Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson

Owner / Instructor

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. -Albert Einstein

 

Taylor began playing guitar at age 10 with help from a family barber and by 16 he was premiering in local Dallas garage bands. Throughout high school, he continued to hone his skills as a singer, songwriter, and guitar player by forming and touring with the rock band, “Fallen From the Nest”. It was then that Taylor began developing his craft as an engineer and producer by apprenticing under the renowned Hollywood producer Harvey Guerst (Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Doors, Kenny Rogers, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin).

Through his college years at North Texas University, he worked as an engineer at Indian Trails Recording Studio in Denton, TX and Steven Arnold Studios in Allen, TX. It was during this time that he began to tour internationally with the rock band “Fallen From the Nest” (Sony) where he co-wrote and released 3 albums. In 2003, between tours, Taylor began giving lessons with the hands-on, working knowledge, approach he had acquired from his time on the road. His students appreciated this “From the Heart” teaching perspective and, as his student base grew, Taylor began to take on other pro musician instructors.

Today, the Taylor Robinson Music Company networks with over 14,000 contract instructors and has served over 100,000 lessons in all 50 states. In August 2012, Taylor graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a Masters in Business Administration. Still, Taylor Robinson Music continues to be a leader in its industry by offering quality, unique, and diverse music instruction guided by a true concern for every student. 


 

Richard Goyen

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VP of Operations

Bones heal, chicks dig scars, but glory lives forever.

- Keanu Reeves, The Replacements

Richard originally met Taylor Robinson in high school. They later kept in touch through mutual friends in the Dallas music scene. Taylor happened to be the one who introduced Richard to his wife Wendy, who was working for Taylor at the time organizing and promoting local music festivals.

After graduating from the University of Texas in Dallas, Richard’s career started at the bottom, first, with door to door sales of vacuum cleaners and later, with above ground pools and spas. With hard work and dedication, Richard established himself in the local business community and landed a job with one of the leading merger and acquisition firms in Dallas Texas where he handled sales of multimillion-dollar companies.

Richard realized soon after that “believing in what you do and who you work with far outweigh security and what you make”. So, after years of experience in sales and management in corporate America, Richard decided to pursue his dream of growing a business from the ground up. He developed an interest in Taylor Robinson Music and soon realized that this was the opportunity he had been searching for. With Richards help, Taylor Robinson Music expanded nationally. Today, Richard continues to help grow the business by providing excellent customer service and instructor support. He especially prides himself on his commitment to ethical business practices and in his words “always doing the right thing”. He and Taylor Robinson Music look forward to a bright future together. 

Brian Roy

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Sales Manager

There's no money above the fifth fret. -Jamison, bass player of the Funk Brothers

Gentlemen, there's no fighting in here. This is the WAR room! - Dr. Strange Love

Brian is a Charlottesville-based musician who was born and raised inside the D.C. beltway. He moved to Charlottesville in 2011 to study music and history at the University of Virginia, earning his degree in 2015. Despite being over 98% chimpanzee, Brian plays bass and sings backup vocals in the band Kendall Street Company and has worked with Taylor Robinson Music since January 2016.

Wendy Goyen

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VP of Human Resources

They don't even know what it is to be a fan.  Y'know?  To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band so much that it hurts.                

-Fairuza Balk, Almost Famous

Wendy grew up listening to her parents’ extensive record collection, instilling her love of music at an early age.  She graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, and soon thereafter, her love of music led her to start working in the Dallas music scene, promoting local bands, all while working a full-time corporate job.  Raised with a strong work ethic, she worked tirelessly to help spread the word on great Dallas bands she loved.  Eventually, her hard work began paying off, leading to multiple bands requesting her assistance in promoting.  On January 1, 2006, this led to a chance meeting with Taylor Robinson, who asked Wendy to come work for his band Fallen From The Nest and to help them organize the Deep Ellum Community Music Festival.  Held in April 2006, the festival was a huge success.  Wendy had a strange feeling that Taylor Robinson was going to change her life, though she couldn’t explain it.  The pieces fell into place a few weeks later, when she met her husband Richard, through mutual friends surrounding the band.  Richard and Taylor began working together on building Taylor Robinson Music soon after.  Wendy stayed on at her corporate job until a layoff in 2013 gave her the push she needed to follow her dreams of pursuing a career in the music industry.  Her love of music, along with her skills attained from the corporate world, has made her a valuable asset to the team.

