Natalia has performed as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Western Europe in numerous festivals and concerts. She was awarded the Isabella Mebane Piano Performance Scholarship while pursuing her BA in piano performance. She received a Masters of Arts in Teaching Music degree from USC.
Ms. Hudson has over 20 years of experience as a piano performer and music instructor to all ages. In her teaching she believes in teaching proper piano technique and musicianship at an early age. She is a member of the Music Teacher's National Association and participates in Certificate of Merit.
Natalia has studied with some of the great classical artists of our time in Europe and the US with the hope of passing this knowledge and life long love of music to future generations. In fact, the lineage of her teachers can be traced all the way back to Beethoven. Her students have the opportunity to perform in at least two student recitals per year and participate in Certificate of Merit exams if they choose.
Children are innately musical and have an inborn ability to sing and move rhythmically. A great educator fosters and nurtures that ability. Music makes a significant difference in our lives because it communicates meaning through expression of one's self, fostering the ability to think with acuity, to create with imagination, and to feel with compassion. In my teaching, I strive to build a loving, supportive, and enthusiastic learning environment while maintaining high expectations and setting attainable goals in which students will succeed. I believe in teaching mastery of skills, reinforcing proper technique and musicianship from the very first piano lesson. Very thorough in my approach, I provide an individualized, yet comprehensive approach for each student, including instruction in music theory and history, technique, sight-reading, ear training, composition, and performance.
The educational psychologists and educators of the past century emphasized that there is not a "one size fits all" mold for teaching and learning. Therefore, my teaching is exceptionally student-led in that my approach, strategies, and selection of repertoire are dictated by each individual student's needs and learning styles. In individual lessons and within small groups, I tailor the content according to each student's needs, prior learning experiences and ways of thinking.
Educator and violinist, Shinichi Suzuki advocated "a total human education" and emphasized that a student's character must be developed first and foremost. To that endeavor, I am completely dedicated. Music not only teaches self-discipline, perseverance when faced with challenges, and habituates effective learning patterns, but it can also create a great awareness of oneself and a connection with others. Because music embodies our feelings and emotions, students experience empathy, compassion, value and awareness of things greater than themselves, and as a result achieve a higher level of thinking. It is from this basis of thinking, I believe a musician can and will bloom into something greater than that which can be expressed through words.
Natalia is an exceptional pianist and a great music teacher that I have ever met. Aside from being a gifted concert pianist, her wast knowledge of teaching sets her apart from any other music teacher. She has the ability to develop you into a great pianist no matter what level or age are you at, and finally, her pleasant and encouraging attitude is every student's favorite. Every single student loves Natalia and they can't wait to meet her every week. I highly recommend her class to anyone who wants to become a great performer and a solid musician.
We are so glad that we found to Miss Natalia Hudson as our daughter's piano teacher. She is so patient and loving teacher she gives extra miles with her students our daughter is 5 years old they are friends because she knows how to interact/ teach to small kids. Our daughter is learning so much she loves when they have show time, play duet and doesn't want to miss the class we hope Natalia can continue teaching her because she has talent to teach small kids. We highly recommend her to any student or any institution as a teacher.
USC, Master of Arts in Teaching Music; CA Teaching Credential
Conservatory, Madrid, Spain, Artist Piano Performance Studies
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, BA in Piano Performance
Music for Young Children (MYC) Certification
Lynn Kleiner's Simply Music Rhapsody training