Marilyn Taylor

Marilyn T.

Cleveland, OH
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Marilyn delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+

Teaching since:

Violinist Marilyn earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2012, and her Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2014, where she served as concertmaster of the CIM orchestra.

Marilyn has taught at St. Ignatius High School and at Birchwood School, in addition to performing with the Akron, Firelands, and Cleveland Pops Orchestras, and managing her private studio. She is trained and registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach through Unit 4 of the Suzuki Violin literature. Marilyn currently resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with her husband, violinist Julian.


Section Violin
Sep 2015 - Present
Akron Symphony Orchestra

Section Violin player in the Akron Symphony Orchestra

Program Director
Jan 2015 - Present
Coda Mountain Academy, Inc.

Designing and evaluating program to fit campers’ needs; writing grants; implementing marketing plans to recruit students; implementing practices for communication with students and parents before, during, and after the application process; overseeing daily operation of the camp.

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Substitute Violin
Nov 2014 - Present
Cleveland Pops Orchestra

Substitute violin in the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

Section Violin
Sep 2012 - Present
Firelands Symphony Orchestra

Section Violin player in the Firelands Symphony Orchestra.

Violin/Viola Instructor
Aug 2015 - May 2016
Birchwood School

Teaching group violin/viola classes at the beginner and intermediate level; teaching ensemble; teaching private violin and viola lessons

Strings Teacher
Aug 2014 - Jun 2015
St. Ignatius High School

Teaching high school students how to play chamber music, proper instrument techniques, and theory; teaching private lessons


Master of Music in Violin Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Cleveland Institute of Music
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Eastman School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


SAA Registered - Violin Units 1 - 4
May 2014
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Marilyn has been trained and is certified through Suzuki Violin units 1-4.


Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Oct 2013

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

Photos & Videos

With students after our Winter Recital, 2016.

Working with students on a team-building exercise at Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival in Fayetteville, WV, 2016.

Performance in Lynchburg, Virginia with pianist, Gustavo Romero.

Playing principal second violin in a reading with conductor, Marin Alsop, at CIM.

Photo by Marilyn T.

String quartet performance at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor
Marilyn Marks Taylor 
Michael McCarthy
John Petrey 
Seth Russell
Gustavo Romero
With students after a great performance at Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival in Fayetteville, WV.

Coaching and performing with the Advanced Chamber Music track at Coda Mountain Academy Summer Music Festival, 2016.
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8 Reviews

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Katrina G. Jul 13, 2017
Violin · In studio

Amazing first lesson!! :) I'm a beginner with very little musical experience beyond picking up my violin once in a while, and by the end of our 45 minutes Marilyn had me playing a couple of different rhythms and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. She covered the bow hold and how to position the violin, where your fingers should be -- all the essential basics you would expect to learn at a first lesson. She was super, super nice and great to talk with! If you have any questions, she's happy to answer them, and it was just all around a great experience. The time went by so fast -- 45 minutes felt like 15 minutes! Can't wait for our next one!

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Janis from Lakewood, OH May 15, 2017
Violin · In studio

Marilyn is AWESOME! She's energetic and so enthusiastic with her teaching. She clearly expresses her joy in music, and in teaching others. Because of her lessons with Marilyn, my daughter loves playing violin and she always looks forward to her next lesson. I highly recommend Marilyn!

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Linda Mar 30, 2017
Violin · In home

Our 8 year old son, Ben, takes violin with Mrs. Taylor once a week. He loves the time with her & she is wonderful with him. Disciplined, but fun and always encouraging. She is so talented, which is inspiring for Ben. She is also very accommodating when our schedule gets hectic, which happens from time to time with two busy kids!

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Lane M. Mar 24, 2016
Violin · In home

awesome teacher and super nice :)

Mason D. Mar 18, 2016
Violin · In studio

We had a great first lesson and we are looking forward to next week. Marilyn was great with Mason and made it a lot of fun!

Hannah C. Feb 5, 2016
Violin · In studio

Very Good and fun

Tina Jan 12, 2016
Violin · In studio

Our 7 year old daughter asked to take Violin lessons for a year before we were convinced that she was really interested. Searching for a teacher started. Our daughter needed a female teacher who has smile on their face, enthusiasm, talent, knowledge, and exhibits true joy in playing and teaching. We found her in Marilyn. She has been able to relate to our daughters energy and her excitement to play. We are very happy to continue lesson with Marilyn for years to come.

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Gretchen Jan 11, 2016
Violin · In studio

My son has been taking lessons from Marilyn for the last 3 years, and has grown so much in his skill and confidence! He really enjoys his lessons, and they have a great working relationship!

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