Faculty & Staff

F. Wayne Taylor

Music Education | Strings

Adjunct Faculty 
  • Class Strings
  • Strings Pedagogy
  • Laboratory Orchestra
  • B.M. Music Education, James Madison University
  • M.M. Music Education, Catholic University of America

F. Wayne Taylor currently teaches classes in string methods, literature, and pedagogy at George Mason University and serves as the University Supervisor for student interns earning licenses to teach in Virginia. In preparation for their internships, string students are introduced to literature and practical teaching strategies in a lab orchestra setting under the direction of Mr. Taylor.  While at Mason he has implemented a new course offering in literature and pedagogy for string majors. Mr. Taylor helped establish a summer camp at GMU and served as its first Managing Director.

In 2005 Mr. Taylor and members of his family established the Friends and Family Chamber Orchestra. It is dedicated to playing the string literature of all music periods. Under Mr. Taylor’s direction, the orchestra provides free concerts to the Northern Virginia community and contributes to area charities.

Mr. Taylor worked in the Alexandria City Public Schools in District 10 from 1969- 2002. During his career in Alexandria, Mr. Taylor taught orchestra in grades 4 – 12, finishing his career at T. C. Williams High School. Mr. Taylor was a co-founder of the ACPS All-City Orchestra Program, directing ensembles in that organization for 27 years. In addition to his teaching duties Mr. Taylor served on committees to write curricula for the string program and summer music school. He maintained a private studio teaching cello at his home in Fairfax County, Virginia, through the 1980’s.

Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from James Madison University and a Master of Music Education Degree from The Catholic University of America. He regularly serves as a consultant, clinician, mentor, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout the Commonwealth.

Mr. Taylor is a charter member of the Gamma Alpha Chapter (JUM) of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia He is listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and was presented the Award for Excellence In Education by the Alexandria City Chamber of Commerce in 1999. He is a member of American String Teachers Association, Music Educators National Conference, Virginia Music Educators Association, and Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. Mr. Taylor is a native Virginian. He has lived in Northern Virginia since 1969. His wife, Ginny, is also a retired band and orchestra director. Upon their retirement from Alexandria City Public Schools in 2002, the Wayne and Ginny Taylor Orchestra Scholarship was established in honor of their years of service to the Alexandria community.

Contact Prof. Taylor:  ftaylor@gmu.edu