protests, he began to speak at universities and music education hubs, and consult for music industry leaders.

He is currently serving as a Professor and International Chair of Music Education at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has written 5 books in total:

I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons (2018)

Why Is My Piano Black and White? (2020)

Where Are All The Black Female Composers? (2020)

Where Are All The Instruments? European Orchestra (2021)

Where Are All The Instruments? European Orchestra activity book (2021)

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"The training days were excellent. Nate created a safe space where our staff, partners and teachers could explore The subject of white-privilege, anti-racism and were able to challenge their own biases. This work has never been done before in Music Services across the country and Nate broke new ground with such skill, depth of knowledge, professionalism and openness throughout the sessions."

Leicestershire Schools Music Service

It was an absolute pleasure to have Nate speak to us at our 'St Ignatius College Black Lives Matter' virtual inset day. The session was thought-provoking, insightful, informative and inspiring for colleagues and gave us an insight into the perspective and experiences of black people in London today. This in turn prompted colleagues to engage in an open discussion once the session was over which was very powerful. This was a great catalyst for us to really consider how we work and next steps."

St.Ignatius Primary School

Selected Discography —

Where Are All The Instruments? European Orchestra

With this book from The Why Book series, introduce young children to many instruments from the European orchestra!The Jumo Orchestra are about to play a concert, but there's a problem. They open up their cases and all their instruments are missing! The conductor of the orchestra calls Olivia, Zaki, Phoebe and Callum (The Why Squad) to find the instruments for the orchestra. The Why Squad search everywhere for the missing violins, cellos and tubas in the park, at the zoo, in the desert, underwater and even in space! They find all the instruments and give them back to the Jumo Orchestra who play an amazing concert! Colorful illustrations and a diverse and inclusive orchestra help children see themselves represented on every page. Can you find all the hidden instruments? Don't forget about the QR code at the back of the book for more! The Why Music series gives children an introduction to music and musicians throughout history. Each book features a diverse range of characters, musicians and encourages children to ask 'Why?'

Where Are All The Instruments? European Orchestra Activity Book

With this book from The Why Book series, introduce young children to many instruments from the European orchestra!The Jumo Orchestra are about to play a concert, but there's a problem. They open up their cases and all their instruments are missing! The conductor of the orchestra calls Olivia, Zaki, Phoebe and Callum (The Why Squad) to find the instruments for the orchestra. The Why Squad search everywhere for the missing violins, cellos and tubas in the park, at the zoo, in the desert, underwater and even in space! They find all the instruments and give them back to the Jumo Orchestra who play an amazing concert! Colorful illustrations and a diverse and inclusive orchestra help children see themselves represented on every page. Can you find all the hidden instruments? Don't forget about the QR code at the back of the book for more! The Why Music series gives children an introduction to music and musicians throughout history. Each book features a diverse range of characters, musicians and encourages children to ask 'Why?'

Why Is My Piano Black and White?

Why Is My Piano Black And White? is the first children's reference book all about the piano! It takes you on a musical journey to help you discover the weird and wonderful world of the piano, and the people who have made music on it! Filled with fun facts, jokes, quizzes and music - after you read it, the piano will never be the same again! Let Olivia, Callum, Zaki and Pheobe introduce you to pianists like Billy Joel, Khatia Buniatishvili, Mary Lou Williams, and Stevie Wonder, be inspired by some of the most interesting people who have ever played the piano! Is middle C really in the middle? What is the world's most expensive piano? Who composed a cat piano concerto? You'll have to read it to find out!

Where Are All The Black Female Composers?

Who wrote music with an astronaut? Who has her own Google Doodle? Who has written music in 6 different languages?Where Are All The Black Female Composers? is the first children's illustrated reference book all about Black female composers! It takes you on a musical journey to discover many over 80 women who have written various kinds of classical music over the past 150 years. Read as Olivia, Callum, Zaki and Pheobe explore the lives and achievements of composers like Nora Holt, Errollyn Wallen, Kathryn Bostic, Florence Price and more. Filled with fun facts, quizzes and music, Where Are All The Black Female Composers? is the perfect introduction to past and present Black female classical composers

I Wish I Didn't Quit: Music Lessons

Your child starts playing an instrument. Then they grow frustrated, impatient and bored. Then they quit and years later wish they didnt. Why does this happen to so many people? Bad teaching? Boring music? Is playing the clarinet not cool enough? How can you stop this from happening? What can you do to help? I Wish I Didn't Quit: Music Lessons gives you the tools and ideas to help your child succeed along their musical journey. By understanding your role in their journey, your child's musical environment and what really made Mozart a genius, you can help your child to love their instrument and never regret giving up. Tips and anecdotes from some of the world's top musicians and industry professionals will help you to understand how you can give your children an amazing set of lifelong skills, confidence and experiences. Featuring Jermaine Griggs (CEO and Founder of HearAndPlay.com), Hannah V (Rhianna, JP Cooper, Stormzy), Ken Burton (Marvel's Black Panther & award-winning choirmaster), Gilles Peterson (award-winning BBC Radio 6 DJ & entrepreneur), Kaz Rodriguez (drummer and composer)

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