Tariq joined the WTAMU Department of Music in 1984. She received a B.S. in music education from Ball State University in 1979, an M. M. in percussion performance from Ohio State University in 1984, and a D.M.A. in percussion performance from the University of Arizona in 1994.
Tariq is director of percussion studies at WTAMU, which includes applied percussion, percussion ensemble, percussion literature and percussion pedagogy.
She has been an active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) at both the state and national level. She has served as performer, clinician and panel discussant at numerous PAS International Conventions.