Born in Cambridge, England, Frances Taylor received her diploma from Mannes School of Music, and her M.A. degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. A member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Ms. Taylor is passionate about teaching children and enriching their lives through the love of music.
Ms. Taylor has been playing the piano since the age of six. During her early years of study in England she participated in the Royal School of Music Graded Exams and completed the highest level of Grade VIII. She entered regional festivals receiving high marks in these performances.
During her training in New York City, Ms. Taylor studied piano with Mordecai Shehori, Mei-Mei Meng and Liliane Questal; theory and analysis with Carl Schachter and Robert Cuckson; and piano pedagogy with Prof. Robert Pace and Lenore Pogonowski. Ms. Taylor also trained as a Suzuki piano teacher and obtained Levels I and II certification. She was a faculty member of both the Mannes School of Music and 92nd Street Y.
Upon a family relocation to Connecticut, she joined the piano faculty at Neighborhood Music School, Hartt School of Music, and Tabor Community Arts Center. She also taught an early childhood music program called Teddy Bear Rhythms.
A piano faculty member of Westminster Conservatory of Music since 2003, she also maintains a private studio in Princeton, New Jersey. Her students participate in NJTMA festivals and recitals receiving the highest honors. Ms. Taylor has audited classes with Ingrid Clarfield and Phyllis Lehrer while continuing her piano studies with Esma Pasic-Filipovic. She is a member of the Piano Teachers Forum (PTF).