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Meet Taylor Crawford of The Whale Song Studio in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Crawford.

Taylor, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I turned 18, I moved out to Long Beach from Texas in pursuit of a career as an independent artist. Through that journey, I felt called to start teaching music. Music made me feel heard when I felt like no one was listening, and I was so inspired to teach others how to access that. I quickly learned that teaching music is SO different than playing and creating it, but I was up for the challenge and fell in the love with the process and the relationships I got to cultivate through that process.  I gained my experience by working for someone else, and it was just time to move on. The next step was to work for me and run my teaching business on my own terms. 

Has it been a smooth road?
Absolutely not! Anything worth having is going to test you and challenge you in ways that you never knew you could be tested and challenged. I was paralyzed with fear for a long time. I knew I wanted to branch out and be independent, but I was afraid of failing or just not being good enough. It wasn’t until I had the support of a friend and music business coach to help move me through my fear so that I could leap. When I quit, the net appeared. It’s been a total learning process to assert myself in a new way with life.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I teach guitar, voice, ukulele, piano, and songwriting. I give my students a solid and strong foundation in music fundamentals while highly encouraging creativity no matter what the skill level. I like to help students make the most with what they have. I am known for really knowing how to get someone to sing and play an instrument at the same time. The studio is this unique converted loft space tucked away in Belmont Heights blocks from the beach. We have mini-recitals and performances there. My biggest vision for the studio is to really foster a creative community amongst the students. Ultimately, I want to run more workshops and group-oriented things. But it’s been a journey to discover the best way to go about that. Eventually, I would like to expand with other teachers but for now, it’s just me doing the best I can to lift up my students and also grow in my own music career at the same time. 

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think that music is good for anyone anywhere. I’m not the teacher for everyone so the more the merrier really! Every studio has a different vibe to it, and I think that’s so cool! Sometimes it’s hard to find the right place for you, and you’ve got to shop around for the right fit for you. 


  • $35 for 30 min sessions
  • $50 for 45 min sessions
  • $65 for 60 min sessions

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Image Credit:
Solo picture of me is by Jonny Hargrove, Picture of me and Jeremy (guitar player) is by Ren D’Anelli

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