Natalie Frakes
Dearborn, MI
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Natalie Frakes

Natalie F.

Dearborn, MI
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher of 6 years, specializing in strings! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Natalie F.

Violinist Natalie Frakes is an experienced performer and educator and believes deeply in using music as a vehicle for social change. Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University in Detroit. In addition to performing, she continues to be an active advocate for musical education in underserved areas.

Natalie is a versatile violinist who enjoys playing an eclectic mix of genres and styles. She has performed with Detroit's most talented musicians and current artists (Josh Groban, 2Cellos, Michael Bublé, Kygo, Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling, Disturbed, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sarah McLachlan, Michael Bolton, Aretha Franklin Orchestra, Jonsi and Alex) at major venues including DTE Energy Theater, The Palace, Little Caesar's Arena, the Masonic Temple, the Fox Theater, Van Andel Arena, and more.

A passionate educator, Natalie has served as a teaching artist and conductor in a number of programs. She was Director of Orchestras for Oxford Community Schools and other experiences include positions with numerous community arts programs including Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles and MSU Community Music School-Detroit. She has been a teaching artist with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's El-Sistema-inspired OrchKids, Costa Rica's Sistema de Nacional Educácion Musical. Natalie currently works with Accent Pontiac, the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, the Sphinx Overture program, and teaches music production and choir at Detroit Health + Technology High School.

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Zachariah
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Natalie F was my orchestra director when I attended Oxford High school. Her direction has inspired me to become the best musician I can be as I attend undergraduate school for double bass performance. Natalie is amazing at setting up the experiences to know what it is like to be a musician. Also, she typically is very knowledgeable about current going on’s in the orchestral world. She has on multiple occasions given me or recommended me for professional gigs. I’ve known her long enough now to have seen her growth as a music educator and can tell you that she has a bright future in this regard.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Heather
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Very detailed oriented. Excellent rapport with students and well connected in the professional and semi-professional music community giving students additional performing opportunities.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Lindsey
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Natalie has been so helpful with our transition into online lessons. So grateful for all of her wonderful insight and vast knowledge of the instrument. Her lessons have been so fun and enjoyable!

Posted Apr 22, 2020
Erik
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Our daughter is 9 years old and studies violin with Ms Frakes. She communicates wonderfully, and focuses on technique, tone and the rudiments of performance. She teaches both Suzuki and traditional fluently. We highly recommend her and are very pleased with our daughter’s progress.

Posted Apr 22, 2020

Education

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2009 - Dec 2014

Wayne State University

Certifications

Standard Teaching Certificate
Dec 2014

Michigan Department of Education

PK-12 Music Education

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