• All band students at Wayside Middle School are highly encouraged to enroll in our private lesson program! We are fortunate to have a team of highly skilled teachers who are also wonderful musicians. Students will receive one-on-one instruction for thirty minutes once a week either during class or before/after school.

    If you and your student are interested in beginning private lessons, please contact Dr. Shaffer or Miss Gaskins. The instructor for your student's instrument will contact you shortly.

    ERICH TUCKER - FLUTE

    Erich has performed music throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America and Australia as a soloist, chamber artist and music educator. Erich currently teaches woodwinds, musicology, and music theory at Tarrant County College and in the Eagle Mountain Saginaw Independent School District. Blending the worlds of classical performance and creative improvisation, Erich is equally comfortable spinning sound both on and off the page. His first solo improv album, Prana, has received international acclaim. Erich holds a Doctor of Music degree with a cognate in musicology from Texas Christian University, a Master of Music degree with minor studies in education, and has Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. As past president of the Texas Flute Society and active member of the National Flute Association and the Texas Music Educators Association, Erich has appeared at conventions in New York City, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nashville, Dallas and San Diego. Erich has coordinated flute masterclasses for Sir James Galway and the Texas Flute Festival. 

    With innovative and intentional teaching methods, Erich pursues excellence while guiding students to discover their own voice. In 2003, the Florida Flute Association awarded Erich the Geoffrey Gilbert Memorial Teaching Scholarship for Excellence; and in 2017 Erich was awarded the Texas Christian University School of Music travel grant to research the musical mythology in Budapest, Hungary.  He welcomes every opportunity to perform and teach music, locally and to the farthest corners of the earth.  He is available for flute lessons at Wayside Middle School. Erich teaches music as a language with an emphasis on reading, writing, listening and speaking music. Individual music lessons provide weekly instruction and encouragement for musicians of every level. 

    TAHLLA TAYLOR - CLARINET

    For the past six years, Tahlla Taylor has taught many students of varying skill level on clarinet, flute, saxophone, piano, voice, and music theory. Every single student has come out of her lessons with more knowledge and the confidence to practice and perform in UIL, TMEA, and in their own band programs. Tahlla’s approach to teaching private lessons is simple: determine the strengths and weaknesses the student has and then use those strengths to overcome the weaknesses. This often includes a wide variety of skill testing at the beginning leading into specific exercises and pieces to challenge the student and let them grow. Tahlla not only will help students excel in music, but with taking private lessons with her students will also gain problem-solving skills, learn to work within timelines to complete projects, learn to cope with stress, and learn how to take pride in an accomplishment.

    Furthermore, the weekly focus and daily practice guide she gives to her students will help build responsibility, time management, and organization. With Tahlla’s private lessons you will feel like you are growing every lesson and finding that you enjoy music even more.