Tara Atkinson graduated from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors Degree in cello performance. During her studies with Janet Anthony, she was awarded the opportunity to play with acclaimed faculty Wen-Lei Gu and Anthony Padilla for a live radio broadcast in Chicago. She was elected to serve on the Dean’s advisory committee as a correspondent between the students and the Dean. Growing up in LA, she started her cello studies at age seven with Rachael Lonergan. Tara has attended several institutes and summer festivals as a student, and now attends Suzuki institutes yearly for teacher training, as a committed life-long student. Her most influential teachers have been Pam Devenport and Tanya Carey.
Tara is a dedicated Suzuki teacher, attending Suzuki institutes yearly and relishing every opportunity to learn more about cello pedagogy. She has been teaching the cello for eight years. She is passionate about reaching a broad and diverse audience, and is excited to launch a project to fund disadvantaged students. She is an active performer, recording artist, and collaborator. Tara is a RYT200 certified yoga teacher. Using her knowledge of the body to enhance her student’s ease and facility with the instrument, she also incorporates philosophical principles into her teaching. She is a member of the Suzuki of the Americas Association and the American String Teachers Association. She maintains a cello studio in South Pasadena, and makes soap and gardens in her spare time.