My name is Tara Scheyer.
I've been teaching music since my college days (around 30 years) and have been playing music since I was five and my Grandaddy- who was the Justice of the Peace back home in Union, MS- paid me a quarter a pop to play "Here Comes the Bride" on the piano when he officiated in our home.
I grew up playing in the Baptist Church, and went on to study music performance and education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. I moved to Augusta the day I graduated from college and started accompanying and teaching piano lessons and group classes at Augusta State University.
I took a short break from Augusta to move to Nashville when Reba McEntire hired me as a songwriter for her publishing company, Starstruck. In Nashville I wrote for Reba for two years, then worked at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music for 4 years. I also got married in Nashville, and when Kevin and I were ready to plant some roots we headed back to Augusta, where some of his family still lives.
Kevin and I ran a little dog bakery in Surrey Center called Fetch for nine years before deciding to focus on our bigger passions: kids and music. We now have two boys- Felix is 18 and Nopa is 13- and perform together in a family music project called Tara Scheyer & the Mud Puppy Band.
I believe in teaching children to LOVE music, and to help them feel safe and confident performing it. My teaching method/mission is a little bit of classical method, theory and composition mixed with a whole lot of technique (pitch, dynamics, phrasing) and ear-training (we sing solfege nearly every week). I use the following electronic supplements: PreschoolProdigies.com, Musicplayonline.com, DustBusters2 app, Staff Wars app, and Rhythm Cat app.