Tara Gaertner is a neuroscientist, music educator, writer and speaker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas, Houston. She has taught piano, flute, and music theory since for over twenty years and currently teaches the Music for Young Children program as well as private piano and flute lessons. She has taught neuroscience at the University of British Columbia for over ten years, and is an Adjunct Professor in the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
With her background in neuroscience research and her experience as a music teacher, Tara is passionate about understanding how our brains process and learn music. Currently writing a book entitled Training the Musical Brain, she maintains a blog of the same name where she discusses recent research in music psychology, motor learning, the neuroscience of motivation, and other topics related to the neuroscience of music pedagogy.