Tara Gillespie

Tara G.

Austin, TX

Lesson Details



Tara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 45

Teaching since:
March 2011

I graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA! I received a BFA in Musical Theatre. What a change that was to go from Texas to Philly! I auditioned for many different schools, and know what it takes to get there. I then moved to New York City 2 days after graduating, on my 22nd birthday! I had 13 wonderful, and also challenging, years in NYC. Lots and lots of auditions, of every kind! Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Soaps, Film, Commercials, Concerts, Readings, Showcases, etc. I have sung for ABBA (Mama Mia), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Hal Prince (Gypsy). I was also up for leads in Mama Mia, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray. So, I definitely have a lot of versatility, and knowledge of what they're looking for! I did a Eugene O'Neil play called "Ah Wilderness" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. We opened there, and then toured it all over the Midwest for 6 months. I did appear on NBC's Law & Order as a featured role, with the late Jerry Orbach. Lot's of experience, lot's of knowledge, and I'm excited to share it with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach in a laid back manner. That's not to say that I don't expect you to work too though! I don't necessarily teach one specific method. I feel like if you can get ALL the information, and different methods, then you can choose what best works for your voice , or your piano playing. I want my students to feel comfortable and safe to explore all different facets of their talent. After all, the little imperfections are what make us all unique!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a keyboard, among many other instruments! My husband uses those, I use the piano. There's definitely a comfortable living room, for the parents or caregivers to sit and wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I go to the students house, they must have a piano, or keyboard. I can bring books of music.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any style of singing! I majored in Musical Theater, but I sing everything. I played piano for 10 years. I have many many years of music theory lessons! I had surgery on my vocal chords, back in 1995, and had 4 years of speech and vocal therapy, so I have lots of experience with that as well. I don't use a specific method with my acting. It depends on what they would want to work on! I have many books of music, and music theory, and piano learning. In terms of learning piano, I would start with scales, and chords, and learning the right hand, then the left.

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Artistic Director
Feb 2014 - Present
Champions Westlake

I work with the competitive gymnastics team to help with their performance and presentation. I also do ballet with them! Lots of theater and movement games as well. I LOVE IT!

Voice and Acting Coach
Dec 2012 - Present
Tara G. Studios

I have been giving voice and acting lessons since my husband and I moved here in 2012! I absolutely love it. I love that I still get to grow in my own craft, and spread my knowlege to kids and adults! I literally can say, that it is a complete joy to do what I have studied for so long, and what is my passion, for my work.

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BFA in Musical Theatre
Aug 1995 - May 1999
University of the Arts
Jun 1998 - Aug 1998
Oxford University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Actors' Equity Association
Jan 2001

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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20 Reviews

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Ashley Jul 3, 2016
Singing · In home

Tara is very good with my granddaughter.

Sophie Apr 11, 2016
Singing · In home

My daughter just loves Tara. We just had her first lesson and she just can't stop talking about it!

Sophie Apr 9, 2016
Singing · In home

My daughter just loves Tara. We just had her first lesson and she just can't stop talking about it!

Kalliegh K. Jan 24, 2016
Singing · In studio

Tara is still perfect! My daughter loves her and looks forward to Fridays for her lesson.

Emilee Earthman Jan 18, 2016
Acting · In home

Tara is a wonderful instructor to work with! I could not be more pleased with all the help she has given me with my college auditions. She is experienced and really knows how draw out emotions in your acting. I 10/10 recommend her to anyone!

Brittany Jan 12, 2016
Music Performance · In studio

Tara is wonderful instructor. She made my daughter feel confortable immediately.

Tatum P. Sep 18, 2015
Music Performance · In home

Tara is very professional, engaging and enthusiastic. I came to her for singing lessons and noticed an improvement in my vocal quality every session. She gave me great advice for song choices, taught me amazing "do yourself" exercises that I still practice at home, and improved my confidence for singing on stage and in front of others. I highly recommend Tara!

