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About Tamara

I teach piano in my home studio in Derwood, Maryland and love working with all ages and levels.  My favorite thing about teaching is finding that one piece a student can’t get enough of and watching them bring their music to life in a way that reflects their own creative power.  To me, that’s what it is all about….falling in love with the music and playing it from your heart.

I’ve been lucky enough to study with great piano teachers for over 12 years, including Molly Stier, Rachel Franklin, and Doris Mattingly. They continue to inspire me and cultivate my growth as a pianist and quest to be an eternal student. In raising my three children, I’ve come to experience how differently each of us learns and chooses to express ourselves. This has greatly added to my toolbox as a piano teacher. I strive to remain curious about what motivates each student and how to guide their natural artistry at the piano.

When I’m not teaching and practicing piano, you will find me on my yoga mat as well as hiking, biking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

"To me, that’s what it’s all about … falling in love with the music and playing it from your heart."

About the Studio

Engel Music Studio, led by Maryland piano teacher Tamara Engel, is a place where students of all ages and experience come together to learn the art of playing the piano as well as to enjoy making music a lifelong endeavor. 

Engel Music Studio is located in between Olney and Rockville, Maryland in a nurturing and artistic space.  If you would like to see what our studio is all about, please contact Tamara.

Students gain the technical foundation of playing the piano by studying scales, chords, and arpeggios as well as learning correct posture and body alignment to cultivate beautiful technique and relaxed playing.

A variety of music styles including classical, jazz, blues and contemporary are introduced to students along with seasonally inspired music that is chosen by both the student and teacher.

Students enjoy playing musical games and developing their own compositions as well as playing duets.  The real magic happens when students share their work with friends and families in performance classes and recitals throughout the year.