On this episode, Bailey interviews Taylor Morris. Hailed by a 2nd grade classroom as “wreely nice and kind” and “the coolest man on erth,” Taylor Morris enjoys blurring the lines between violin and fiddle. Eagerly collaborating across genres, he has performed in 48 states and 13 countries as a soloist, as an alumnus of Barrage, with duo partner Tricia Park, or with chamber-folk string sextet The Sound Accord. Offstage, Taylor obtained a master's in education from Harvard University and teaches nationally as a guest educator and clinician. He co-founded/co-directs the Gilbert Town Fiddlers, runs a summer camp for young musicians called StringPlay, serves as a Guest Lecturer at Arizona State University, and maintains an active private studio of young musicians. Taylor and Bailey cover several topics including: what he prioritizes in folk pedagogy for his own students, how to engage and elevate learning in the ensemble classroom, and why fiddling actually helps the majority of classical string players.
Taylor's website: www.taylormorrismusic.com