Natalie Hall

Cello Faculty (Suzuki & Traditional)
Program Area: 
Suzuki Education
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

MLIS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MM, Roosevelt University; BM, Lawrence University; BA, Lawrence University

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Dr. Tanya Carey, Janet Anthony, Jana Thompkins

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Cello lessons and learning to play an instrument well should be both fun and challenging. It is my goal that the skills I teach in lessons (focus, discipline, perseverence, problem-solving, critical thinking, attention to detail, etc.) apply to more than just good cello playing and can help students be successful in many areas outside of music. I teach all ages and levels using both Suzuki and traditional teaching methods to meet the needs of each individual student.

Awards and achievements: 

Suzuki apprenticeship with Dr. Tanya Carey; Additional Suzuki training with Gilda Barston, Carey Beth Hockett, Catherine Walker, Alice Vierra, Joanne Melvin, and Pat D'Ercole. Freeman Foundation Grant to study pedagogy in South Korea and Japan.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Suzuki Association of the Americas; Music Library Association

Interests outside of music: 

I recently completed a Master of Library and Information Science degree and plan to blend my musical and academic interests as a music librarian with plenty of teaching and performing. When I'm not teaching, practicing, studying, or performing, I'm usually digging around in the dirt at my community garden plot, playing fetch with my cat, Delilah, or making things out of fiber by spinning, knitting, weaving, and sewing.

Favorite practice tip: 

The hardest part of practicing is getting started. On your busiest days, instead of not practicing, just choose one thing to improve and spend 5-10 minutes working on it. Even if that's all the time you have, a little practicing is a lot better than no practicing.