"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
Tara McConnell brings with her over 25 years of clinical experience and a passion for the field of music therapy. She has seen firsthand how music experience creates connection between people of different abilities and different backgrounds while creating change and transformation. Working with people with autism, mental health issues, cancer and physical impairments, developmental disabilities, and neurological disorders has given her a unique insight in the human experience and the beauty of all. She is committed to advancing music therapy into new settings, providing music therapists with a supportive and diverse professional career, and mentoring new graduates and business owners.
A graduate of University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA, Tara is a Sacramento native and fourth generation Californian. A lifelong musician, she began playing piano at age 8 and played electric bass and string bass in jazz bands from 7th grade through college. As an adult she found her love of songwriting, playing guitar and encouraging others to find their voice. She currently serves as the Executive Director and CEO of MMTS, Inc. while supporting the Sutter Health team as the Sophie's Place Coordinator.
Tara actively supports music therapy professional advocacy as past-chair of the CA Music Therapy Task Force - advocating for state recognition for the MT-BC credential 2010-2018. She received the "Changemaker" national recognition award from the American Music Therapy Association in 2015 and has served on the Certification Board for Music Therapists Examination Committee. Tara lives in Auburn, CA with her husband, two teenagers and their goldendoodle Rufus.