Taylor Ambrosio Wood
Seattle, WA
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Taylor Ambrosio Wood

Taylor A.

Seattle, WA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Whether a beginner or an advanced musician, I love working with students of any age and skill level. I tailor each lesson to specifically fit the student’s skills and interests, making sure that they are not only progressing but enjoying the process of making music. 

About Taylor A.

UPDATE: ~Due to the current pandemic, all lessons are currently online. I am still continuing with lessons and accepting new students, just online only. Thank you for your flexibility!~

About:
I'm a video game composer who loves working with students of any age and skill level, whether they are beginning music for the first time or have been a musician for years. Getting people started composing or playing piano and watching them discover that they have a lot to say through music, is such a joy of mine. I tailor each lesson to specifically fit the student’s skills and interests, making sure that they are not only progressing but enjoying the process of making music.

My students have gone on to record their music in the Netherlands, write a musical that was performed at their college, write a song for their middle school talent show, score a short film - and much more!

With me, students can learn:
• Piano
• Composition (any style: jazz, classical, pop – you name it, we can do it!)
• Composing for film, T.V. and video games
• How to use music composition software (Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase, Studio One, Pro Tools, Ableton etc.)
• fundamentals of music theory
• fundamentals of ear training
• Songwriting
• Music production
• How to use music notation software (write out your parts, charts, lead sheets etc. so that others can play your original compositions)

Students can expect to have a lot of fun learning with me - learning to play pop songs on piano or writing your own!

Lesson Schedule:
I teach M-TH 9am-8pm and Fri/Sunday: 9am-4pm
I suggest booking lessons for a 60 minute once a week reoccurring time slot for the best learning results.

Cancellation Policy:
Sometimes things come up - I understand! All I ask is that you give me at least 24 hours notice before your lesson time and we can reschedule the lesson (you’ll get to keep your credit for that lesson). If not, or for no-shows, the lesson will be marked “missed” (you’ll lose a lesson credit).
*If you miss 3 lessons in a row, another student may take your reoccurring time slot and we’ll need to find a new time.

Required Materials:
In-person lessons only: Please bring a staff paper notebook. I use this to write notes in for you. You can find one on Amazon for about $5. Let me know if you need help with that!
Online lessons only: Create a folder for our lessons, I will be sending you various files and PDFs so keep them all in the same place for easy access. depending on what you are learning, I may also have you download the Zoom desktop client, this is great for sharing system audio when working with music production.
*If you are studying piano, composition or music software, it is suggested to have a piano or MIDI keyboard at home to practice on. If you do not have one, let me know before our first lesson and I can give you some suggestions of ones to purchase depending on your budget.

Teacher Location Information:
Cats: I have two very friendly cats named Otto and Ink at my home location. They are very sweet and quiet and all of my students love them! However, if you are allergic to cats I would suggest booking online lessons.
Parking: There is usually street parking available around the building.

Please feel free to send me a message with any questions!

-Taylor

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Ming
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great lesson!

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Ashton M.
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I just finished my third lesson with Taylor. We are doing piano / digital music production hybrid course, but we are starting with learning to read sheet music as we both agree it will be a very useful skill to have down the line when I start doing my own compositions...even if my focus is digital production.

She is a fantastic teacher, explains concepts clearly, and is patient with my slow learning curve. She also very professionally handles student progress notes, and always emails copies of all relevant notes on each lesson for easy review and practice.

I'm very pleased to have started my journey into the world of music with her as my guide. Five stars.

Posted Mar 15, 2020
Geane R.
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This was my first lesson, so it’’s a little difficult to critique; however, Taylor was patient with me, and ,knowledgeable, interesting and informative. I like that.

Posted Nov 5, 2019
Kristen

Taylor is kind, thoughtful and very knowledgeable with teaching piano. Highly recommend!

Posted Nov 1, 2019
Bruno M.
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Taylor is a very knowledgeable and in just a few minutes figured out my level and what I wanted to accomplished and put an awesome class full of precise information that I always needed to know. Excited for my upcoming classes!

Posted Sep 12, 2019
Colin W.
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Really great experience, looking forward to next class

Posted Sep 9, 2019
Mia J.
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It's a great lesson!

Posted Aug 26, 2019
Aditya
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Highly recommended!

Taylor is a fantastic musician and a great teacher. She was very patient with my slow learning rate due to my lack of consistent practice, and was extremely flexible and accommodating to busy schedule during the school year. She designed the curriculum to address the areas I was falling behind on or were noted to my be weak spots. Instead of just learning to play the piano, I also got ear-trained, taught to read sheet music, and identify the quirks in different kinds of music.

Above all, she is super-friendly; and so easy to talk to and be friends with in general. As an added bonus, she's got a lovely cat that you can pet on every visit. :)

Posted Jul 29, 2019
Omar
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Taylor is an amazing teacher! She really knows how to break down complicated subjects for people like me who have no idea how music theory works and why it's important. My class is divided into theory and actual use of the software which is really a great way to learn the concepts and apply them yourself. We also had a lot of fun jamming out to little songs we made!

Posted Apr 16, 2019
Omar
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Awesome Instructor!!