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Stephanie C. Jun 24, 2015
Singing · In studio

Tara's instruction is bae. Even an old fart like me is exploring the world of vocal performance without stigma in her concentrated, fun lessons.

Meggan W. Jun 8, 2015
Singing · In studio

Tara is so personable and inspiring! She is warm and kind, and my daughter looks forward to seeing her every week. She is wonderful with kids and makes my girl feel special, really bringing out her best, helping her feel more confident and pushing her to try new songs and techniques. We love working with Tara!

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yujuin Y. Jun 7, 2015
Singing · In home

Tara is a wonderful instructor. Her method of showing me how to sing has been more like helping me stand out. She also is good in making sure that you don't take things too fast as far as breathing exercises come, and how you sing.
Music and singing are there to regurjitate your voice as well as your how your mind, your heart and who you are. Take it as an exercise, or better yet, something that will help you become something better in life.

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America R. May 14, 2015
Singing · In studio

Absolutely fantastic! And she has a cute cat!

Chelsea H. Mar 6, 2014

Positive Reinforcement

Tara is great at finding things to work on no matter your expertise and she does so with a positive finesse. She's also a really flexible and kind person.

MarkH Mar 6, 2014

Phenomenal Vocal Coach

I hold a degree in music and have traveled and recorded extensively. I have worked with Tara for many years and can attest to her long experience, mastered talent, and extensive skill for drawing out the best in everyone who Tara works with. I would refer any student to work with her.

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ShannaLumpkin Mar 6, 2014

Star Quality and infectious presence

It would be an honor to be given the opportunity to be taught by Tara Gillespie. Her star quality and love for the stage is evident the minute you meet her! She has trained in the performing arts since such a young age and carried her career through adulthood, so she the mindset of any artist at any stage. She will help build the confidence, presence, and vocal and performance skills of someone who is ready to give 100%.

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TiannaH Mar 6, 2014

versatility and vast knowledge

Tara White Gillespie is an extremely versatile vocalist with countless years of experience under her belt in many genres. Her skills as a vocal coach and technique teacher are immeasurable. Austin is fortunate to have this breath of fresh air in the voice community.

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Barry D. Mar 6, 2014

Professional Voice Training

As Artistic Director of a musical theatre company in Houston, Texas, I have worked with thousands of singers and have learned over a thirty year period to recognize the ones who have developed their talent and technique to a level that qualifies them to teach others and Tara most certainly falls in that category. There are those who can sing and those who can teach and when you find someone who can do both the results are almost always positive. Having directed Tara in numerous leading roles as well as having her on my vocal staff I highly recommend her to those seeking solid coaching.

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KarenR Mar 6, 2014

I Love Tara Gillespie!

I can't imagine a more capable, caring or generous teacher than Tara Gillespie.
Since she was a young teenager, I've had the pleasure of watching Tara charm audiences with her amazing talent, incredible voice and sparkling personality.
Do yourself a favor and sign up for lessons now! You're going to love her <3

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Beverly Mar 6, 2014


I have known Tara for many years. She is one of the most talented people I know. she has an incredible voice and her professionalism is apparent. She has extensive theatre, acting, auditioning, etc. experience from having a Musical Theatre degree and her years in New York City. She is exceptionally good with dealing with children and has a personable personality and works with you on your level. A delight to know and have her share her talent.

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CarolR Mar 6, 2014

Beautiful voice..Beautiful person

I watched Tara grow up while attending our local Center Stage Theater in Houston . which by the way was lead by a very professional staff ....Tara was featured in most of the productions and did an amazing job...even back then she had a strong work ethic. I recently had the pleasure of hearing her sing again when Center Stage held their 30th Reunion in November.....She is such an amazing performer/singer...with a wonderful personality which would work well teaching students.....I highly recommend Tara as a teacher/coach...

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JustinW Mar 6, 2014

Quality lessons from a quality human being.

I have known Mrs. Gillespie for the majority of my life and have seen her love for art, gymnastics, theatre, dance and song, grow significantly through the years. If you, your child, or anyone you know would like to gain experience and confidence, Mrs. Gillespie will help you soar.

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