Violin, Cello, Ukulele, Guitar, Voice
About Jessie Taylor
Jessie Taylor, a Virginia Beach native, has been performing since she started playing violin in 1992. Her participation in elementary, middle and high school orchestra helped develop a platform for regular performances through school recitals, All-City orchestra, Junior and Senior Regionals, Solo & Ensemble, a short stint of playing with the symphony at the age of 13, plus many other opportunities. Following high school, Jessie made her way into the local Virginia Beach music scene, playing with bands and for weddings. In 2007, she moved to San Diego and started establishing herself in the music scene there. While in San Diego, Jessie had the opportunity to play with Stepping Feet, a Dave Matthews Cover Band, amongst other local bands within San Diego. Alongside playing with other musicians, Jessie also performed with her own band. They performed a mixture of originals and cover tunes. In 2011, Jessie and her husband moved to Hatteras Island. While on Hatteras, Jessie collaborated with her husband and a few of the local musicians to create Lady J & the Jives, which played from 2013-2014. Aside from Lady J & the Jives, Jessie played weekly gigs throughout the summer seasons, as well as weddings and special events. Now, she is residing back in Virginia Beach with the hopes of rekindling that fire of performing in her hometown.
Jessie Taylor started teaching violin in 2001 and has continued to teach, off & on, since then. Her most recent achievement was starting up & running Cape Hatteras Music Academy (CHMA) from 2015-2017. Jessie offered violin, ukulele, singing, guitar and cello lessons through CHMA, along with group children’s classes for 8 month olds up to 6 year olds. She got certified to teach the Music Rhapsody curriculum for the group children’s classes, which incorporated the use of a 42 inch gathering drum, puppets, visuals, xylophones and glockenspiels. Each child would have their own instrument kit as well, using different instruments for each activity. The songs used were easy to learn and encouraged learning music from a very young age.
“Music has always been an important part of my life, even before I started taking violin in 1992. Human beings are musical by nature, whether we know it or not; whether we play an instrument or not. There is always that certain song or genre of music that makes you move; always that certain instrument that gives you chills when you listen to it. I have felt the feeling of being able to play a beautiful piece of music, or watching with such gratitude, a student play a piece they have been invested much time into. I have also witnessed firsthand the impact that it has on others who have heard you perform. Music is a universal language that always touches the heart and soul, no matter about young or old you may be. It is never a waste of time to invest time into music because it will never cease to invoke feelings, memories, emotions and so much more, into your life.”