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Faculty Spotlight: Natalie Steenson

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

Get to know Mobile Music Lessons piano and ukulele faculty member Natalie Steenson! Learn more about her on our faculty page. Read more faculty spotlights on our blog.

Q: When did you begin playing the ukulele?

A: I started playing the ukulele about 7 years ago to support my early childhood music teaching. I find that the students really engage when I bring instruments to supplement the learning experiences. When I discovered how fun playing the ukulele is to play, I wanted to help others learn how to de-mystify the learning process. So I began teaching free ukulele classes through the Northside Library and have taught hundreds of adults, teens and tweens ukulele.

Q: What is your favorite piece or composer?

A: One of my favorite piano pieces is Clair de Lune by Debussy. I began learning this song in high school after hearing my mother play it. It is such an ethereal, moving and challenging piece. I had it performed at our wedding as a memorial to my mother who had passed away years before. I enjoy teaching this piece to my advanced piano students.

Q: Why is music important to you?

A: Music has been such an important part of my life. I began singing and playing piano duets with my mother when I was young. I had encouraging and creative teachers throughout my learning, and have sought to think “out of the box” with my own teaching philosophy. I believe that if students are given the tools, encouragement and individualized teaching helps bring their own musicality to the surface, I have helped them discover a part of themselves that they will carry with them throughout their lives.

Q: Why do you enjoy teaching for MML?

A: I enjoy teaching for MML because of the support of the staff and other teaching professionals.

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