Misty Woodland

Green Mountain Music

Lessons, Repairs, Weddings & Events

Meet the Teachers


Helen Taylor is a classically trained violinist and seasoned fiddle player who has her Bachelor's degree in music and theatre arts from Bennington College.  She studied violin and music education with legendary artist and teacher Ladonna Smith and has toured the world as an artist and performer.  Helen was also a nanny and early childhood educator for 12 years and accepts students starting at age 3.  She lives in Rutland City with her husband and son. 


Jay Taylor has been playing and teaching music for 25 years.  He has studied and performed classical music at Florida State, jazz in Miami, and traditional music at Brevard College in North Carolina.  He has played classical guitar in countless performances throughout the US and has toured and recorded with various rock and Americana bands throughout the Southeast.  Jay lives in Rutland with his wife and son. 




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Rates for weekly lessons

violin/fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, beginner cello and piano


30 minutes $120/mo

45 minutes  $180/mo

1 hour  $240/mo

*family discount:

$20 off monthly for every additional family member


What to Expect

At Green Mountain Music we pride ourselves on our students' self-sufficiency and enjoyment of playing, whatever their age or level of experience.  You will learn to read and understand written music as well as how to play in any preferred styles. Whether you love country, rock, classical, celtic, old-time, bluegrass or all of the above, Jay and Helen will follow your lead and get you on your feet.

In lieu of a formal recital Green Mountain Music hosts 4 music potlucks a year. Bring a song and a dish to share!

Weddings & Events


Soloist Package

An experienced soloist will work with you personally throughout your event planning process to ensure that you have the unique music experience you've been planning.


Solo package pricing starts at $300

Samples available by request.

Band Package

Green Mountain Music will provide a string band or chamber ensemble for your wedding or special event.  Our experienced and professional musicians are available to play your requests in all musical genres or to provide you with samples of their personal favorites and expert recommendations. 

Band Package pricing starts at $600

Samples available by request



I've been taught by Helen for about five years now. In that time, her guidance has allowed me to develop musically in a way no other teacher has before: she allows me to find the styles and methods that suit me best, and truly find a passion for music.


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I started with Mrs. Helen almost 5 years ago and I have learned everything from her! She always knows how to challenge you in the best way and helps you fix errors in creative ways. She makes learning the violin fun!


I've been playing violin for almost 5 years now, and taking lessons with Helen from the start. Violin is very difficult; the patience and encouragement Helen shows is helpful no matter your age.



They played and sang beautifully at our wedding, and met with us to make sure they understood exactly what we wanted and came through so superbly.  We were so happy their music was perfect for our special day.


I recall the sounds of birds, of rustling pine needles, and then the sweetest lilt of song to solemnize that moment of agreement and introduction that marks a wedding ceremony. Being a musician myself, I eminently trusted Helen with this moment. She is a delight - precise and reliable, with warm, intuitive tone, impeccable taste, and extraordinary commitment to beautiful music.

-Janell, bride

We asked Helen to play the ceremony music at our wedding and we couldn't have been more pleased! I didn't know exactly what I wanted, so she was kind enough to send me ideas of music pieces I might like. Ease of planning is an understatement, she did the hard work for me. All I had to do was pick out a few songs and she took care of the rest! Her selections paired so beautifully with our ceremony. I highly recommend her!