Susan B. Taylor
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Susan B. Taylor

Susan T.

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Beginner, Intermediate
Hello and welcome to my teaching world! I love teaching piano, as it has always been my strongest instrument. I start students as young as four or five (six to seven ideal).

Most of my students are, or become honor (AP) students. Learning music is especially helpful in learning math as music and math are based on patterns. Engineers and musicians have the same thing in common: They learn by recognizing patterns.

For young beginners, I use Alfred's Beginner course(s). For students 9+ years of age, I use John Thompson's Modern or Adult course(s) - students will get quicker results - with emphasis on classical technique after students become familiar with five-finger hand positions, intervals and dynamics.

Both courses utilize practice CDs or online practice tools/apps that contain pre-recorded accompaniments, so students feel as though they are playing along in a band, or orchestra - this is EXCELLENT for learning rhythm.

If a student leans more toward accompanying themselves on piano while singing, I can greatly assist as my 30+ professional career was as piano/voice/guitar singer-songwriter; so I teach combination lessons if desired: piano/voice or guitar/voice.

Come to me knowing which songs you want to eventually perform on piano/voice, or piano in general.

About Susan T.

Hi there, thanks for taking a look at my profile. I teach online lessons via Zoom, FaceTime, or Messenger.

I have built a successful teaching business based on teaching children and adults alike, who love music, want to play for personal pleasure, or eventually work professionally, and/or gain entry into various academies. If you (or your child) are showing signs of high musical intelligence (sings a lot, keeps good rhythm, or is attracted to an instrument), I would be very interested in talking with you to provide a good start in musical training/education.

You will know your young child (4 or below) is gifted or has a natural love for creating and making music if they are singing along with the radio on key, or pretending to be playing an instrument along with music they hear.

After 30+ years of professional musicianship spanning across two continents (North America and Europe) with original published songs available digitally (on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) and two CDs on the market (a third containing jazz standards/originals mastered) I retired from "performing" in 2010 and started teaching classical, blues, jazz and pop piano; piano/voice, classical guitar, pop and/or rock guitar/voice, songwriting and theory.

My motto: From the movie, Beethoven Lives Upstairs (family film on youTube) ... "Great musicians need the spirit of a gypsy; the discipline of a soldier!"

I especially enjoy teaching families with multiple siblings (as young as 3 1/2 - degreed in Family and Child Development: Social Services and Early Childhood Education so I am very, very good with Pre-K). I can get any combination of two or more people playing music together mixing instruments (please see reviews). Many of my current middle and high school Takelessons students started with me when they were four or five and now perform regularly in student showcases, school talent shows, in church; five students gained entry into the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, one of them is currently the jazz band's keyboardist/pianist.

One of my adult students (a songwriter) quit his professional job as attorney; after 30 voice lessons he signed with an LA based eight-time grammy award winning music producer. Last word with him - he was touring the east coast with regular airplay on FM/digital radio stations. My own original music is available same formats.

Lessons are recurring, once per week - it is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, fine motor skills simultaneously using repetitive movements, patterns, and momentum. I host annual student showcases at independent senior centers, most students grow and love these experiences … the people there are great and it really helps build students’ confidence levels.

I wrote my first song at 17 and helped work my way through college playing my original music and covers as solo artist in coffee shops in Manhattan KS and at KSU’s student union. As songwriter and founding member of “Progressive Wood” (a KSU prominent band), we performed at campus parties, state fairs and festivals as I earned my bachelors degree.

Starting 2005, I worked many years as one of Arlington ISD's favored substitute teacher, teaching general elementary music classes, middle and high school orchestra, band, and choir. I was asked to create and teach a beginning songwriting class for elementary students and from the very first day had kids K-6 behaving in the palm of my hand. Some of those students eventually recorded their own original songs in professional studios. Current students are composing their own songs with plans to schedule recording sessions in professional grade studios here in DFW. One guitar student in the 5th grade is planning a small business playing classical guitar at weddings (first wedding performance coming up June 22).

If you already know an instrument and want to take combination lessons - Voice/Piano or Voice/Guitar and/or composition, or brush up on childhood learned skills, I am an motivator!, I LOVE teaching people how to recognize and use creative energy.

If you are the creative type and wish to compose your own music or need help with production, I teach not only composition … also arranging, music production, notation, business organization and legal aspects of copyrights and international distribution (experienced paralegal in entertainment law). I am the founder and owner of SBT Records, and Little Road Publishing Company which I created to produce and distribute my own music back in 1990.

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Raymond F.
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The best instructor I had an experience with by far.

Posted Sep 2, 2020
Bianca
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Fantastic and patient with kids

Posted Apr 11, 2020
Fiona
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My daughter has been under the wonderful care of Ms. Taylor for over 2 years now and she has learned and grown tremendously under her care. From not knowing how to read notes or any finger placements, to reading notes and switching things up ( different tempos) while playing the piano on her own.

