The local musician's choice




YAKIMA, WA 98902













Taylor Music is proud to represent a number of amazing brand name music products. Some of the world's best made guitars hang on display in our store.We are constantly reviewing our selected lines to present our customers with the best selection at the lowest prices. We also offer trade-ins and consignment to add a wide variety of used instruments as well to give you an even better choice, so come in and find your new guitar today.

Our History...

Al Maletta started teaching in Central Washington in 1936 and is known for teaching thousands of students the love of music. Al partnered with Bob Decio in 1956 and Maletta-Deccio Music became and is still as Taylor Music, the largest music School in central Washington. In 1994, Gary Taylor took the reigns as owner operator and today, with the help of the next generation of Taylors, including his son Ben who brings in 35 years of music experience and is working along side his father to help make the Taylor name synonimous with supporting local musicians. We continue to grow with the tradition of helping students of all ages learn the wonderful world of  music as well as supplying stright answers and honest, knowledgable advice.

Taylor Music has recently moved to a larger location to handle the growing needs of both our music retail and education departments. We have arranged to have great local teachers that not only help you learn your instrument, but the language of music. This ensures our students understand music at the students pace. Although most of our teachers are independent teachers we can help you select the one that is right for you and your needs.

But first,

meet the friendly,

knowledgable staff that is here to help...

Gary Taylor,  Owner

Gary was born and raised in Yakima and had always had a love of music,  and more specifically,  the guitar.  In his youth,  Gary played live music around the region,  and is still known to play for the right cause, but let's face it, he's a pretty busy man running the show.  Gary has spent 45 years managing in several faucets of retail sales, learning to appreciate his customers needs and has countless times turned a potential problem into a lifetime of trust. Gary is very proud of his staff and their ability to help you find the right answer to most any musical question, whether a question about a particular instrument choice or the right tool to get you over whatever musical hurdle lies ahead. Gary and his staff of experts are here to make playing and learning music a lifetime of fun, and make Taylor music the local musicians best friend.

Ben Taylor, Sales and Answers

Ben has been very involved with music all his life, starting his life long passion studying drums at the age of 3. Ben started performing at the age of 12 and has worked with many musicians playing many different genres. Besides his 35 years experience, Ben has played guitar and bass for over 20 years. Although first hired as a private drum instructor with Taylor Music in 2005, Bens sales and customer service expertise was best served helping customers with all of their musical needs. Ben is very excited about continuing in the tradition of his father and the family business.

Fred Kautzman, Drum repair tech and teacher

Jim Brunner, Head Guitar Tech and teacher

The Al Maletta Scholarship

  The Al Maletta Scholarship was established in honor of Al Maletta, a very special musician and advocate of youth in our community. Mr. Maletta was born in 1914 in Taylor, Washington, and became a fan of vaudeville as a young child in Seattle. When he was 11 years old, he received an accordion as a gift, beginning a relationship that would span his lifetime. In the early 1930’s, Mr. Maletta traveled throughout the country playing vaudeville and on the radio. In 1936, he married Yolanda Ferri and moved to Yakima where he opened the successful Maletta School of Accordion. In 1956, he formed Maletta-Decio Accordion Studios, in partnership with Bob Decio, expanding to a full line music store. Mr. Maletta taught music for 69 years to hundreds of students. He died on November 9, 2009 in Yakima. At the family’s request, donations were made to the YYSO in his name.  The YYSO is grateful to be a part of Mr. Maletta’s legacy of music and youth advocacy. Through the Al Maletta Scholarship, more musicians will feel his touch and his inspiration. We are thankful to Al Maletta’s family for making this gift to our student musicians.

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