Tara Linhardt

Tara L.

Hastings on Hudson, NY
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old (off and on). I then started traveling more and found the mandolin to be so much easier to carry around and so much fun, it was hard to stop playing it. 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 multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA, The Traditions week at Common Ground on the Hill Festival in MD, etc
My students learn to have fun with music. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, arranging tunes, music theory, 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, 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.

Reviews

Write a Review
4.9
19 Reviews
5
95%
4
5%
3
0%
2
0%
1
0%
Aidan K.
Profile-location-online Online

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
Jillian A.
Profile-location-online Online

Posted May 21, 2019
Anaiyah
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Pure Awesomeness!
Thank you Ms. Tara.
Respect.

Posted May 16, 2019
Paul P.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

A gifted teacher and a lovely person. I couldn't ask for more.

Posted Apr 4, 2019
Matt Welker
Profile-location-online Online

Great experience. Got songs and chords, but also technique and cultural info around the various styles.

Posted Mar 22, 2019
Ann
Profile-location-online Online

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
Andrea
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great teacher! Precise, patient, playful, inspiring and talented!

Posted Dec 6, 2018
Cindy
Profile-location-online Online

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
Rob
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Apr 11, 2018
ed
Profile-location-online Online

Posted Apr 9, 2018
joseph
Profile-location-online Online

So much fun. Tara has an infectious attitude for teaching! You can tell she loves it.

Posted Jan 10, 2018
Mercedes
Profile-location-online Online

Tara is very knowledgeable and really connects well with her students.

Posted Oct 5, 2017
Marcy
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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
Francine
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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

Photos & Videos

2 Photos & Videos

Experience

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.

Education

Masters Degree in Education
Sep 2003 - Jun 2006

Shenandoah University

BA
Sep 1989 - Jun 1992

University of Wisconsin- Madison

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Nepali

Professional Proficiency

Thai

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Masters Degree in Education
Jul 2009

Shenandoah University

Masters in Education

Awards

first place at many music competitions
Jan 2014

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

Affiliations

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.

Let Our Student Counselors Help You

We can match you with the perfect teacher and take care of all your scheduling needs.
Reserve Your Spot
Mandolin
change subject
  • {{ subject.value }}
{{ (view.locations.length > 1) ? 'Select a ' : '' }} Lesson Location
Other lesson locations may be too far away. show all
Tara's Availability
Mo
Tu
We
Th
Fri
Sa
Su
Mornings
{{ time }}
Afternoons
{{ time }}
Evenings
{{ time }}
Time Zone:
Tara's {{ (view.location && view.location.isStudio) ? 'Studio' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isTravel) ? 'In-Home' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isOnline) ? 'Online' : '' }} Lesson Pricing
{{ rate.duration }} minutes
${{ rate.rate }}
{{ view.loadingText }}
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

Recently Viewed