Chloe Heimer

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I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. - Edgar Allan Poe

 

Beginning with the piano, Chloe started her musical journey at age four in her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, she never passes up an opportunity to perform; whether it be karaoke, Christopher Walken impersonations, or driving her co-workers insane with her funny-voiced renditions of Indie-rock music. Her number one fan is her three-year-old daughter, Charlie. After their morning routine of drinking hot chocolate and doing vocal warm-ups in the car, Charlie goes to daycare, and Chloe goes to work as Director of Sales for Taylor Robinson Music, where she gets to connect with people through their love of music on a daily basis.

Marti Schweitzer

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If music be the food of love, play on. -William Shakespeare

 

Marti has been performing since birth. She was able to sing the entire score of Annie before she could even make full sentences. She has been a singer ever since. A local actor and singer now, She has performed all over the nation from Dallas to Austin to NYC. Currently, she sings in a band called "Sir Silky And The Flesh Tones". The daughter of an entrepreneur, she has been working in sales and marketing for 15 years now. She saw an amazing opportunity to infuse her love of sales and music to help people all over the nation appreciate music on a different level. The level that comes from playing and creating music with your body. There is no feeling like it in the world and she is proud to be apart of such an innovative team and company.

Ty Trevillian

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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

Ty was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. He picked up a guitar for the first time at the age of six; shortly after, he taught himself the mandolin and has been strumming ever since. After studying Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, Ty moved to Santiago, Chile with his wife, Melissa to teach the English language. After a few years of music, travel, and culture-shock, Ty and Melissa moved back home to Charlottesville to settle down. In addition to playing music and adventuring with his beautiful wife, Ty enjoys fishing, hunting, backpacking, and eating new foods. What Ty likes most about working for TRMC is getting to connect people with musicians who help them achieve their dreams.

Megan Stangroom

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Community Director

Yes to love! Yes to life! Yes to staying in more! - Liz Lemon, 30 Rock


Megan grew up in Chantilly, Virginia. She majored in Communication Studies at Christopher Newport University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. Megan joined the Taylor Robinson Music team in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts and watching 30 Rock.

Alyssa Eccles

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Director of Instructor Support

I don't care what they say about me. I just want to eat. - Pam Beasley, The Office

Bio coming soon...


 

Bret Vollmer

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Customer Service Director

A lot of those Albert Einstein quotes that you see on the Internet aren't real. -Marilyn Monroe

Bret grew up in Texas where he began playing guitar at the age of 8. His early love of classic rock and psychedelic music quickly developed into a deep affinity for any and all artists that can be called "experimental," "avant-garde," or "weird... and not that pleasant to listen to." Though his love of cacophony developed since childhood, as an adult he found a second passion in writing and literature and is currently pursuing a degree in literary studies from the University of Virginia. He has found a platform for his own writing in various online blurbs and during his time as Secretary for a historic literary society in Virginia: the same position once held by the notoriously unsuccessful gambler Edgar Allan Poe. Currently, he works at Taylor Robinson Music where he aids others in finding their own means of creative expression. He lives alone with his son/droid BB-8.

Melissa Trevillian

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Scouting Director

You may be weak or you may be blind but even a blind man knows when the sun is shining - Grateful Dead


From an early age, Melissa found solace in the arts. After years of expressing herself through painting, drawing, and photography, she received her BFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. In 2015, she and her husband Ty moved to Santiago, Chile to teach English. While traveling throughout South America, Melissa connected to the culture, the people, and the music. Melissa strives to channel Janis Joplin (among other awesome, female rock stars) on a daily basis. From bluegrass music festivals to altiplano, Melissa has found inspiration through almost every musical genre she's experienced. As the Scouting Director for TRMC, Melissa is able to support local artists by helping to connect them with new students so they can share their talents with the next generation.

Anne McGinnis

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Instructor Support Director

Do your thing and don't care if they like it. 
- Tina Fey, Bossypants

Anne was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. She got her start in the music industry at the age of 12, when she started playing guitar in an all-girl pop-punk band with her twin sister. She played in several different bands in high school, but she soon realized that she enjoyed the behind-the-scenes work just as much, if not more, than actually playing. She studied Music Business at New York University, where she interned for companies like Night Castle Management and Warner Music Group. Intrigued by Taylor Robinson’s mission of teaching students to “play from the heart,” Anne joined the TRMC team in December 2015.