Susan B. Taylor

Susan T.

Grand Prairie, TX
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Piano

Levels Taught:
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 six or seven.

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 to recognize patterns easily.

For young beginners, I use Alfred's Beginner course. 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 and basic dynamics.

Both courses utilize practice CDs or online 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 based on 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. Singing is all about controlling the air flow however I do not teach "Singing" without an instrument any longer.
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About

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Susan B. delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2010

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 still in production) I retired from "performing" in 2010 and started teaching classical, blues, and jazz piano, piano/voice, classical guitar, pop and/or rock guitar/voice, songwriting and theory. My motto: From the movie, Beethoven Lives Upstairs ... "Great musicians need the spirit of a gypsy; the discipline of a soldier!"

I especially enjoy teaching families with multiple siblings (as young as four - degreed in Family and Child Development: Social Services and Early Childhood Education) and can get any combination of two or more people playing music together (please see reviews).

If your young child is showing signs of high musical intelligence (singing on key, sings a lot, keeps good rhythm, or is attracted to an instrument, I would be very interested in talking with you to get them a good start in musical training.

Many of my current middle school Takelessons students started with me when they were four and five and now perform regularly in student showcases, school talent shows and in church. I have helped five students gain entry in Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy.

Lessons are recurring, once per week - it is extremely important to develop the brain, nervous system, fine motor skills simultaneously using repetitive movements, patterns, momentum. I host annual student showcases at independent senior centers, most students grow and love these experiences … the people there are great and it 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. NOTE After 30 singing lessons, one of my adult students signed with eight grammy-award winning LA music producer for his first EP - left a successful career in law and started his tour on the East Coast after releasing his first digital composition on CD. Another adult female student recently released her first EP in 2018!

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 also am the founder and owner of SBT Records, and Little Road Publishing Company.

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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 for junior- and senior-high schools, hired on an as-needed basis. 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.

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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

Photos & Videos

The grounds are beautiful here!  The backyard is serene and tranquil while you parents wait for your child to finish.

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Live at Antone's, Austin TX, August 2004; just before I retired from live performances.

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In-home studio equipped with baby grand, microphones, guitars and ukulele.
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34 Reviews

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Kirby M. Apr 22, 2018
Piano · In home

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!!

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Kirby M. Oct 3, 2017
Piano · In studio

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.

Brian V. Aug 3, 2017
Piano · In home

Susan was very welcoming and patient. My son is excited for more lessons.

Russ W. Aug 3, 2017
Piano · In studio

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.

(Inactive) Elijah O. Jul 13, 2017
Piano · In studio

My brother and I love Ms Taylor. She is patient and teaches us great skills on the piano. We thank God for the training.

Isaiah & Elijah O. Jul 13, 2017
Piano · In studio

Ms Taylor is so wonderful with my kids. They keep improving with each class and they love her so much.

Candis Jul 9, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

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.

Dawn Jul 7, 2017
Piano · In studio

Susan does a great job working with my son Mitchell. He has learned a lot!

allyson May 23, 2017
Piano · In home

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!

Khanh L. Apr 28, 2017
Piano · In studio

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.

Elaine H. Mar 16, 2017
Piano · In home

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.

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Joseph J. Dec 1, 2016
Piano · In home

She is very patient with my son. My son enjoyed his first lesson.

Jordan R. Nov 28, 2016
Piano · In home

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!!

Matt Oct 10, 2016
Singing · In studio

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.

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C G. Jun 17, 2016
Piano · In studio

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.

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Andrea Apr 15, 2016
Singing · In home

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

Rachel F. Apr 3, 2016
Piano · In studio

Great teacher! My daughter has learned so much and loves working with her!

Olivia B. Mar 30, 2016
Piano · In studio

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.

CITLALLI Mar 12, 2016
Piano · In studio

Nice experience my daughter love it!.

Jennifer E. Jan 5, 2016
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She's really nice and very welcoming. Recommend!

Angela B. Dec 11, 2015
Piano · In studio

I loved my first lesson and I have already learned so much! I can't wait to go again!

Dianne M. Jul 27, 2015
Piano · In studio

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!

Doris T. Jul 9, 2015
Singing · In studio

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.

Doris T. Jul 9, 2015
Singing · In studio

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.

Keith Smelser Jul 2, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home

Very patient and helpful.

Patricia N. Jun 23, 2015
Singing · In studio

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. :-)

Valery L. Jun 16, 2015
Piano · In studio

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

Vanessa L. Jun 16, 2015
Piano · In studio

Ms. Taylor was so helpful with my girls. She has great knowledge of her instruments.

Rebecca Lowery Jun 4, 2015
Singing · In home

I have had four lessons so far, and cannot wait to continue them!

Tanya J. Feb 26, 2015
Piano · In studio

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!

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Kathryn R. Jan 16, 2014
Piano ·

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.

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Mary S. Jan 6, 2014
Singing ·

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.

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Yilfashewa S. Jan 2, 2014
Piano ·

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.

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Li E. Jan 1, 2014
Piano ·

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!

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