Kwamise Taylor – Piano

Music has always been an integral part of my life. I began taking organ lessons at the age of eight, but had been playing for as long as I can remember. By the time I was 14, I had my first private piano student and was studying vocational music at the prestigious Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan. During that time, I sang in the Concert Choir and played piano in the Jazz Ensemble. After graduation, I continued my musical studies at Wayne State University, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education; while maintaining a piano studio of 21 students.


Since that time, I have taught music with the Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Farmington Community Education; founded the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Ensembles and the Maestro Initiative, served as the Assistant Conductor for the Oakland University Chorus, the Assistant Director of Music for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, and completed my Masters of Music in Conducting from Oakland University. I enjoy developing young pianists, directing choral and handbell choirs, transcribing and arranging music for piano, small instrumental ensembles, and marching band. Some of my arrangements include Low Rider by War, Rock With You by Michael Jackson, Count On Me by Bruno Mars, and Happy by Pharrell. I absolutely love what I do!


When I am not teaching, directing, singing, writing, transcribing, or playing music, you might find me reading a book, working on a crossword puzzle, watching movies, or spending quality time with my family.