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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Musical Instruments ➔ Piano Theory Machine

Identifier:
2019.51.1
Description:
This piano theory machine was created by Dr. Gaylord "Doc" Taylor, a music professor at Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College, now known as Cornerstone University. Taylor created the machine to help his students learn the association of the notes on the staff to the keyboard keys. It also may have been used by his wife Florence to use with her students during her piano lessons, which she taught for 60 years. The note pegs are placed in the staff holes on the left and the corresponding keyboard key lights up. Taylor made a few of these machines in the 1970s and 1980s however this is the only existing model in working order. 
Date:
circa 1970 – 1980
Materials:
Wood
Dimensions:
16.5"" h 31.5"" w 3.5"" d
Source:
Gift of Dr. Mark Taylor
Makers/Donors
Dr. Gaylord "Doc" Taylor
Dr. Gaylord "Doc" Lyman Taylor was born in 1919 and married Florence Stratton Taylor in 1948. He earned his Doctorate in Music Education from Northern Colorado University and his Masters in Theory and Composition from Northwestern University. He was a professor at Rockmont College and Cornerstone University and also gave private voice lessons. Taylor passed away in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2007.

Dr. Mark Taylor

Florence Taylor
Florence Evelyn Stratton was born in Benton City, Missouri in 1924 and married Dr. Gaylord Taylor on June 19th, 1948. She received a Bachelor's Degree from Wheaton College and was an office secretary. She also taught piano lessons for 60 years. Florence passed away in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 12th, 2016. 
Related Place
Grand Rapids