Meet our Instructors...

Carol Mourey

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet,  Trombone, Guitar, and Electric Bass

Carol has a BA in Music education from Central Washington University with many graduate classes. She continues to attend music workshops to keep current with new teaching techniques and materials. Carol teaches various styles of music and enjoys playing alto saxophone with the Yakima Valley Community Band.

Carol has thirty years teaching experience including sixteen years of teaching band for the East Valley School District.  She has been teaching band for fourteen years in private schools.  Besides teaching private lessons at Taylor Music,  she is currently teaching band at Riverside Christian School. Carol has been teaching private lessons continually since 1982 and has had many students with superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble contests, including students that have placed at the state level contests.

Carol has recieved referrals for new students from several band teachers in the area, and enjoys teaching students of all ages.

Barbara Skipworth

Piano – Voice

Barbara Skipworth has been teaching for the last 20 years. Her focus is on classical music (art song and opera), but enjoys medieval through modern styles, especially the American standards and musical theater. Barbara has taught voice and opera history at the Umbra Institute in Italy, performed as a soloist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and sang at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. she is now accepting new students for voice as well as piano.

Ben Taylor

Drums and percussion

Ben has been playing, performing, and instructing drums and percussion for decades and specializes in many different genres. He is now accepting new students from beginning to advanced levels and deals with many forms of drums and percussion. Whether you are looking for classical training or looking to take your drumset chops to the next level, Ben can get you the results you are looking for.

Fred Kautzman,

Drums and Percussion

Fred developed a love for the drums and had access to live music from an early age. As a result he learned from some of the Northwests best musicians.

He joined school band in the 5th grade and by junior high he had written the cadence that his school band marched to. Fred also started working as a professional musician. He has traveled the US and Canada for many years with various bands always keeping Yakima as his home base. When he landed some sit down gigs in Yakima, he took a part time job at Talcott's music store and later saw live music where he started teaching and found it very rewarding. Then Fred moved to Las Vegas where he played for 7 years before coming back to Yakima where he retired in 2014 from performing. Fred is now eager to share what he has learned with anyone else who has an interest in the drums. The beat goes on.

Bob Waldbauer,

Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Guitar

Bob is known throughout the northwest as one of the premier bassists and maintains a very busy schedule of performances with several bands covering numerous genres, but excelling in jazz, blues, rock, and country. Bob has been teaching bass and guitar for many years in the valley and is loved by his students. many of Bob's students have had successful music careers.

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