Some of Tara's Student's Testimonials


"I took mandolin lessons for about a year and a half, and I can't say enough good things about her. I was a complete beginner when I started with her and now I feel prepared and comfortable when I play at jams. Tara taught me a wide repertoire of tunes. She taught me ways to play different chords, how to move chords, how different players may use capos, and how to simplify or add chords. She has really good insight on how to start improvising and taking breaks. I think she adapts her teaching to use the technique that will help make the concept make sense to you. She is a lot of fun to learn from, and it is super inspiring to watch her play. Tara is an awesome teacher and I highly recommend her!"

- Kristin H.


"Tara has been teaching our 8 year old Evan Bluegrass guitar for a little over 2 years. He looked forward to his weekly oportunity to learn and play with Ms. Tara. To watch her interact-educate- and entertain Evan- was just a joy. We are sorry she has left Virginia- impossible to replace. If you get the chance to take lessons with her- take it! She is an amazing teacher and a great friend of our son.

-Don D.


I've been taking lessons now with Tara for the better part of 4 years. She is talented, professional, engaging, knowledgable, and most importantly patient. She taught this old dog a lot of new tricks on the mandolin. I still have a long way to go, but if you are looking for a mando teacher, this lady is tops in my book.

- Al W.


"Tara is a fantastic teacher. She is fun, funny, and easy going. Tara is especially good at teaching in a way that is easy to understand and digest - a rare and exceptional quality in a music teacher."

- Caryn F.


"I’ve learned more about playing the guitar in the last year than I have in the last 10 years, if you want to learn how to play the guitar or mandolin and don’t know where to start- then call Tara."

-Patrick F.


"Tara is a superb teacher with a unique flair for adjusting her teaching technique to match my learning style."

- Al B.


"As a teacher she was cheerful, receptive, and "got down to business." She obviously loves what she does and has a great knowledge and background of music:  Not just Bluegrass, but a broad expanse of music appreciation and different venues.  She critiques and promotes good musicianship and shares the valuable techniques that she knows.

Fingering, composure, structure; she shares it all with her students happily.  And that makes it all the more fun, and helps inspire the student to learn and do better.  She easily compliments and encourages all levels of students.  I for one, after 30 years of playing, was challenged to learn new styles and picking patterns.  

Tara Linhardt is a very talented and positive instructor.  I would recommend her to anyone for either guitar or mandolin."

- David S.


"When I bought a mandolin three years ago, I decided to take lessons in order not to develop bad habits I had learned from my self-taught half-century with the guitar.  Tara Linhardt was highly recommended by one of her other older students.  Her teaching method was well organized, appropriately paced and accompanied by her wonderful sense of humor.  I had the opportunity to watch her work with younger students whose lessons followed mine.  She was equally sensitive to the learning styles of those students and, as with me, she provided plenty of encouragement.  As I became better at learning on my own, she adapted her lessons to my skill level and provided my with the fundamentals of music theory.  I often recommend Tara to people who are looking for a mandolin teacher. "

- Max H.

A gifted teacher and a lovely person. I couldn't ask for more.

-Paul P.

Great teacher! Precise, patient, playful, inspiring and talented!


Tara's very knowledgeable and thorough in her teaching. She's also patient and keeps the session light and fun. Looking forward to learning more with her.

Brad M. 

Great experience. Got songs and chords, but also technique and cultural info around the various styles.

-Matt W.








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