Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Hammer Dulcimer, Violin, Lap Dulcimer, Strum Stick, Bowed Psaltery, Angel Wing Harp, Autoharp
Tammy Murray, Tammy Murray & Friends, Patchwork
40 years, Private lessons, Group lessons, 4 years through 97 years of age, Instrumental Workshops, Master Classes, Pre - K Elementary school teacher for 11 years
Old Time, Bluegrass, Contemporary, Childrens, Western Swing, American and British Sea Isles, Folk
Solo, Duo, Band, Concerts, Festivals, Theatre, Documentaries, Studio Recording, Commercials, Radio, Television
About Tammy Murray
My specialty is acoustic string instruments: Five-Stringed Banjo (Old-Time & Bluegrass),Fiddle/aka Violin (Old-Time & Various Folk Styles), Guitar (Flat-Pick, Finger-Pick & Classical), Mandolin, Ukulele, Lap Dulcimer/aka Mountain Dulcimer or Appalachian Dulcimer, Strum Stick, Hammered Dulcimer, Bowed Psaltery, Angel Wing Harp, and Autoharp. I teach all of them!
I'm a singer, composer, recording artist (on albums and jingles), and have won and judged for musical competitions.
I've taught at many music & dance camps, music festivals, museums, artists-in-the-schools programs, workshops (including The Augusta Heritage Center [Elkins, WV], The Florida Folk Festival, and many others throughout Florida), and was the Pre-K through 5th Grade Elementary Music teacher at a local private school for 11 years.
My musical knowledge has its roots from private music lessons (since the age of 8 1/2), attendance at the University of Florida, private research, and from a myriad of musical jam sessions, festivals, concerts, workshops, and master classes.
My life-long musical passion has been rewarded with the honor of being the First Place
recipient of numerous prestigious musical championships and awards, including: Two-Time National Champion Old-Time Banjo Picking (Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival, Murfreesboro, TN), 1st Place Contest Winner Old-Time Banjo (Mt. Airy, NC, The Florida Folk Festival [FFF], and The Pioneer Florida Old-Time Music Championships [PFOTMC], 1st Place Contest Winner for Senior, Twin, and Rustic Fiddle (FFF & PFOTMC), Hammered Dulcimer (PFOTMC), Old Time Singing - Female Solo (PFOTMC), and the 1987 and 1988 recipient of The Edward Lee Flemming, Jr. Award "For outstanding proficiency on musical instruments and exemplification of the old-time spirit in the state of Florida" (PFOTMC).
The greatest musical honor I've been gifted with, however, has been from my students:
it is their nickname for me, which is "Music Mom". Many of my alumni students have kept in touch with me over the years. Most of them continue to play the instruments they studied with me. A lot of them happily attend jam sessions with family and friends. Some have learned to play additional instruments, won musical contests, perform music (locally, statewide, and nationally), compose, record, or teach music, and a few have become luthiers. The funniest musical honor I have been given (from my musical peers) is the nickname: "Intergalactic Banjo Goddess"!
Thank you very much for getting to know me here. I wish you the very best lifetime filled with music, love and peace.
Sincerely and Tunefully Yours,
"With a true appreciation of the fragile gift of life, Tammy knows that it is never too late to learn or share the gift of music...she continues to actively encourage everyone she meets to enjoy themselves while, at the same time, giving others a gift as fine, free, temporal and strong as the wind itself. . .the gift of MUSIC."