Tara Kizer Violin Lessons

Tara Kizer Violin Lessons


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Originally from St. Louis, MO, I started playing violin at age nine. I was fortunate enough to attend schools within a district that housed vibrant and thriving string program. Those dedicated teachers would later provide the main inspiration for my career. I developed a strong love of fiddle music, and continued to pursue that style along with my vigorous classical study throughout middle and high school. During my pre-college years, I enjoyed membership in both the Missouri All-State Orchestra and the St. Louis Youth Symphony. It was through the various mentoring opportunities I was given during this time that I discovered my immense passion for teaching.In 2013 I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Music Education. During my time at Missouri State I was dedicated to developing both my playing and teaching at a high level. I taught with the Missouri State String Project, taught private lessons, and also served as concertmaster of the Missouri State Symphony, where I won the Concerto Competition in 2012.I moved to Norman, OK in 2013 to pursue my Master of Music Education with Violin Emphasis at the University of Oklahoma. As in my undergraduate degree, I was determined to consistently push myself in both performance and education. During this degree I had the pleasure of studying violin with Professor Hal Grossman. I served as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant within the music education department, while also assisting Professor Grossman with underclassman violin instruction. As part of my graduate degree, I completed a thesis entitled Perceptions from the K-12 Educational Community Towards the Implementation of a Fiddle Music Curriculum in the State of Oklahoma. I also petitioned the department to allow me to be the first graduate music education student to give a graduate recital as well as completing a thesis.The beautiful and exciting city of Austin, TX has provided me with the opportunity to pursue my passion for both playing and teaching. I teach violin and fiddle lessons at my apartment, located about 20 minutes north of downtown. At Lamar Middle School and Fine Arts Academy, I am the proud director of the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Fiddlers, and Rockestra. Contact me to book myself or my students to provide music for your event!

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