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Tamari (Tamara) W.
Torrington, Connecticut
Take your first step into music by learning piano.
Piano class is an exciting and informative introduction to piano and music skills for beginning to intermediate level music students in grades Kindergarten through Adult. The goal of the course is not only to develop a solid musical foundation in piano which will greatly assist in the future pursuit of any musical instrument in any style, but most importantly to instill in the student an understanding of how music is put together and thereby yield a sense of appreciation and mastery, even of little accomplishments, which build upon one another to greater accomplishments. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic piano repertoire. Class size varies from 2 to 3 students (with the possibility of expansion) with group activities as well as one-on-one instruction. I have found that a group atmosphere is often more beneficial and enjoyable for beginning to intermediate level students because they are motivated by their peers, but are also allowed to progress at their own rate. I use a variety of different course materials ranging from the "Mr. Bass Clef" series to Frances Clark's 'The Music Tree', "Bastien Piano Basics', John Thompson's Method, and the Alfred's series of graded books. In some instances, I teach in the Suzuki style.
About Tamari (Tamara) W.

Hi, there! I'm TamarI and I can't wait to meet you! We all learn in different ways; some are more visual; others, auditory; some, kinesthetic--I combine a number of different modalities in my teaching, including direct feedback-teaching--once you learn a concept or skill, teach it, as soon as you possibly can, to someone else! -- this reinforces your own knowledge of the skill or concept. I've been teaching private lessons for many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces. Some take music lessons just for the sheer joy of learning a new discipline; others, to prepare for performances or auditions. Over the years, my younger students have earned blue and gold ratings at a well known festival in CT, some of them even going on to earn gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment to the art, discipline and joy of music making. I attended Indiana University's Jacob School of Music where I earned a Masters in Piano Performance, and Composition in the '90's. I sang all types of vocal music as well as prepared singers with vocal coaching and voice development techniques 20+ years. I'm fun loving, patient, and optimistic-- these traits carry through in my teaching style, One Size does NOT fit all--I approach the lesson plans for each student tailored to your learning style. Over the years, my life experiences have encompassed other disciplines and compelled me to learn and acquire many other skills: my liberal arts as well as fine arts education lent itself to helping me work administrative jobs and even expanded into sales and public speaking. I have coached after school and SAT preparation to High School and College age students, helped with the preparation of legal and analytical documents, creative writing and editing assignments; and even tutored computer, social media and Microsoft Office & iWork Suite of applications to older adults. Within the 10 most recent years, I served as Music Director in Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and Lutheran Churches, as it is my firm conviction that Music is a universal language which can help deepen the prayer experience while helping to bring comfort and joy. Since 2018, I have worked to earn licensing and Certification with AFAA, NASM, and tivity Health, to teach Group Fitness Classes to an Aging population. These classes may be taken virtually through Fitswop.com. I look forward to helping you reach your goals

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 1990

Education

MM Piano; Composition; Comparative Literature Music in Film

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Teaches ages 5+

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Tamari (Tamara) W.
Torrington, Connecticut
Take your first step into music by learning piano.
Piano class is an exciting and informative introduction to piano and music skills for beginning to intermediate level music students in grades Kindergarten through Adult. The goal of the course is not only to develop a solid musical foundation in piano which will greatly assist in the future pursuit of any musical instrument in any style, but most importantly to instill in the student an understanding of how music is put together and thereby yield a sense of appreciation and mastery, even of little accomplishments, which build upon one another to greater accomplishments. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic piano repertoire. Class size varies from 2 to 3 students (with the possibility of expansion) with group activities as well as one-on-one instruction. I have found that a group atmosphere is often more beneficial and enjoyable for beginning to intermediate level students because they are motivated by their peers, but are also allowed to progress at their own rate. I use a variety of different course materials ranging from the "Mr. Bass Clef" series to Frances Clark's 'The Music Tree', "Bastien Piano Basics', John Thompson's Method, and the Alfred's series of graded books. In some instances, I teach in the Suzuki style.
About Tamari (Tamara) W.

