Natalie is a piano, choral singing and speech & drama teacher based in Northfield SA, with over twenty years of teaching experience. Natalie’s musical journey commenced with the piano at a very young age. She went on to complete the grade examinations in Music both practical and theory through ABRSM and Trinity College London (TCL) and worked through the Performers Certificate in Music and ATCL thereafter. She also studied Speech & Drama through Trinity College London (TCL). Apart from her studies of the arts, Natalie is also a qualified Charted Secretary through the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators London and holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Coming from a family of musicians, Natalie has grown up being exposed to a variety of musical genres and choral groups which have enhanced her ability to experience, appreciate and teach to the best of her ability. At the age of fifteen Natalie went on to be the church organist and taught music full time in an International School prior to joining a financial institution. She still continued with her teaching in activity schools, part time, and conducted lessons for students privately, back in her home country, Sri Lanka. Natalie has trained school choirs for annual competitions and christmas programmes and has been part of choral groups herself. She has also performed in speech and drama competitions and has participated in many onstage performances. Her move to Australia has given her the opportunity to pursue her desire to teach and bring music into the hearts of all age groups, and for this she is truly grateful to God. She is a volunteer organist at Good Shepherd Church in Clearview.
What Natalie loves most about her teaching is the fact that she is passionate about what she does. It is this passion that drives her to be a better teacher each day. Natalie has the gift of playing by ear which is an advantage and something she absolutely enjoys. She is capable of spontaneously entertaining any age group with music and song on any occasion. Natalie strives to nurture such abilities in her students and encourages them to discover, create and embrace music and the arts in all its forms.
The reward she receives as a teacher is witnessing her students achieve learning milestones, watching them perform and rejoicing with them when they achieve examination success. Many of her students who have taken on the AMEB and TCL examinations in practical and theory have received excellent results. She is an accompanist for AMEB examinations.
Natalie conducts lessons for students aged 4 and above and teaches for leisure and examinations. The preschool programme is for small groups of children aged 4-5 years. Individual piano lessons are conducted from ages 6/7 onwards. The children’s choir and Speech & Drama lessons are open to children between the ages of 6 – 14 years.
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