Natalie Wagner is an award-winning jazz saxophonist, holding a Bachelor's Degree in K-12 Music Education, Secondary Education, and Jazz Performance from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She is now pursuing her Master's Degree in Jazz Studies with a focus on saxophone at the University of North Texas. Natalie is a trained jazz musician, but is also classically trained on other woodwind instruments as well. During her undergraduate studies, she took intensive lessons on the Bb clarinet, while also improving her skills as a flautist, and taking piano class. Natalie is capable of teaching beginning-advanced jazz saxophone, beginning-intermediate classical saxophone and clarinet, beginning flute, and beginning piano. Growing up in the Seattle area, Natalie has been surrounded by high level performance at all stages of her musical development. Her desire to teach began early on during her middle school years, inspired by her band director, and further inspired by her high school band director. She began teaching as early as the 10th grade by volunteering at summer camps to teach young students and gained more experience during college as a music education major, and was offered a job teaching a highschool piano lab and guitar lab until she left to pursue her graduate studies. Natalie has always loved teaching music and sharing her experiences as a musician with her students. She works to cultivate joy within the musical practice and to teach her students to always believe in themselves. She has a firm belief that every student can be as successful as they want to be with the right amount of passion and commitment. Every student deserves the chance to explore what music means to them, and Natalie loves being a part of that journey and seeing the light switch on when a student really starts to get excited about music and feels like they've found a place they belong in. Natalie is excited to meet students to help them achieve their musical goals.