Tara Linhardt
Hastings on Hudson, NY
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Tara Linhardt

Tara L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old. I have been playing and teaching mostly bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, and swing jazz styles for many years. I have taught both privately and have also done various workshops at festivals. I have taught guitar multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA.
My students learn to have fun with music. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, getting into and/or hanging on in a jam session, etc.

About Tara L.

I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, blues, folk, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any luck with doing so before, and help getting away from sheet music addictions to be able to have fun and confidence out at jams. I also can give a good foundation in music theory as it applies to one's actual playing and have it be fun and make sense. We can also work on songwriting techniques and I can help you learn to write your own songs. I go between the New York area and Virginia (Washington, DC area) and am happy to work with people from anywhere in the world with online lessons and can do in person lessons if we are in the same region. Feel free to reach out to me through the "Ask A Question" feature about times for lessons or any other questions. Looking forward to helping you have lots of fun with music!


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21 Reviews
Stefan S.
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Tara is a very knowledgeable and easy-going instructor. Her ability to teach theory in bite-sized chunks while keeping the lesson light and fun is extremely commendable. No grad-school music theory textbooks here, just color-coded fun. Her mnemonic devices are also hilarious. 6/5 stars

Posted Aug 23, 2021
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Posted Jan 27, 2021
Aidan K.
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The way Tara presents traditional tunes is straightforward and easy to digest, while staying as true to the tune as possible. Super friendly, and really easy to work with.

Posted Dec 26, 2019
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Pure Awesomeness!
Thank you Ms. Tara.

Posted May 16, 2019
Paul P.
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A gifted teacher and a lovely person. I couldn't ask for more.

Posted Apr 4, 2019
Matt Welker
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Great experience. Got songs and chords, but also technique and cultural info around the various styles.

Posted Mar 22, 2019
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I’ve only had two lessons so far, but Tara is personable, knowledgeable, and keeps things light and entertaining while still getting the lessons taught.

Posted Jan 20, 2019
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Great teacher! Precise, patient, playful, inspiring and talented!

Posted Dec 6, 2018
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My first lesson was great! I am a brand new player and Tara made it very easy to understand. I am very excited to learn more.

Posted Apr 28, 2018
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Great start. Tara was patient and easy going. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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So much fun. Tara has an infectious attitude for teaching! You can tell she loves it.

Posted Jan 10, 2018
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Tara is very knowledgeable and really connects well with her students.

Posted Oct 5, 2017
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Tara is a wonderful teacher. She made me feel comfortable about my short fingers even before we met for my first guitar lesson. She said she was sure she'd get me playing and we'd have some fun, and she was right! She's patient and respectful for where I'm at musically and short fingers and all, I'm finally, after a couple failed attempts at teaching myself, making music with this guitar!

Posted Mar 15, 2017
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Tara is very warm and patient. My 7-years old daughter (and I) really enjoyed her introduction lessons to Ukulele.

Posted Feb 6, 2016
Brad M.
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Tara's very knowledgeable about the mandolin and thorough in her teaching. She's also patient and keeps the session light and fun. Looking forward to learning more with her.

Posted Nov 30, 2015
thomas (63) D.
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Lucky for me that TARA moved to NY when i decided to Take Acoustic Guitar Lessons.She is very Patient & Knowledgeable with Different Music Styles.I have been taking lessons for about a year with good results.
Great Teacher & Excellent Musician with Mandolin or Guitar Highly Recommend .

Posted Aug 27, 2015
Kristin H.
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I took mandolin lessons from Tara for about a year and a half, and I can't say enough good things about her. I was a complete beginner when I started with her, and now I feel prepared and comfortable when I play at jams. Tara taught me a wide repertoire of tunes. She taught me ways to play different chords, how to move chords, how different players may use different chords in different styles, how to read guitar chords, how to adapt when guitars use capos, and how to simplify or add chords. She has really good insight on how to start improvising and taking breaks. I think she adapts her teaching to use the technique that will help make the concept make sense to you. She is a lot of fun to learn from, and it is super inspiring to watch her play. Tara is an awesome teacher, and I highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 16, 2014
Don D.
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Tara has been teaching our 8 year old Evan Bluegrass guitar for a little over two years. He looked forward to his weekly opportunity to learn and play with Ms. Tara. To watch her interact - educate - and entertain Evan - was just a joy. We are sorry she has left Virginia - impossible to replace - if you get the chance - take it! She is an amazing teacher and a great friend of our Son.

Posted Jun 7, 2014
Al W.
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I've been taking lessons from Tara now for the better part of 4 years. She is talented, professional, engaging, knowledgeable, and most importantly, patient. She taught this old dog a lot of new tricks on the Mandolin. I still have a long way to go, but if you are looking for a Mando teacher, this lady is tops in my book. Sorry she left VA, but NY got themselves one good musician and teacher.

Posted Jun 5, 2014
Jillian A.
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Posted May 21, 2019
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Posted Apr 9, 2018

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Music Teacher and Musician
Aug 1996 - Present

Tara L.

I have been teaching music lessons for privately and at festivals and in workshops for around 15 years. I draw from my experiences learning in jam sessions and on stage as well as from ideas from a formalized University education. I have found it best to find the fun in music and after that is established the music theory and repertoire of tunes just follows and is incorporated easily in over time. I have studied different styles of music and I think that has helped my over all playing abilities in all of the genres.


Masters Degree in Education
Sep 2003 - Jun 2006

Shenandoah University

Sep 1989 - Jun 1992

University of Wisconsin- Madison



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Masters Degree in Education
Jul 2009

Shenandoah University

Masters in Education


first place at many music competitions
Jan 2014

Mt. Airy Fiddler's Convention, Maury River Fiddler's, Deer Creek Fiddlers, etc


International Bluegrass Music Association
Aug 2015
IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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