Violin & Viola Instructor

Haymarket Location

 Recital Facilitator

Tami began her adult life in the USAF, in Food Service, where  spent twenty years as a USAF Spouse and mother of two children living in Europe and in the U.S.  She earned, with honors a FA in Music from Spokane Falls Community College, a BA in Music Education from GMU, an MM in Performance and Pedagogy from GMU, and has thirty more credits for a Special Education teaching license.

Tami has worked as a strings and elementary music teacher in Virginia and Minnesota. She is on staff  with YOPW  as ‘Primo Orchestra’ Coach.  During her music career, Tami has been a violist and violinist in professional and community orchestras, pit orchestras, and small ensembles in Illinois, Alabama, Washington, Virginia, and Minnesota.  She dabbled in fiddle music in MN and played in a classic country band.

Tami loves to teach music!  The most important part of Tami’s teaching style is enjoyment and being an ‘out of the box’ musician. Her philosophy is that each individual has different needs and she strives to adapt musical experiences to fit those needs. Music isn’t just about learning how to play instrument; it is a tool to experience life through music.

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