Posted Apr 1, 2019
Karthik
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I had given up hope on ever learning to play the piano until I started learning from Taylor. She's just the best!

Posted Mar 6, 2019
Jeff S.
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Posted Jan 31, 2019
Xi
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Taylor is great at teaching online! Usual my online lesson are hard to understand but she is great at explaining different composition techniques. I have learning alot about how to write music and music theory even tho I was begginer but now i feel better!

Posted Jan 16, 2019
Johnathan
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I had never taken piano lessons or music lessons in my life, but I wanted to finally start learning but was worried about starting so late (I'm in my 40s now). But Taylor has been so kind and helpful, I can now play a couple songs! She is very good at explaining things clearly and in different ways, great teacher, I highly reccomend!

Posted Jan 16, 2019
Chase
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Taylor is awesome!

Posted Jan 7, 2019
Mandy P.
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Taylor is great at figuring out how I, personally, need to learn. I don't feel like she just has a blanket lesson plan for everyone.

Posted Oct 26, 2018
Quim
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I had waaaay to much fun learning from Taylor, she explained ableton in a great way and now I can write songs and perform with it! I'm so happy would totally suggest taylor to be a teacher. Even if you are just starting out!

Posted Sep 11, 2018
Jodi Youngman
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My daughter has declared that Taylor is the best teacher ever. She loved her keyboarding lesson and can’t wait to learn more with Taylor!

Posted Sep 11, 2018
Kate
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My 11-year-old daughter is really shy, so I wasn't entirely convinced that online piano lessons would even work. However, Taylor is so personable... and has a methodology that gets students playing their favorite songs right away that now my daughter can't wait until her next lesson. I'm thrilled!

Posted Sep 6, 2018
James
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I've been studing logic with taylor for a while now and am so happy i can use it to write my own music, she is very good at explaining things and technology and now i am much more happy working on the computer i would recomend

Posted Sep 5, 2018
Martha B.
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My daughter has been studying composition with Taylor for a couple of months now and she loves it! She can't wait for each lesson - and is improving and more confidant each day. Thank you Taylor!

Posted Aug 25, 2018
Lisa
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I've been working with Taylor for several months now and have enjoyed it very much! She has been helping me with Cubase and composition. Musicians need to collaborate and share ideas and I'm grateful I've had the opportunity to do that with her. She is well organized, easy to get along with, and has an impressive background. I would highly recommend her for your next project or if you're new to DAW's.

Posted Apr 8, 2018
Chris
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Working with Taylor has been one of the best investments I have made for my personal development in the musical world. She has helped compose music for a play, has helped keep me calm when I feel like I am overwhelmed or overthinking my objectives and keeps me leveled. We have also worked on analyzing scores from classical to modern. I highly recommend her if not just for her knowledge/skills, but her great sense of humor as well (makes the lessons even more enjoyable). Thanks Taylor, you’re the best.

Posted Apr 8, 2018
Linda
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I was very pleased that Taylor offered Skype lessons, but I was a bit worried whether I could learn in this format or not. To my surprise, it was exceptionally easy and rewarding! Currently, Taylor and I are working on a piece that I am composing for my short film. Of course, as a newbie, I knew nothing about Apple’s Logic Pro X when I began, but Taylor took her time to explain just how the software worked, as well as the techniques I needed for scoring my film. I highly recommend Taylor and the very convenient Skype format! You won’t be disappointed.

Posted Feb 7, 2018
Rebecca (Becky)
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I was really nervous about my performance of an original pop-song for my concert coming up in school. Things weren't working out with my previous teacher and that's when I found Taylor! She guided me through pairing the music with my lyrics, but in a way that really made me feel confident in what I was making! Taylor is super fun and easy to work with and when we weren't writing... we were cracking dad jokes! XD I performed the song at my school concert and I couldn't have been happier with the result! I definitely recommend Taylor and want to work with her soon again :3

Posted Jan 30, 2018
Wes
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I had never written music before IN MY LIFE! And I was so nervous! But Taylor was so AMAZING!! She explained the basics of music theory and harmony in a way that was easy for me to understand! And with her help, I was able to write some beautiful piano solos!! She also helped me figure out how to record them so I could record them with my friends and post my solos online. They are so good!!! :D And I am so proud of myself!!!! I highly recommend Taylor!! She was so helpful and nice and sooooo funny!! I'm so glad I got to work with her and I will definitely come back again! Thanks TayTay!!!!!

Posted Jan 29, 2018

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Experience

Teacher on Takelessons.com
Jul 2018 - Present

Takelessons.com

Private Lesson Teacher
Sep 2014 - Present

Freelance

Private Lesson Teacher
Aug 2018 - Feb 2019

Care 2 Rock

Composition Teacher
Sep 2017 - May 2018

The Roberts Music Institute

Professor of Composition and Sound Design
Jan 2016 - May 2017

Clackamas Community College

Composition/Percussion Teacher
May 2016 - Jul 2016

Birch Creek Music Performance Center

Education

Masters Degree in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games
Sep 2015 - Jul 2016

The Berklee College of Music

Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance
Sep 2011 - May 2015

The Boston Conservatory of Music

Languages

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

ASCAP
Oct 2018
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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