Tarra Guerra

Violin, Guitar Teacher

Tarra Guerra

SAA Member


Fort Lauderdale, FL
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New Zealand born, North Carolina raised musician Tarra Guerra is trained in Suzuki violin and guitar, with a long-time active teaching studio in the greater Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas. Tarra is also Adjunct Professor of Guitar (and Violin when needed) at Nova Southeastern University.
An active member of the board of the Suzuki Association of South Florida, during normal times she is energetic in the organization of workshops, graduation recitals, and other community events.

As a child, Tarra studied classical guitar at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Jesus Silva, a protégé and student of Andres Segovia.  As a young teen in New Zealand, while studying with Belgian concert guitarist Emile Bibobi, Tarra won the Open category of the New Zealand National Guitar competition. More recently, she gained a Master of Music in classical guitar performance at Florida Atlantic University, minoring in violin and composition. While at FAU, she was concertmaster of the FAU Symphony, teacher of the early level Guitar Ensemble class, Head Orchestra Librarian, and wrote for and played in all concerts of the FAU Composition Studio.

Tarra Guerra performs classical music extensively in venues ranging from small groups to international festivals, both solo and in with several chamber ensembles including Synergies ( piano/guitar duo), the Middle Earth Trio (Classical Guitar), and Diverse Duets (violin, viola and guitar). The Miami Herald described her playing as “expert and sensitive”. Most recently, Ms. Guerra can be seen in the second and third editions of the Virtual Guitar Orchestra, which can be found on YouTube. She is currently working on a solo program of 21st Century Classical Guitar, as well as a Diverse Duet concert, in the hopes that the fall will bring a return to live performance.

For those interested, there was a decade-long segue into the world of science, as Tarra gained a Masters in chemistry from the University of Auckland, worked in New Jersey as a research chemist, did some extensive teaching of math, chemistry and physics at levels from middle school through college, spent some years helping to manage an artists’ paint business. This were the three serious careers which she left to focus completely on music, which she finally realized was the only life work for her! Now Tarra brings an extensive folk, pop, country and rock background gained through her years in New Zealand playing in the folk scene, and her time in New York City pursuing rock stardom and songwriting. She plays in several styles on both guitar and violin, also teaching fiddle, Celtic, country, jazz and rock styles, and has performed this music in multiple venues from NYC to Seattle, Nashville and south Florida.

Tarra has completed extensive Suzuki training through the SAA, as seen here, as well as a great deal of teacher training from various other disciplines. Her newest skill, gained only because she loves her students so much, is video editing for recitals during the COVID quarantine. Links to several videos from her own studio are available on request: The Suzuki Jamboree (bluegrass), Virtual Violin and Classical Guitar Concerts. and the Origins Show.

Tarra Guerra can be found on Facebook under her name, the site Guerra Music, and the soon-to-be-active site, Suzuki Strings South Florida. You can also go to the frighteningly outdated website, www.suzukistringsouthflorida.com for testimonials and pictures.