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Natalie received a Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and Master's of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor's of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University. A longtime Central Texas resident and former TMEA All State Choir member, she enjoys teaching students from teens into adulthood, regardless of prior experience or career ambition.
Recognizing that most students enter the solo voice studio from first encountering singing in a choral setting, Natalie's doctoral research explored the overlapping pedagogies of both teachers of singing and choral conductors. The students she works with contribute to their school, community, and church choirs which in turn enrich their community and world. Choirs Natalie collaborate with have been honored by numerous invitations to perform at ACDA National, Southwest ACDA, and TMEA conventions.
With a deep commitment to ensuring students of all backgrounds can access voice lessons and also see themselves reflected in the literature they study and perform, Natalie has given her time and expertise to multiple initiatives, such as: fundraising for the TEXOMA NATS High School Vocal Fellowship program, helping to revise the UIL Prescribed Music List, contributing to resources for TMEA All State Choir audition preparation, and through her own website and social media presence: All State Singer.
Natalie also branches out from private studio teaching to act as an audition coach and clinician. She uses her decade of teaching experience working with students of all abilities, ages, and interests to tailor lessons to each student's learning style. Natalie enjoys using language and literary analysis to use emotion to fuel vocal production. Lessons with Natalie are active and energetic, employing physical movement, props, and even visual art to approach learning from every angle. In lessons, students can expect to learn the basics of breathing technique, vowel formation, and resonance. Additionally, students will explore ear training, sight reading, language and diction, physicality and presentation.