Ryan Taylor
Germantown, MD
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Ryan Taylor

Ryan T.

Germantown, MD
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My passion for music began when I was seven years old. It all started for me with composition and improvisation. I love to create my own original music and I have since the very beginning of my musical journey. To this day, composition and improvisation are some of my favorite things to do and favorite things to teach. My love of creating original music inspired me to write an educational book on the topic and develop my own unique method for approaching these topics.

My teaching philosophy includes an integrated method of intellectual and creative development. It is truly unfortunate that so often music theory is presented as a mere collection of naming systems and rules. To me, understanding music with the mind is a key ingredient to becoming an effective and inspired artist. In music lessons, I teach not just how to talk about music but the fascinating complexity of how music operates - the fundamental principles that illuminate the translation of sound into thoughts and emotional expression.

But musical creativity can't be a matter of only intellectualization either! Through a process of working on projects, receiving feedback, and learning key strategies for creating more of what you want in your music, we will dive head first into the art of creating original music. Depending on your goals, I can also incorporate instruction on ear training, arranging, orchestration, and music production (technology). And finally, together we will explore the deep introspective questions of what you want to express in your music and the vast constellation of possibilities to choose from.

I offer instruction in a variety of styles ranging from classical to jazz to rock to electronic. While providing a broad, synergistic foundation in musical skills and understanding, I also encourage students to pursue their unique interests and inspirations. On the first lesson with a new student, I'll always go over the options for potential areas of study and work with the student to develop an appropriate course of study customized to their needs and interests.

About Ryan T.

Ryan is a composer, author, pianist, music producer, and teacher. Ryan is the author of a music theory and composition textbook entitled The Theory and Creation of Music. He has won awards for his original music, such as his first place award for Best Original Film Score in the Montgomery County Film Festival in 2011. He also has performed in prestigious venues like the Takoma Park Jazz Festival and the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Ryan has written music in orchestral to electronic styles and performed as both a classical and jazz pianist.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production. He was accepted in 2013 with a scholarship and finished the four-year program only two and half years later. He has studied with great teachers such as the amazing composer and concert pianist Jeffrey Chappell. He has also studied guitar performance on the side and experiments with different instruments whenever he can.

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Alan B.
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I have a great rapport with Ryan. I think we work very well with Ryan. I am always looking forward to our next session.

Posted Feb 27, 2021
Rihaan J.
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Ryan is soo patient with my 5 year old. He teaches very nicely 2 classes and my son can already play 3 songs ..looking forward to many more..

Posted Dec 19, 2020
Garima
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Posted Dec 16, 2020
April ..
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Not a bad first lesson. Probably just need to work on some technical issues to get a better experience.

Posted Oct 9, 2020
Jessica
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My daughter loves him, she’s always excited for the next class. He id sweet and patient, very professional and exellent teacher! He always available for questions so always willing to help out. Awesome teacher!

Posted Sep 18, 2018
Sarah F.
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He is a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate teacher.

Posted Sep 12, 2018
Joshua A.
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This is our first experience with Ryan
My son is very interested and so far learning well from Ryan I will choose him for future lessons too

Posted Sep 11, 2018
Joey
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Ryan is great, and has a soft touch that works well with kids. We recommend him to anyone.

Posted Sep 4, 2018
Arbaaz H.
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Excellent teacher. My son was not even sure if he wants to do piano but only after first class he is super excited and looking forward to future lessons.

Posted Jun 26, 2018
Pooja
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It was my 5th class today and Ryan has been very patient, understanding and fun. He makes it easy like learning from a friend! Thank you Ryan.

Posted Jun 6, 2018
Lyra
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We had our first lesson, went very well. Maybe by summer we'll look into making lessons more frequent. He works very well with our 6 year old.

Posted Apr 29, 2018
Lynn
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Ryan has a passion for creating and playing music that he clearly wants to share with those new to the art as well as those with experience. His joy is greatest when he is able to foster musical connections for others and help them grow in their own enthusiasm and understanding. Ryan is a an excellent teacher; patient and kind. If you are looking for a task master, Ryan is not your guy. But if you are looking for someone who can spark passion and a deeper appreciation for the craft of creating and playing music, there is no better person I can recommend.

Posted Dec 9, 2017

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Experience

Improvisation Workshop Presenter
Oct 2018 - Jan 2020

New Culture East and Dance Camp New England

Piano Teacher
Feb 2018 - Oct 2018

School of Rock

Piano, Guitar and Music Class Teacher
Mar 2018 - Apr 2018

Bach to Rock

Education

Bachelor of Music Degree in Contemporary Writing and Production
Sep 2013 - Aug 2015

Berklee College of Music

Awards

Best Original Film Score
May 2011

Montgomery County Film Festival

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