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Summer Jazz Piano Camps!

Under Tara’s direction, the jazz summer camp program at Westminster Conservatory has doubled in enrollment in the past two years and a new section has been added. These camps are only for piano students and provide a rigorous, exciting introduction to the world of improvisation, harmony, and the jazz trio setting.

For high school students:

Jazz Piano Camp
June 24-July 6 ~ Residential Camp
Daily private lessons, jazz theory, jazz history, playing by ear, daily workshops with the faculty bassist and drummer, special presentations, fun outings, and a final concert.

For middle school students:

Jazz Piano Day Camp
July 16-20 and July 30-August 3
Daily work in right hand, left hand, and hands together stations; jazz theory; learning about famous jazz pianists; daily workshops with the faculty bassist and drummer; special presentations; and a final concert.

Call Westminster at (609) 921-7104 for more information and to register!

Private Piano Lessons

Tara has taught piano to students of all ages and levels since 2001. Beginning in June, she will offer lessons in her home in Hopewell, NJ. For beginning students, she uses well-known method books to teach rudiments of sight-reading, hand position, and music theory. More advanced students learn jazz improvisation, written music in the jazz style, jazz lead sheets and chord symbols, playing by ear, and scales and finger exercises. Summer hours are available. Contact Tara for a detailed lesson policy and any inquiries.

Tara also teaches at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ. Limited summer hours are available. Next fall, she will have openings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To inquire, please call (609) 921-7104.

Jazz Piano Trio Workshops

One Sunday each month, Tara will lead unique, fun, and challenging workshops for jazz piano students. Together with a faculty bassist and drummer, students will improvise, perform jazz tunes, trade solos, and learn to function in a standard jazz piano trio setting.

Our rhythm section teachers include Joseph Falcey on drums and Jason Fraticelli on bass. Both are international performers and composers and have 10+ years of teaching experience privately and in schools.

Four students per workshop. Open to all ages.

Dates: April 29, May TBA
Time: 6:00 – 7:00

Location: Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington, NJ

Cost: $75 per workshop

Contact Tara for more information!

Improvisation Classes

Next fall, Tara will continue to teach jazz improvisation and harmony classes as part of Westminster’s Young Artist program for dedicated middle school and high school pianists. Classes take place on Saturdays and students must enroll at the Conservatory. Call to discuss options: (609) 921-7104.

Tara also recently substitute-taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade General Music classes at the Hun School in Princeton. She is available for this kind of work.

Social Worker

Tara Buzash is a jazz pianist, composer, and instructor in the Princeton, NJ area. She has been playing concerts and festivals, and performing at restaurants, parties, and events, since 1991. She is founder and Artistic Director of the annual Westminster faculty jazz concert, consisting of original music composed by members of the faculty. Last year, she played a solo piano mini-tour called “Creative Spirit” – a true jazz offering with original compositions, new arrangements of old songs, audience requests, medleys, and impromptu compositions – with her husband’s artwork on stage with her.

Tara has just released her second CD, “Places I’ve Gone, People I’ve Seen,” which includes new original jazz and arrangements of well-known songs, and showcases Tara’s piano talent in various settings. In February 2005, she released her first CD, “Tara Buzash,” solo piano with originals and arrangements of various styles of songs.

Tara is currently in her fourth year of teaching at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton. Her teaching duties include private jazz piano lessons and jazz improvisation classes for middle school students, high school students, and adults. She is Camp Director of Westminster’s summer Jazz Piano Camps for high school and middle school students.

She also maintains a private teaching studio in the Princeton area, and leads highly focused trio workshops for jazz piano students.

In addition to playing jazz piano, she has experience in various accompaniment settings. She has played for Broadway tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, for musical theater at the Hopewell Off-Broadstreet Theatre, and for ballet classes taught by the American Ballet Theatre’s retired principal ballerina, Susan Jaffe.

Tara spent two years performing and teaching jazz to Chinese students in the People’s Republic of China. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and conducted all of her teaching in this language.

Tara was a collegiate softball athlete and the editor of her college student newspaper. She now enjoys ballet classes and swimming.

Social Worker

“Tara and Steve Buzash are creative and serious artists in their respective fields. They are working on the forefront of the jazz and art media. Their joint exhibits and performances are exciting and enjoyable. They are a power couple whom we will hear a lot of in the future.” [Charles McVicker, President, Garden State Watercolor Society, Former Ass’t Prof. of Art, The College of New Jersey]

“…ingenious…” [Laurie Altman, Grammy-nominated composer and pianist]

“…brilliant jazz pianist/composer… plus she’s very cool.” [Mark Laycock, Conductor, Princeton Symphony Orchestra]

“As soon as I heard you play, I knew I had to get your CD.” [Jim Faridy, Chairman, Boheme Opera of New Jersey]

“Whether you like jazz or not, this is quality piano playing.” [R.A., Belle Mead Friends of Music]

“That was a very wonderful concert last night. Brava! Strong, free, flowing, spirited and impressively creative!” [B.W., Master Faculty, Westminster Conservatory of Music]

“I really enjoyed your compositions and can’t wait to hear more — you have a talent for writing catchy but unusual melodies that stick with the listener long after the piece is over.” [F.L., Trumpeter/Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Educator]

“What a great recital you gave and you were so natural and personable, which is great.” [S.S., jazz vocalist]

“My kids and I had a great time at your concert. You are excellent.” [M.B.]

“You are as good as any piano player I’ve ever heard… You play the ‘definitive’ Misty.” [R.L., recording engineer]

“It is I who should do the thanking. Your performance was uplifting, original, fresh, serious and fun.” [J.G., Princeton Music Club]

“Tara, you are the only person I know who could put a kitchen sink in the song and make it sound great!” [K.H., Music Director, Hopewell Off-Broadstreet Theatre]

“It was a treasure to meet you, Tara, and hear you play the piano. I went to the Elton John concert the night y’all arrived and that is one man that can make a piano sing. I heard the same thing in listening to you play. I understand you have a God-given talent, but I also understand that you are the one who has fallen in love with the piano, which is proven by the hard work that you do.” [G.S.]

“Your piano playing this evening … was simply gorgeous and ethereal. … Thank you so much for a magnificent concert! We hope to hear you again soon.” [M.A., President, Montgomery Center for the Arts]

“I’ve been to a lot of these places, and heard a lot of piano players, and you’re the best I’ve ever heard.” [H.P.]

“Tara, you were sensational!” [L.R.]

“You are a phenomenal pianist.” [D.D., Singer/Songwriter/Pianist]

“Thanks for making the evening a success.” [P.M., American Institute of Architects]

“Dear Steve and Tara, Thank you so much for the Buzash Art and Jazz Showcase weekend. It was truly a wonderful event. In fact people are still buzzing about what a great time they had those three days. ‘It was the best event EVER at Elm Court!’ is what I keep hearing. Thank you for all you did to make the weekend a success. The art, the jazz concerts, the food, the general atmosphere all contributed to one very special happening. I welcome you both back anytime. … It was truly a pleasure having you both here.
Most fondly,
Rhona W. Porter, Social Worker”

“You’re still my favorite piano player. I truly think that you have something unique about your playing.”
–C.S., jazz vocalist

About Us

233A Lambertville-Hopewell Rd.
Hopewell, NJ 08525

Tara: 609.722.2062

[email protected]

Steve: 609.496.2833

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