Tara is a passionate musician who enjoys a varied career performing violin and teaching music on the North Coast in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. She runs ME AND MY VIOLIN which focuses on violin performance as well as teaching the violin to young people from 5 – 20 years.
Tara learnt to play the violin in Cape Town from the age of 9. She continued her Classical training at Stellenbosch University where she studied B Mus (Ed) in Music and Mathematics, completing her five years there with Honours specialising in violin tuition (B Mus Ed Honours cum laude).
Moving from Cape Town, it was on the North Coast of KZN where Tara really learnt to perform, collaborating with other local musicians in the classical violin & piano duo Duette, touring to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown with the fusion guitar & violin duo 20 fingers – 10 strings, and playing at music festivals White Mountain and Splashy Fen with bands such as Zoe and the Educators. Tara loves performing locally on the North Coast at restaurants, shopping centres, weddings and specials events, playing a variety of music from pure Classical, Light Jazz and Ballads, to upbeat Contemporary tunes! Tara performs on a Classical violin made by Karl Vavra, and a Yamaha electric.
Tara has been teaching violin for 22 years and has a deep belief in the many benefits of learning to play an instrument – not only for the actual enjoyment of being able to play music, but massive spin-offs in greater confidence, brain activity, co-ordination – and the list goes on. Tara runs her violin school ME AND MY VIOLIN in the afternoons, working with groups of students as well as individual lessons, and has fun working with her string ensemble which performs at competitions and concerts!
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