Director and owner of Music Academy of the Rockies, Tamara Maddaford began her musical journey at age eight taking flute and piano lessons. She went on to receive her BM from San Jose State University and her MM from the University of Iowa both in Flute Performance.
While in undergraduate school, Tamara was introduced to the world of early childhood music and fell in love with teaching young children. She had taught on and off for years before her first child was born and she fell in love with teaching young children all over again. After teaching in Denver for three years, she decided to open her own center right where she lives, here in Castle Rock, opening Music Together of Castle Rock. Over the years, we expanded locations into Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch.
Her vision for music was always one that reached beyond early childhood music and she has found a way to expand that vision with the Music Academy of the Rockies. Focusing on group lessons for students of all ages, Tamara is excited to bring on talented teachers to teach group voice and guitar lessons for older students in addition to her Music Together offerings and her own private flute teaching.
Mrs. Maddaford is also principal flute of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra and has a private flute studio where students participate recitals, in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, become members of youth orchestras and are leaders in their schools. Her students have won the Colorado Flute Association’s Student Honors Competition, been selected for the All-State Bands and Orchestras, and have gone on to major in music performance and education. She performed and toured with Areon Flutes and their recordings can be found on iTunes and Amazon Music.
I was raised in Northwest Ohio. As a kid I was always drawn to music and singing, which delighted my musician father! He always encouraged me in music, but that it was never something to make a career out of. I would want to have a stable career but could always fun with music; little did he know I would find a way to magically do both!
I attended Eastern Michigan University majoring in Social Work. While in school my husband and I started dating and he had this crazy plan to move to Florida. We moved to Key West Florida in 2010 and got married the next year. I went to work as a nanny and in retail part time. In 2011 I saw an ad in the paper for an infant and toddlers music program that was looking for a teacher. I was so intrigued, but don't have a lot of formal music education so didn't know if it would be the right fit. The next week I went to a class as a visitor and I WAS HOOKED! I did my teacher training that summer and started teaching my first class in September 2011. I finished my bachelors degree online in 2012. I really didn't want to go into a career that would leave little time to teach Music Together, so I decided to continue working as a nanny and teaching.
I have loved every minute of teaching Music Together. I love the sense of community that is created within our classes. Of course I love getting to know all the sweet kiddos that walk through the door, but also getting to know the parents is important to me.
Life has changed directions a little bit and we decided to move from Florida and start planting our roots elsewhere. Colorado had always come up on our radar as we are outdoorsy people and LOVE the mountains. My husband wanted to work in a parks department and I wanted to continue to teach Music Together, so when both of those became valid options we decided to make the move. So now we are loving life as new Coloradans!
I am passionate about teaching music and believe everyone can learn to sing and experience the joy of music! I think Music Together is the best early childhood music program out there founded upon the latest research of music and brain development. The song collections are culturally diverse, well written and recorded for children AND adults. I really love getting to know all of my musical families and inspiring children and adults to explore their voices and become creative, musical beings each in their own unique ways. Making music with my students has become one of the joys of my life!
In addition to being a certified Music Together teacher I have experience as a youth musical theater director and currently run my own voice and guitar lesson studio in Castle Rock with my husband Greg. I have studied and played multiple genres of music from classical to pop/musical theater/folk/jazz/rock all of my life. Greg is my guitar/mandolin player (also a music teacher) and we have written, recorded, performed and toured together for many years. I also dabble in playing the flute, piano, various other percussion instruments and ukulele.
Greg and I have three kids who all play instruments, sing, dance or perform in theatre or bands. My two youngest daughters took Music Together classes for years in Castle Rock with Ms Tamara!
When I’m not making music I like to go see live music, plays and art, spend time with my family and garden with my chickens and bunnies.
Come make music with me! ☮️❤️🎶
Greg has been a performing songwriter specializing in acoustic and electric guitar for over 35 years. He has recorded multiple albums and traveled the country with his wife Charlene on vocals performing their original music. Greg and Charlene currently offer private guitar and singing lessons at home music studio in Castle Rock.
Greg is taking his passion for teaching, songwriting and music and offering affordable group lessons for aspiring guitarists. He breaks down the guitar basics into practical information for writing, performing, and practicing songs on acoustic guitar. He specializes in many popular music styles including Blues, Rock, Pop, Alternative, and Folk. Greg brings a fun and enthusiastic approach to teaching beginners and helping lifelong guitarists open up to new ideas, techniques, and approaches to playing. He encourages confidence and patience while being open to the individual student musical tastes, abilities, and unique challenges.