Tasha Locke

Tasha L.

Alexandria, VA

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Tasha delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2005

As a classically trained pianist, I focus on a solid foundation of the "basics," but also branch into other styles the student expresses interest in pursuing. I teach all ages, levels, and abilities. I focus on nurturing each student's unique talents and developing a positive and lifelong love for making music.

For those with pre-K children, I also offer:
Private Lessons: the WunderKeys program for a head start in music, math, and life!
Group Music Lessons: KiddyKeys - Make Every Child A Star!


*** About the Instructor ***

Tasha graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Nina Scolnik. She has worked as an accompanist and private music teacher in Long Beach and Orange County, and recently relocated to Alexandria, Virginia. Tasha is a member of the Virginia Music Teachers Association, the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, and of the Music Teachers National Association.

She has been a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and served on her local Long Beach branch's board for the Music Teachers Association of California as 2nd Vice President in charge of professional development and programming. She regularly attends annual teaching conferences to continue to improve and enhance her teaching.

Tasha is currently writing her thesis to complete her Master of Arts degree in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach, focusing on female French Baroque composers.

In addition to almost ten years as a private music instructor, her teaching experience includes lecturer for college theory courses and studies in early childhood development at Long Beach City College, where she also holds an Associate of Arts degree in classical saxophone. Though her passion is classical music, she encourages her students to explore all styles and creative interests, and most importantly to develop a love for music.

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Experience

Piano Instructor & Owner
Aug 2016 - Present
Arpeggio Music School

Alexandria, Virginia
Piano lessons for students of all ages, levels, and abilities
Group classes for preschool aged children through the KiddyKeys program

Piano Instructor
Aug 2005 - Jun 2016
Tasha Locke's Piano Studio

Long Beach, CA private music studio. Group classes, individual lessons, biannual recitals, competition opportunities.

Piano Instructor
Aug 2013 - Aug 2015
Orange County Music School

Graduate Assistant
Aug 2014 - May 2015
California State University, Long Beach

Graduate grader for Music in Film course.

Education

Master of Arts in Musicology
Aug 2014 - Present
California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
University of California, Irvine
Associate of Arts in Music
Aug 2008 - May 2011
Long Beach City College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Analysis
May 2013
University of California, Irvine

Extensive research and experiential learning, studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in depth, including travel to the region with other interfaith scholars.

Awards

Graduate Research Fellowship
May 2015
California State University, Long Beach
Medici Scholarship Award
May 2012
Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Affiliations

Virginia Music Teachers Association
Jul 2016

The mission of MTNA is to advance the value of music study and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music teachers. The mission is accomplished by members who teach with competence, act with integrity, volunteer services to MTNA programs, provide professional support for colleagues and communities, and comply with all laws and regulations that impact the music teaching profession. The mission calls for an ethical commitment to students, to colleagues, and to society.

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Music Teachers' Association of California
Jul 2014

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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California Association of Professional Music Teachers
Jul 2014

CAPMT is the California State Affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). CAPMT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music teachers organization of over 1,000 members, teaching in independent studios, private and public schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities throughout California.

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Music Teachers National Association
Jul 2014

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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National Guild of Piano Teachers/American College of Musicians, The
Jul 2014

Our primary function is to establish definite goals and awards--in noncompetitive auditions--for students of all levels, from the earliest beginner to the gifted prodigy.

Photos & Videos

Bestiaire Inimaginaire - Monic Cecconi-Botella
North American Premiere

Bryan Pollock, countertenor
M.F.A. voice recital

Tasha Locke, piano
Bryan Pollock's MFA voice recital
University of California, Irvine
April 7, 2013 5:00pm

Bryan Pollock, countertenor
Tasha Locke, piano
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5 Reviews

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Paulette W. Jun 18, 2017
Piano · In studio

I was a little nervous but Tasha made me feel welcome and comfortable immediately. She was very informative and professional.

Jaidan F. May 6, 2017
Piano · In studio

Tasha is very detail oriented and is perfect with younger student and older students alike. She is very responsive and is flexible in her approach to students. I have two children (with very different personalities and learning styles) taking lessons with Tasha, and she meets their needs flawlessly! They are both progressing beautifully under her steady and learned tutelage.

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Danielle M. May 6, 2017
Piano · In studio

Tasha is very detail oriented and is perfect with younger student and older students alike. She is very responsive and is flexible in her approach to students. I have two children (with very different personalities and learning styles) taking lessons with Tasha, and she meets their needs flawlessly! They are both progressing beautifully under her steady and learned tutelage.

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Matthew R. Aug 13, 2016
Piano · In studio

Tasha is a wonderful musician, and I've enjoyed working with her for years. She is patient and hardworking, and truly loves music making with colleagues and students. I would never send piano students to someone other than Tasha.

Taylor W. Sep 18, 2015
Piano · In studio

Tasha is very patient and awesome with what she does. My daughter has learned so much in just three sessions. I would recommend her to friends any day.

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