Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, at the age of 9, Natalie knew music was something that was just a part of who she was. Writing songs on the piano before lessons could be scheduled, Natalie found herself immersed in a medium that would bring her joy for the rest of her life.
By age 14 Natalie had won several trophies competing in Classical piano with the Illinois Music Association.
As an adult, she would go on to fill her life with the world of music as a singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist.
Graduating from Elmhurst College (1997) with a Bachelor's in Music, Natalie received high accolades earning a membership in the Lambda Sigma Psi Music Honor Society.
During her college years, Natalie created and owned a local music publication called, "The Local Buzz". At this moment she had discovered her desire to teach. "I just wanted everyone I knew in music to know and use what I was learning, or had learned from the music classes, professionals I had been meeting and working with, and my overall music life experiences". By 1997, Natalie was signed to an independent label and embarked on a new adventure.
"Music is an adventure, but without the foundation and passion I had as a child, I would have never landed where I did. I truly LOVE to teach and share what I know about piano, and the world of music. Music is what I know, and know best. Helping to create a solid foundation and build confidence in someone embarking on a journey in music is the most rewarding profession I have ever had the honor of participating in."
*** Lesson Details ***
Natalie enjoys teaching students of any age, but specializes in piano, voice and beginning guitar, tailoring lessons to each individual's goals and reasons for learning whether it be for personal pleasure or professional performance.
Keeping things lighthearted and fun, Natalie breathes confidence into each student using her sense of humor, and down-to-earth personality.
Feeding off 40 years of personal and professional experiences, Natalie patiently listens to the student's desires, needs and notates their learning patterns, allowing for growth at their own pace.
Natalie's goal is to Make Music Matter to you and create a foundation that will allow you to continue to find joy in making music for the rest of your life.
***Lesson Prices*** include clear customized lesson plan, all lesson books, workbooks, sheet music, play along time, learning games, in home concert planning, and recitals.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated in-home studio space with a Spinet piano, keyboards, guitars, bluetooth powered speakers, karaoke equipment, microphones and comfortable seating.
*** Specialties ***
Piano - Classical and Contemporary Styles and Methods
Piano and Vocal Performance Preparation
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Bachelors in Music, Major in Music Business from Elmhurst College
She is AWESOME! 2 thumbs up
She is so amazing!! I really loved my class today, I'm looking forward for my next lesson.
I was nervous, at first to start my singing lessons, but Natalie quickly made me feel comfortable. She listened to my needs and is designing a program based on what I wish to learn. She is really knowledgeable and fun to be around. I am really enjoying my lessons! Being able to sing with the microphone and her great sound system has been so much fun. This has been a great experience, so far!Show More
Just finished a theory session ....was awesome!
Great first lesson! Natalie will put you at ease right off the bat. Already looking forward to the next lesson.
When I signed up for this class, I didn't expect to gain everything that I did. The first lesson I was so nervous and just felt silly trying to sing notes to someone online that I had just met. I signed up for personal pleasure and confidence building, and it took a little bit for me to come out of my shell, but the difference that she has made in my life was way beyond what I signed up for. Everyone could see the difference in me! Previously, I would not get up to do karaoke unless someone dragged me up to do it, and even then I felt like I was going to have a panic attack. Now, I'm picking out songs to try in all kinds of genres, my voice has improved, and the confidence to get up and sing in front of others is soooo much better. Natalie became more than my teacher, she became my friend! She is hilarious, fun, very patient, and empathetic. She will take the time to help you with whatever you want to work on, whether it is music or in my case helping me write a letter to my Dad who had just passed for his memorial. So, If you are looking for someone that can teach you to grow in your craft or help you gain confidence and make it fun, Natalie is the best person for the job!Show More
Great as always
Natalie is the best. She taught me quickly several things to get on track for a concert and she is fun, too. A rare combination.
Very Happy, getting exactly what I need.
During my first and only lesson so far, I found Natalie to be very personable, funny and focused on my personal vocal range and my areas of difficulty, exactly as I hoped she would be. I'm sure I will learn more about her as I take more lessons with her.Show More
Good first lesson ... need to practice.
