Tamari Witkin

Tamari W.

Milford, CT
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About

Tamari delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 5 to 85, males 5 to 68 and special needs

Teaching since:
February 1990

Hi, there! My name is Tamar; I'm called Tamari, informally, and Tamara for the stage, and I can't wait to meet you!

I've been teaching private lessons for many, many years and have loved helping my students acquire new skills, master new pieces, and prepare for concerts and performances. Over the years, my younger students have earned Blue and Gold ratings at the Young Musicians' Festival in Fairfield U., some of them earning gold cups: This is a statewide event to encourage long-term commitment to the art, discipline and joy of music making.
I went to Indiana University's Jacob School of Music and 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 past 23 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.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals

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Experience

Independent Associate Senior Manager Level
Jun 2012 - Present
Private Company

I present Legal Insurance and Identity Theft Prevention and Restoration Plans to Individuals, Families, Self-Employed Professionals, Businesses and Companies (as employee benefits), following a protracted legal probate experience with a family member from '06 to the Spring of '11. I'm especially driven to help artists, writers, and musicians to arm and protect themselves with affordable legal services available in 50 states: Use your money for your life and art, not to line lawyers' pockets! one year's membership availing us of attorney advice in every discipline of the law costs less than one hour with a specialized licensed attorney. The trainings and experience I've gained in learning the plans and publicly presenting them to business professionals every month since 2013 has given me outstanding public relations skills and experience; public speaking skills.

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Performing Pianist and Mezzo Soprano
Apr 2006 - Present
The Schubert Club; Music Teachers Association; Wednesday Music Org.

Perform both as a soloist and as a singer in ensembles with musical colleagues throughout the State of CT and NY.

Music Director
Aug 2009 - May 2015
Various Churches throughout New Haven County

Directed Choirs, Helped to Choose music for Anthems; Religious Holiday music; Sang; Performed on both piano and organ for services

Content Management & Web Design Assistant
Aug 2006 - May 2014
Artful One Design

Data entry, content consultant; visual graphics assistant in content managed web sites and print materials as well as typing; document preparation, office management; (interfacing with clients for proposals etc.)

Private Instructor: Piano & Voice
Sep 1998 - Apr 2011
Middle Sea Music

Private Teacher for both Piano and Voice Students both at my home studio and at student homes

Sales Associate in Antiques; Rare Books
Mar 2005 - Mar 2010
AJ Antiques & Collectibles

Assisted with trade and antique show displays and sales; traveling auctions; and purchasing inventory; specialized in rare; illustrated children's books for awhile..Here I began to develop my confidence in public speaking and presentation skills.

General Music Teacher
Aug 2002 - Apr 2003
Trumbull Public School System

Taught General Music; Musical Games; Singing K-6 in Jane Ryan and Booth Hill Schools singing, using musical instruments; music and movement, listening games; ear training games; implemented a course in music from around the world for the older children...

Education

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
Purchase College, SUNY

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CT's ARC program graduate
Aug 2002
CT Board of Education

CT's Alternate Route to Teacher Certification-- Condensed course in teaching music in public school: this included learning the basics of every band instrument.

Awards

Merit Prize
Sep 1998
Guild of Temple Musicians

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Mar 2003

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Photos & Videos

Welcome to my Take Lessons Page!  Meet me!
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Blue Piano

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Tamari conducts the Orange Chorale
Johann Sebastian Bach Terzett from B Minor Mass with Anna Marie D'Ambrosio (Soprano) and Diane LaSala (Soprano I) -- Tamara is Mezzo Soprano
"Go, Tell it on the Mountain" Christian Folk Song-Sung on Christmas Eve, 2014 accompanied at the piano by the pastor.
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22 Reviews

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Crystal Mar 27, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Great beginner lesson!

Nancy S. Jan 7, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Great first lesson. She clearly knows the technical aspects of piano and has a wonderful personality too!!

Danika N. Nov 5, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home

Tamari is excellent with our 7y/o daughter. She is very thorough and detailed in her instruction. We love how she involves us, the parents, in the lesson. We could not be happier.

Michael Aug 24, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio

As a fellow teacher, pianist and choral director, I know a fine musician and teacher when I see one, and I am happy to recommend Tamari Witkin as an outstanding teacher of piano, voice and composition. As a highly versatile, knowledgeable, multi-faceted musician and coach, she motivates her students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels, to keep reaching for ever-higher levels. Tamari's enthusiasm and creativity as an instructor make taking lessons from her both interesting and fun. She skillfully and thoughtfully communicates the language, meaning and joy of making music. Tamari is exceptional in encouraging and motivating her students. These qualities are what make up the keys to what it's all about; the bottom line: one would be hard-pressed to find a better balanced and effective teacher of music.

