Mrs. Garrett received her Master’s of Music Education from Southern Methodist University after completing her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Hardin-Simmons University. After teaching choral music in the Texas public school system for eight years, she currently teaches privately in Burleson ISD and maintains an active voice studio from her home in Forth Worth.
As a classically trained soprano, musical theatre performer, music educator, and former 3-year member of the Texas All-State Choir, Tamara particularly enjoys helping students prepare for solo, choral, and musical theatre auditions of all kinds. She is well acquainted with the stage and the rigorous expectations set on young singers in their musical pursuits.
Under her coaching, students have gained admission to music programs and universities across the country, TMEA Region and All-State Choirs, and have won honors, including Most Outstanding Performer, at UIL State Solo & Ensemble. She is an active member of the Texas Music Educator’s Association and maintains teaching certification in K-12 Choral Music.
Mrs. Jennifer Stark will be subbing for me at Central Junior High School.
Mrs. Stark is a 24-year veteran music educator, with a special interest in the changing voice, both male and female. She holds a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education from the University of North Texas, and a Master's of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy (Voice Teaching) from Texas Woman's University. For the last 20 years, she has maintained a home studio, and has also taught private lessons in HEB and GCSD middle/junior high schools. Her background includes both choral and solo literature, and she is experienced with All-Region/All-State audition prep, solo and ensemble contests, and recitals. Her teaching philosophy is to start where the singer is, and help them grow in skills and confidence through voice building exercises, and vocal literature. She is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Mrs. Porter's students, if even for a short while, and provide them the continuity of instruction to help them make the most of their music experience at Central.