Hi, there! I'm TamarI and I can't wait to meet you! We all learn in different ways; some are more visual; others, auditory; some, kinesthetic--I combine a number of different modalities in my teaching, including direct feedback-teaching--once you learn a concept or skill, teach it, as soon as you possibly can, to someone else! -- this reinforces your own knowledge of the skill or concept. I've been teaching private lessons for many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces. Some take music lessons just for the sheer joy of learning a new discipline; others, to prepare for performances or auditions. Over the years, my younger students have earned blue and gold ratings at a well known festival in CT, some of them even going on to earn gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment to the art, discipline and joy of music making. I attended Indiana University's Jacob School of Music where I earned a Masters in Piano Performance, and Composition in the '90's. I sang all types of vocal music as well as prepared singers with vocal coaching and voice development techniques 20+ years. I'm fun loving, patient, and optimistic-- these traits carry through in my teaching style, One Size does NOT fit all--I approach the lesson plans for each student tailored to your learning style. Over the years, my life experiences have encompassed other disciplines and compelled me to learn and acquire many other skills: my liberal arts as well as fine arts education lent itself to helping me work administrative jobs and even expanded into sales and public speaking. I have coached after school and SAT preparation to High School and College age students, helped with the preparation of legal and analytical documents, creative writing and editing assignments; and even tutored computer, social media and Microsoft Office & iWork Suite of applications to older adults. Within the 10 most recent years, I served as Music Director in Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and Lutheran Churches, as it is my firm conviction that Music is a universal language which can help deepen the prayer experience while helping to bring comfort and joy. Since 2018, I have worked to earn licensing and Certification with AFAA, NASM, and tivity Health, to teach Group Fitness Classes to an Aging population. These classes may be taken virtually through Fitswop.com. I look forward to helping you reach your goals

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 1990

Education

MM Piano; Composition; Comparative Literature Music in Film

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English

Speaks

Has background check

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I've done Silver Sneakers full-body workout sessions with Tamari. She brings her cheery, delightful and upbeat personality to her classes. She inspires and leads, without being pushy. Her technical training combines with her creativity to keep class interesting and engaging. I always enjoy her choice of music, too. (No wonder, because she's an accomplished musician, too.) I highly recommend her as a fitness teacher!!

Posted Nov 18, 2020
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I have had a wonderful experience studying piano with Tamari. She is an enthusiastic teacher making the lesson not only rewarding but also joyful. We had to go virtual because of Covid-19 and Tamari spent a lot of time getting all of us familiarized with virtual lessons. She is very dedicated, patient, caring, has a warm personality and she really enjoys teaching.

Posted May 14, 2020
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Hi Everyone, I’d like to tell all about what a wonderful experience I’m having with Tamari as my piano teacher. First about me. I’m a 70 year old male with virtually no hands-on music experience or knowledge (other than listening). My parents forced me to take piano music lessons 60+ years ago which I totally resisted. Playing piano was a sissy thing and after a few months they gave up. For the past 50 years I regretted my youthful error. So when I had the chance to take a piano/keyboard class from Tamari, through OLLI at Uconn I jumped at the chance. Tamari started the first class totally prepared. Not only did she have startup handouts geared to beginner level students. She also came with extension cords and power outlet strips so all could set up comfortably. Right away we (9) were playing notes and learning. Tamari gave us terrific learning tips (beyond Every Good Boy Does Fine) to make grasping lessons much easier. Sadly, the Virus hit, and self-isolation became the norm. So Tamari set up her classes through the ZOOM video conferencing software. Wonderfully, a fun learning experience. One example from yesterday. Tamari helped me learn that just playing the notes , G A G C B by pecking at the keys isn’t music. There’s a certain rhythm needed to make the sound correct and enjoyable. And after, patiently, staying with me, turn after turn, I got it right. Bravo to her and me. Let me wrap this up by saying, I couldn’t be happier or more satisfied with Tamari as my Piano teacher. Ralph A Famiglietti.

Posted Apr 10, 2020
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Music Director (Interim)
Jul 2018 - Present
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Chief Musician for this church, planning each week's Hymns and Service music closely with Pastor K. Wadhams. Organist, Keyboard Player (Clavinova) and Vocalist.
Music Director
Jul 2018 - Present
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN
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General Music Teacher
Aug 2002 - Apr 2003
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MM Piano; Composition; Comparative Literature Music in Film
Sep 1986 - May 1993
Indiana University Jacob's School of Music
BFA Piano & Music in Film
Aug 1981 - Dec 1985
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English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
GROUP FITNESS CERTIFICATION
Jul 2018
AFAA / NASM
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Aug 2002
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Silver Sneakers Signature YOGA Class
Oct 2020
tivity health
Merit Prize
Sep 1998
Guild of Temple Musicians
Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut
Feb 2015
The mission of the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut is to provide services at no cost to any individual who wishes to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives in our community.
Music Teachers National Association
Mar 2003
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Instructor details
Classical Piano
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Williams Ave. Torrington
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$33
45 minutes
$48
60 minutes
$58
75 minutes
$68
90 minutes
$74
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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