She is engaging
Great first lesson. Very personable and understanding of where I would like to go with my singing.
Looking forward to my next lessons.
I think we both enjoy each class, but, I'm learning a lot and like the experiences..
Great instructor, demanding. Don't sing during demonstration.
She is fun & patient.
Great first lesson. Gave me a lot to look forward to.
Ms Natalie is very patient and very skilled at her profession
Very professional very nice
Great personality, works well with young children.
Very fun and encouraging!! Looking forward to my next lesson.
Very knowledgeable,easy to follow and understand
Natalie was excellent. I learned quite a bit in the limited time we had. Natalie was able to assess my needs and point me in the right direction to meet those goals. She is very encouraging and patient. I'm looking forward to our next lesson and those that follow!Show More
Natalie is a great teacher, I enjoyed my lesson. I feel as I have learned a lot in our first lesson.
Ashley is enjoying working with Natalie.
My daughter was very nervous before her first lesson and almost didn't want go up to the door. When I arrived to pick her up after the lesson, she was all smiles and was skipping out door because she had so much fun! Awesome teacher!
Natalie was very proficient and professional plus she was fun to work with. She gave me the confidence I needed. I would highly recommend her to teach you music and singing.
She sent pre-lesson material which she quickly used to launch the first lesson well. She was organized, friendly, and confident in how best to proceed with a music beginner at the age of 77.
I'm excited about my first results and really look forward to my next lesson !!
Natalie made my daughter's first lesson such an enjoyable experience. Can't wait for lesson #2!
I am an older student that has been predominantly self-taught, and wanted some assistance with my songwriting. What better teacher is there than one with than one that is signed, is proficient at music theory and teaches a number of instruments? Natalie has used a variety of resources to help move me forward.Show More
My son is very please about the first day with Nathalie, she is a good tutor
Instruction very helpful.
She's a pro!
Natalie is an amazing teacher! I really enjoy how well she works with my child and it seems like my child has a lot of fun with her. Natalie's flexibility with our schedule helps tremendously when it comes to scheduling and I couldn't ask for a better teacher!Show More
Natalie is fantastic, energetic and her love of music shows greatly. She gets to understand you and becomes your friend within minutes. I can not wait until my next lesson.
Natalie does a wonderful job teaching. She mixes the right level of encouragement, disciple, and fun. I have really enjoyed my lessons so far and signed up for some more!
Fun first lesson...Natalie's enthusiasm filtered right through the screen to me, and the energy provided my "get away" from the rigors of the day. She was organized and followed up to make sure all my homework was sent correct digitally. Looking forward to my next lessonShow More
She is very encouraging and easy to work with! Recommend!
I love taking lessons with Natalie. She's personable and very encouraging. She's helping me a lot with learning to accompany myself, which is something I've always wanted to learn. Highly recommended!
Natalie is a wonderful piano teacher as she started with my 8 year old daughter from scratch. It has been several months now and she loves playing and looks forward to her lesson each week. She has progressed quite nicely and we look forward to see what she accomplishes in the future with Natalie's help.
I was very impressed with the professionalism of Take Lessons! My daughter loved her teacher<3 I would recommend Take Lessons to any one of any age:)!
I love her energy and approach to teaching music, she makes learning fun again. Natalie is very detail oriented, which is what I need.. Looking forward to taking guitar and piano lessons with her.Thank You.
Great with Children
I am very pleased with Natalie as my daughters piano teacher. Natalie has an obvious love for music, and a knack for teaching it. Natalie always does a great job at relating the new material to my (Very busy) 5 year old. I am happy with how quickly she is learning, and that she looks forward to returning each week.
Natalie is doing a fine job. Our son is a bit resistant - and Natalie is firm but kind, and fun.
I am enjoying my daughter's piano lessons. She has learned the basics of the piano. I am very proud of her. Natalie is fun and patient. She is always in a upbeat mood.
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
Musical Performance skills and overcoming stage fright are a must. My comfortable in- home studio setting is a great place to start.
Making Music Matter, LLC
Owner, operator, instructor. Home studio
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Illinois Music Association
Illinois State Competitions
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