Language(s) Spoken: English
BM • UC Davis
Tasha Ayame Vest received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from UC Davis. While at the university she studied violin with Michael Sand. She then trained and was certified in the Kodaly method of music education, a comprehensive European approach which meets the National Standards for Arts Education. Integrated into each of her music lessons are simple tasks and exercises that develop all skill areas in music, including music reading and writing, part-hearing and playing, technique and intonation, phrasing and understanding of form, memorization, improvisation and basic composition.
Mrs. Vest taught private violin lessons for several years at The Conservatory of Performing Arts and for the non-profit Everybody Deserves Music at Los Angeles Leadership Academy. Previously, she taught piano to vision-impaired adults for LA Braille Institute and group sight-singing lessons for young children and music theory for Fixion, a church-based non-profit organization. She also performs locally and leads music workshops on a regular basis.
As part of outreach programs at elementary schools and assisted-living centers, she has taught handbells, a set of tuned bells that are played together by a group to create music. Since her youth, she was involved in church music and received formal training in traditional American handbell techniques from Boude Moore, composer and music director of Prince of Peace Episcopalian Church. She received further training in handbell technique in Nagoya, Japan as part of her work as a featured artist for the Japanese handbell manufacturer Uchida Handbells, for whom she was an exhibitor artist at NAMM in both 2015 and 2016.