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Ms. Tara Sparks
Ms. Tara Sparks
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Tara L. Sparks is a music teacher at Tavelli Elementary School in the Poudre School District (PSD) in Fort Collins, Colorado where she teaches kindergarten through fifth grade music. Formerly she has taught music at Beattie Elementary, Irish Elementary and orchestra and band to students in grades four through eight at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Lexington, Kentucky.
She received her Bachelors in Music Education from Morehead State University and her Masters in Music Education with Kodaly Certification from Colorado State University. She has made presentations at Kodaly workshops in Denver, the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention (CMEA), and the Kodaly Master’s Program at Colorado State University.
She has written for the Kodaly Envoy International Journal, and has presented research at the National Conference of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). She has been a Talent Judge at the Larimer County’s 4-H Performing Arts Contest and a representative for Muramatsu Flutes. She was also the Chair for Music for the 31 Elementary Schools in Poudre School District.
Music has been her passion since she was in 4th grade when she discovered she could play instruments with very little effort. Soon she was playing flute and piccolo in the top bands in Kentucky. She started play ukulele bass in 2014 and joined the all girl string band, Lois and the Lantern, soon after. The band plays mostly original music with covers sprinkled in the mix. Check out their website.
Ms. Sparks brought her love of live music to Tavelli Elementary less than a decade ago. Through Bohemian Foundation and Little Kids Rock modern band instruments and curriculum were brought to the students of Tavelli allowing them to play drum set, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, and learn how to use microphones. Many students have written their own songs.
In the summers she gets to work for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest creating Kids' Music Adventure for our community.
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Tavelli Music Website before March 2020