Dr. John W. Taylor began teaching at Friends University in 1989 and has taught instrumental music, music education and band. He is the musical director of the Wichita Wind Ensemble, the executive director of the Kansas Music Educators Association and the southwestern division president of the National Association for Music Education. He was awarded the 2018-19 National Federation of High School Activities State and Section 5 award winner representing Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Also named Kansas Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year in 2012, Dr. Taylor continues to practice his musical skills while remaining an expert in his field academically. He has presented “How to Recruit and Retain Music Teachers” at the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals in 2014, “Adjudicators Workshop” at the Kansas State High School Activities Association in 2014, “Re-HEAR-SING the Band” at the Kansas Bandmasters Association in 2013, and “How to Prepare your Ensembles for Festival” at the Kansas Bandmasters Association in 2014.
B.M.E., Bowling Green State University; M.M.E., Indiana University; Ph.D., Ohio State University