Taylor Cooksey

Taylor C.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I believe that learning music is something that everyone should experience at least once in their life. My goal as an educator is to help my students find confidence in themselves and their playing abilities through a patient and creative system personalized for each pupil. I will dedicate myself to teach students skills such as proper posture and form, shifting, vibrato, bow control, tone production, and much more.

About Taylor C.

Hello! My name is Taylor and I am a current graduate student at SFCM, focusing on the study of viola performance. I adore teaching people of all ages and skill levels, and I am passionate and determined to help my students grow to love and learn music even more than they already do. Regarding my instruments, I have been playing violin for fourteen years, and I have been playing viola for seven years. I have had private instruction in both of those instruments. I also have intermediate skills and knowledge in cello, percussion, and marimba/vibraphone/xylophone. I have been a freelance violin, viola, and music theory instructor for eight years, and I have experience teaching children below the age of 10, including special needs children.

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Experience

Music Instructor
Feb 2020 - Present

Vibo Music School

At VMS, I am a violin, viola and piano instructor, leading both individual and group lessons for students averaging around the age of eight. I was also the leader of the Early Music Exposure group class pre-Covid, which introduced music and varying instruments to children between the ages of two and five. For each student, I create a lesson plan that is tailored specifically to the needs of the student that I am working with, including elements such as proper positioning, technique, musicality, and fluency in sheet music comprehension. Along with this, I incorporate pieces and songs per the student's request, if they have one. I have fluency in leading online lessons, as I have been teaching online over Zoom for VMS since March 2020.

Music Instructor
Jun 2016 - Aug 2019

Huntington Beach School of Music (Formerly Concert Music School)

At HBSM, I was a strings and piano instructor, specializing in the education of children under the age of ten, focusing around the age of five. For every student, I was expected to create a lesson plan to help guide them in learning proper positioning, technique, and musicality. Along with this, I would incorporate songs and pieces that the students would want to play, if they ever had a request. I quit due to personal relocation for educational purposes.

Middle School Strings Coach
Jul 2018 - Jul 2019

East Whittier Middle School

During my time at EWMS, I was a summer strings coach for the orchestra, mainly focusing on the violin and viola sections. During these classes, I would create personalized lesson plans for each student, lead sectionals, and guide students in learning proper positioning, technique, and musicality. I quit due to personal relocation for educational purposes.

High School Strings Instructor
Aug 2018 - Jun 2019

Villa Park High School

During my time as an instructor at VPHS, I directed the school's string orchestra class, which included preparing the class for their concerts (two large concerts and four community concerts), conducting rehearsals two times a week, overseeing students run sectionals with occasional input, repairing instruments, creating weekly lesson plans, arranging music and bowings, and doing student paperwork. I quit due to personal relocation for educational purposes.

Music Instructor
Aug 2016 - Jul 2017

Music Town (no longer in service)

I was in charge of teaching children ages five and above proper technique and playing ability in violin, viola, cello, and piano. I created personalized lesson plans for each student I had, and I would include song requests into said plans, if the student had any. I quit due to owner's malpractice.

Substitute Music Instructor
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

Bravo Academy of Music

Education

MM Viola Performance
Aug 2019 - Present

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

BM Viola Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2019

California State University, Long Beach

High School Diploma
Sep 2011 - Jun 2015

Tesoro High School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

National School Orchestra Award Nominee
Jun 2015

Tesoro High School

AP Scholar with Distinction
Jun 2015

College Board

National School Orchestra Award Nominee
Jun 2014

Tesoro High School

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