Ms. Taylor pays attention to detail and is very easy going that makes it easy for my daughter to learn. She is very compassionate. She has also taught her breathing techniques along with voice training. She keeps her grounded and motivated. My daughter has a passion for music and is in the best possible hands. She is very flexible and accommodating!

Thank you so much for everything you do to help her flourish!!

We LOVE and APPRECIATE YOU!!

Posted Sep 16, 2019
Robert W.
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Ms T she are the greatest ever, she stick with what she are teaching you slow going but accurate, ooh yes she are a real teacher (the best yet)

Posted Sep 10, 2019
Kirby M.
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Susan is a excellent teacher, she has shown great patience and allows you to learn at your own pace. For an adult student with very little childhood training and having taken lessons once before as an adult she has done a masterful job learning what I want to learn and has been very open minded on which direction to go in as far as my lessons go. I am amazed that she has pulled some thoughts and ideas out of me that I didn't realize I had and has taught me patience in learning the piano.
If you are an adult student wanting to learn the piano or advance in piano Susan is the perfect teacher, she is flexible and takes the time to learn what your individual goals are in the piano. She has changed courses with my learning based on my interests, and for that I am thankful. If you are looking for a very talented music teacher (especially if you have done lessons before and have been thinking of giving it one last try) I would highly recommend Susan as the person to work with. 5 stars all the way!!

Posted Apr 22, 2018
Kirby M.
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very good lesson, Susan has been a pleasure to work with. I continue to learn a lot from her style of teaching in a very relaxed environment. After 3 lessons I have retained more from her than any one I have worked with in the past.

Posted Oct 3, 2017
Brian V.
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Susan was very welcoming and patient. My son is excited for more lessons.

Posted Aug 3, 2017
Russ W.
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SUSAN B. Gave me new direction and a great platform
in continuing to be a better musician. Also gave me
encouragement that makes me feel good about
what I have achieved.

Posted Aug 3, 2017
(Inactive) Elijah O.
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My brother and I love Ms Taylor. She is patient and teaches us great skills on the piano. We thank God for the training.

Posted Jul 13, 2017
Isaiah & Elijah O.
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Ms Taylor is so wonderful with my kids. They keep improving with each class and they love her so much.

Posted Jul 13, 2017
Candis
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Ms. Taylor is a great musical instructor! Her attention to the abilities of her students maximizes their skill. She gives them pieces to both challenge them and enable them to thoroughly develop their musical ability.

Posted Jul 9, 2017
Dawn
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Susan does a great job working with my son Mitchell. He has learned a lot!

Posted Jul 7, 2017
allyson
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Great experience! Instantly fell in love with Susan and her teaching patience and style with our 5 year old! She did not want to leave and cannot wait for her next lesson!

Posted May 23, 2017
Khanh L.
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I just had my first lesson with her and I LOVE IT. I think I have chosen the right teacher for my piano journey. She is very friendly and passionate about music. I am looking forward to studying with her on my next lesson.

Posted Apr 28, 2017
Elaine H.
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Ms. Taylor's expertise and motivational teaching has led to my daughter being able to flourish with her piano lessons. In the 2 years that she has taken lessons, she became an intermediate student and has taken on more difficult pieces. Ms. Taylor is excellent in assessing her student's level and needs, and she encourages them to surpass their own goals.

Posted Mar 16, 2017
Joseph J.
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She is very patient with my son. My son enjoyed his first lesson.

Posted Dec 1, 2016
Jordan R.
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Mrs. Susan was a perfect match for my son. She's very patient, knowledgeable and very kind! My son walked out from his first lesson with her with such excitement in jumping back into lessons after a five month break. Looking forward to many more!!

Posted Nov 28, 2016
Matt
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Susan is an excellent teacher because she tailors her approach to the student's needs and goals, regardless of the student's age or experience or what their ultimate goals might be. Singing is not one-size-fits-all and different people learn in different ways. Susan is very sensitive to that. In my case, she mixed exercises from a number of sources with her own techniques and guidance to help me develop some good habits and techniques and ultimately find my natural voice. I can be very hard on myself, but I always believed I could reach my goals with Susan.

Posted Oct 10, 2016
C G.
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Reasons to love Susan Taylor: She has all the markers of a great teacher; she instructs well, is very patient, kind and encouraging. When I say ‘encouraging,’ I really mean that. She can be one of your biggest cheerleaders, always pushing you towards your goals and praising your efforts and acknowledging when you have improved. Something else about Susan is that she is helpful at crafting her lessons around your goals. Just what do you want to achieve with your lessons? Think about it, share with her your thoughts and she’ll help you get there! I also appreciate her calm nature, her organized approach to things and that she keeps a nice, clean space for me to come and learn all this fun stuff I want to know! I am VERY, VERY, VERY happy to call her my teacher.

Posted Jun 17, 2016
Andrea
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My daughter just had her first singing lesson, and she enjoyed so much! She is really excited for her next lesson.

Posted Apr 15, 2016
Rachel F.
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Great teacher! My daughter has learned so much and loves working with her!

