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Music Instruction and Accountability Coaching

Tara teaching guitar at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival Kid's Academy in New Jersey. 

General Music Instruction Background

I have been teaching mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, and tenor guitar to all ages of people for over a decade both in person and online. I can teach not just how to play the music, but can also teach about traditional musics and the cultures and histories of the music. I have presented about the music at various universities and events as well as playing and performing the music.


I make learning music really fun and accessible no matter what someone's background is. With a Masters in Education as well as years of learning music in the context of bluegrass, old time, Irish, and Swing jazz jam sessions and gigs, I can comfortably teach music theory to those interested, or just cut to playing the hot jam tunes of a given genre, or teach how to improvise chord substitutions, or play a hot solos.


I have been teaching privately as well as at various music camps and festivals and workshops. I have taught both guitar and mandolin at festivals like the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival,  conducted workshops at many bluegrass festivals, taught all levels of mandolin classes at McDaniel College's Traditions week, presented about traditional musics at National Geographic, the Rubin Museum, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and various universities around the US.

In addition to music and dance lessons, I also am available for accountability coaching. WHAT IS AN ACCOUNTABILITY COACH? If you have a project (or projects) you are trying to complete and need help getting those projects to actualize- you may need an accountability coach. I can work with you to set both long term and short term goals. Then check in with you once or twice a week to go over your progress on achieving those goals. Having a positive, encouraging person checking in, giving feedback, and rewarding you for good work is often the difference between finally making that book, writing tunes for a CD, completing a renovation, organizing an office or home, starting your own business, or many other projects getting back-burnered forever or finally getting done and done well. 

Email me for more information if you might have interest in this very helpful and successful service.  Having me help you hone your career or personal goals, write them down, make an action plan, and then write, organize, and prioritize your goals can help those plans finally get off the ground and become real! Sometimes that extra organizer and motivator partner is that crucial extra spark and essential element to overcoming fears, feeling really good about oneself, and gaining accomplishments and acceptance. Let me help you find inspiration, set reasonable, reachable goals and help you feel empowered and reach your highest potentials!


I teach all ages. One-on-one or group lessons available by appointment, and I can also teach online lessons on a variety of platforms to anyplace in the world. 



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Tara teaching guitar at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Kid's Academy in PA.

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Doing a mandolin workshop at the DC Bluegrass Festival.

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Tara and other teachers at McDaniel College Bluegrass Week, Westmister, MD.

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Some of her kid students getting ready to play on stage in the kids contest at The Maury River Fiddlers Convention.

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“My lessons with Tara have been so fun and rewarding. I have such a sense of accomplishment!”


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