My name is Tara Scheyer.  


I've been teaching music since my college days (around 20 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- asked me 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.  

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 14 and Nopa is 9- 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: PreschoolProdogies.com, Funmusicco.com, DustBusters2 app, Staff Wars app, and Rhythm Cat app.