Posted Apr 3, 2016
Olivia B.
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Very amazing teacher. Very kind and sweet and makes sure you understand the lessons. She is passionate in what she does and you can see that she loves to help others learn.

Posted Mar 30, 2016
CITLALLI
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Nice experience my daughter love it!.

Posted Mar 12, 2016
Jennifer E.

She's really nice and very welcoming. Recommend!

Posted Jan 5, 2016
Angela B.
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I loved my first lesson and I have already learned so much! I can't wait to go again!

Posted Dec 11, 2015
Dianne M.
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Susan really tries to work with each individual. She finds out what they are interested in and implements that into the lessons. She really engages the student. Recommend!

Posted Jul 27, 2015
Doris T.
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Ms. Taylor is a great music instructor.
My daughter improved her skills in piano and singing.
She's very flexible with time /day of lessons as long as you tell her ahead of time.
She's the best instructor I know in Grand Prairie area.

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Doris T.
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Ms . Taylor is a great music teacher.
My daughter improved her skills in piano and singing.
She's very flexible with change in time/ day of the lessons.
She's the best music teacher in Grand Prairie that I know so far.

Posted Jul 9, 2015
Keith Smelser
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Very patient and helpful.

Posted Jul 2, 2015
Patricia N.
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Excellent! Patient, professional, and very nice. I am well satisifed with what Laren has learned, so far. Playing the piano and singing at the same time! I highly recomment Ms. Taylor. :-)

Posted Jun 23, 2015
Valery L.
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Valery loved her 1st class.. she can't wait to go again next week. Ms. Taylor was firm but so nice to the girls.

Posted Jun 16, 2015
Vanessa L.
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Ms. Taylor was so helpful with my girls. She has great knowledge of her instruments.

Posted Jun 16, 2015
Rebecca Lowery
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I have had four lessons so far, and cannot wait to continue them!

Posted Jun 4, 2015
Tanya J.
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We love Ms Taylor! My son (6) started piano on his 5th birthday and a year later he is still excited and can't wait for his lessons with Ms Taylor. He wants to practice and is always so excited when he finishes a song. He loves showing off to his friends and family, playing songs on the piano. Admittedly, when we started piano, I wasn't expecting much, as my son was a typical 5 year old boy, who likes to wiggle and loses focus quickly; however, Ms Taylor is caring, patient and very knowledgeable and works great with children, and my son is really enjoying his piano lessons and has asked to take on guitar lessons as well in the future. Great teacher and experience!

Posted Feb 26, 2015
Kathryn R.

excellent piano teacher

Susan Taylor is an excellent piano teacher. We are very, very happy with the lessons she has given us. She has that much desired quality of being flexible and understanding, not pushing the student too hard, and yet expecting the student to "perfect" her short pieces, so that she is playing beautifully right from the start. I highly recommend Ms. Taylor to anyone, adult or child, who is interested in learning to play the piano.

Posted Jan 16, 2014
Mary S.

Amazing

Ms. Taylor is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient, caring and understanding. I am very shy and have anxiety problems but she does her best to help me to relax and not feel so shy. She is very knowledgable and helpful. You couldn't ask for a better instructor.

Posted Jan 6, 2014
Yilfashewa S.

Good Job

Suzan is a good piano teacher; my doubter was accepted to good music based school after only a short time preparation with Suzan for an audition. She is always pleasant to work with, highly knowledgeable and very professional. If my daughter continues the lesson with her, she will be perfect playing the piano or even be a teacher herself. Keep up the good job Suzan.

Posted Jan 2, 2014
Li E.

Great teaching skills

Susan has a great way with my son. She is very patient and sweet. She also is very knowledgeable about teaching my son a particular way as he has ADD/ADHD. He loves playing the piano which makes it easy as a mom to have my son practice. I forgot to add that she rewards my son when he plays well. Ty Susan!

Posted Jan 1, 2014

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Experience

Owner
Jan 2010 - Present

Private Studio

I have taught privately since January 2010.

Substitute Teacher
Aug 2004 - May 2013

Arlington ISD

I was a popular substitute teacher for general elementary music classes Grades 1-6; additionally, subbed for orchestra and band teachers at middle- and/or senior- level schools. AISD hired on an as-needed basis but I worked full-time. Most interesting and rewarding was writing and teaching a songwriting class for children Grades 1-6. Some of those children went on to recording their own compositions in professional studios.

Education

Paralegal
Aug 1998 - Dec 1998

University of North Texas/Professional Development Institute

Bachelor of Science
Sep 1974 - May 1980

Kansas State University

Certifications

Certificate of Educational Achievement
Dec 1998

Professional Development Institute - UNT

Paralegal Certification: With this certification, I am able to file music copyrights, and assist in entertainment law to attorneys (i.e., copyright infringement, etc. type cases)

Awards

Certificate of Appreciation
Feb 2010

Arlington ISD

Certificate of Appreciation
Dec 2008

Arlington ISD

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