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Gloria Aug 20, 2016
Classical Piano ·

I am a fellow musician and piano teacher. I've known Tamari for well over a decade, and know her to be a dedicated teacher of piano. I've heard her sing at performances hosted by The Schubert Club of Fairfield County here in Connecticut, and she is quite skilled. I haven't seen Tamari in a formal piano performance, but we've sight-read piano music together at home, and she is very capable. Tamari's greatest strength is her warm and caring personality, which is essential for relating to students. Put that together with her excellent musical training, and you have a dynamite teacher.

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Kate Aug 15, 2016
Classical Voice · In studio

I have known Tamari Witkin for about four years through a very active music club called The Schubert Club of Fairfield County. She and I have performed vocal duets for the other members of the club on two occasions, and recently we were members of a quartet presenting music from a Bach Cantata. In addition, I have listened to her perform as a solo pianist on several occasions and was impressed with her musical ability.
Tamari is delightful to perform with, because her musicianship is highly professional, and she works well with other performers. In rehearsal, she is able to communicate her ideas about the inner structure of the music, giving her partners clear insights into the composer’s intent that helps them achieve a more satisfying performance.
I have been a voice teacher for over forty years, teaching both young and older students the craft of singing. My long years of experience have taught me that effective communication (from teacher to student) lies at that heart of developing an artist. Although I have not witnessed Tamari in a teaching capacity, I believe from the association I have had with her that she would be an effective and capable teacher.

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Richard Aug 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Tamari is a very nice and a talented teacher. I learned a lot while working with her and feel more comfortable with the guitar now.

Joanna Aug 10, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Tamari is very knowledgeable to music theory, and she is able to turn the deep theory into plain and fun language that children can easily understand. She is also very patient and nice. Our kid is really enjoying her class.

Chaz Aug 9, 2016
Essay Writing · In studio

I found her to be extremely knowledgeable and easy to learn from.
with a spirited enthusiastic approach in
her teaching method.

Joanne Feb 15, 2016
Classical Voice · In home

I have worked with Tamari and found her very knowledgable about music. She has a great teaching technique and is very helpful.

Rob Feb 4, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

Tamari taught lessons to two of my daughters. She was patient with them and helped them learn both theory and performance. The recitals were also enjoyable and rewarding. I would recommend Tamari for lessons.

Carole Feb 4, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio

Tamari is a wonderful teacher very professional and patient, helps you to stretch and meet your potential. I highly recommend her.

Uma Feb 3, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

We had really great experience with Tamari, my daughter had great foundation on piano and guitar .

I would definitely recommend her.

Pani Jan 22, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

Highly accomplished excellent teacher. Patient, kind and very good with beginner students. Highly recommended.

Noelle Jan 22, 2016
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I have known Tamari since 1989 when she was the graduate student of renowned pianist Edward Auer at the University of Indiana Bloomington's School of Music. Tamar has a broad and extensive background in classical piano performance and teaching. She is a dedicated, compassionate and astute teacher committed to the person and artistry of her pupils. She is also a person with a rich arts and cultural background, as well as being extremely enterprising and persevering in other support endeavors such as her Legal Shield work, and coaching work. It would be a privilege to learn from Tamari's humanistic wealth of knowledge, talent and experience.

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Steven Jan 12, 2016
Broadway Singing · In home

Fantastic and knowledgeable teacher. Patient, kind and willing to work with even an amateur like myself. Made my first musical performance possible through careful prep. Highly reccomended

Robert Jan 12, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

For more than a decade I have followed Tamari’s piano performances, compositions, choir direction, and performances of her students. The results have been superb as attested by audiences, colleagues, and those under her direction, including former performers with the Metropolitan Opera and other distinguished musicians.

I am delighted to learn that she has decided to take some additional fortunate students, including beginners. I have also witnessed excellent performances by her justifiably proud beginner students.

I am pleased to recommend Tamari as an excellent music teacher of piano, voice, or composition for students of any level.

Sincerely,

Robert D. Johnson

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Thelma Jan 11, 2016
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Tamari is a wonderful musician. She enjoys teaching at all levels and brings joy, fun, and creativity to what she obviously loves doing ! Definitely a people person

Jay Jan 11, 2016
· In home

Tamari is a very effective communicator who strives to help her students understand the subject matter in a clear and concise way. She also has a wonderful heart which keeps her students at ease. Tamari creates an enjoyable and satisfying learning experience and come highly recommended.

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Ed Jan 11, 2016
Classical Voice · Online

Excellent instructor, very professional. Highly recommended.

Roger Nielsen Jan 10, 2016
Public Speaking · Online

Tamari is a very diligent, hard-working, articulate professional. She has excellent communication skills and always gives 110 percent when she is very passionate about something. She would be a tremendous asset to your organization.

Wendie Jan 10, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio

Tamari Witkin is an excellent pianist and singer. She maintains an infectious enthusiasm for music and would be an excellen t teacher.

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