Sep 20, 2016
Tara is a talented cellist, committed teacher, and generally awesome human being to have your children learning music from! I have known Tara for nearly a decade and have had the privilege to play next to her, observe her excellent preparation for recitals and concerts, and see the joy that teaching brings her as she's grown in her Suzuki training in recent years.
She has a warm, rich tone and relaxed technique that any student would be lucky to emulate. And most importantly she has found a great balance in connecting with her students while also pushing them to become their own best teachers through excellent practice habits and problem solving skills. If you're in South Pasedena, look no further - Tara is your teacher!
Sep 16, 2016
Not only is Tara Atkinson a wonderful person, she is also a fantastic musician. I have had the honor of playing beside her in multiple different ensembles and it is obvious that her intoxicating love for the cello, goes beyond the music. Her teaching, much like her playing, comes from within and is easily activated in others. She has an abundance of knowledge which she articulates clearly and efficiently while also having good time management and organizational skills. If you want to learn to play the cello, find another teacher. If you want to learn to LOVE the cello, she's the perfect match for you.
Sep 16, 2016
Tara is amazing! My 13 year old daughter absolutely loves her. Tara relates to her students on a personal level and creates an atmosphere of collaboration and creativity that my daughter finds very motivating. Her playing has grown exponentially under Tara's tutelage. Tara is a consummate professional and holds her students to high standards while always encouraging and inspiring them. We couldn't have found a more gifted musician and teacher and couldn't recommend her more highly!
Sep 15, 2016
Tara Atkinson is a gifted professional cellist who loves teaching students of all ages. She is warm and personable, yet maintains high standards for her students. Ms. Atkinson would be an excellent private teacher for a future music major or a child that wants to have fun learning the cello. While Ms. Atkinson was the cello coach at my school, students responded very favorably to their time with her. I have been a music teacher for over 30 years, and I can assure you that very few private teachers possess the warmth and professionalism of Ms. Atkinson.