Robert Taylor

Robert T.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I specialize in 5-string banjo, using the three-finger (bluegrass) technique. More specifically, I use a hybrid style of Scruggs/Melodic/Reno bluegrass techniques.

Banjo is the cure for sadness. Fact. It is also an incredibly diverse instrument, capable of playing simple chord accompaniments, or playing hyper-complicated Bach Sonatas (seriously, it's a thing).

Lessons with me will cover anything and everything from basic chord shapes and picking patterns (rolls), to single note techniques, melodic playing, scales, improvising, song tabs, chord charts, song writing, jamming with friends, and playing by ear.

For banjo I usually assign listening homework to my students. I feel that music appreciation is a huge component of being a good musician.

About Robert T.

Robert T. is a guitarist, banjoist, and ukuleleist with over 20 years of teaching experience. Some notable achievements in Robert’s career include winning the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and touring internationally as a recording artist with CandyRat Records. Robert’s music has also been performed by the Canadian Brass, has appeared on CBC Radio 2, and has been featured in multiple film soundtracks. In addition to these accomplishments, Robert also holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Toronto.

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Oriana
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Robert is extremely knowledgeable and super funny. I have learned so much from taking lessons with him.

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Connor
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Robert is really awesome and patient. I'm like a total noob but he obviously really likes teaching me, I've learned a lot, too.

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Edith
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My daughter, Samantha, takes ukulele from Rob and she loves every minute of it. She even has her own YouTube channel now where she sings and plays! I'm such a proud momma!

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Dale
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I was a bit nervous to start but Robert made me feel very comfortable, and made learning the guitar really fun!

Posted Mar 25, 2020

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Experience

Guitar, Ukulele and Banjo Teacher
Jul 2017 - Present

Private Studio

Maintaining a studio of 30 students - organizing biannual recitals and various administrative duties.

Guitar and Music Technology Instructor
Sep 2012 - Sep 2019

Dixon Hall Not For Profit Community Center

Maintaining a studio of 20 students - organizing biannual recitals and various administrative duties. Teaching and running music technology camps where I would teach students how to build electronic musical instruments.

Teaching Assistant
Sep 2015 - Apr 2017

University of Toronto

Taught undergraduate classes in music composition and electronic music ("electroacoustic") history and dissemination.

Guitar, Ukulele and Banjo Teacher
Sep 2002 - Jun 2011

Walters Music

Maintaining a studio of 30 students - organizing annual recitals and various administrative duties.

Guitar Instructor
Sep 2000 - Sep 2002

Academy of Music

Maintaining a studio of 40 students . Various administrative duties.

Education

M.Mus. in Music Composition
Sep 2015 - Apr 2017

University of Toronto

B.Mus. in Music Composition
Sep 2011 - Apr 2015

University of Toronto

Languages

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

french

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion
Aug 2004

Canadian Guitar Festival

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