Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I give children and adults a life long skill that will help them be both more creative and logical. Here are a few quotes from students:
"as a child I suffered through the drudgery of piano lessons. I was left with the impression that playing piano was just playing notes. Now as a retired school teacher, Natalie teaches me how to bring out the musicality in these notes. Natalie is an extraordinary piano teacher with a gifted ear and an amazing understanding of different musical styles. Most importantly, she has the ability to communicate how to create musicality from the notes. Taking piano lesson with Natalie, is the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time."
"What sets Natalie apart from other teachers is that she still performs in public as an accomplished artist. This is one of the many ways she earns respect from her students who appreciate her love for the piano. She is nurturing yet pushes her students to their fullest potential, always challenging me with pieces I thought I could not play. She loves what she does and I love going to my lessons, always feeling motivated and uplifted afterwards."
"Unlike many other fabulous pianists and fabulously gifted piano teachers I have known, Natalie was kind, patient, and always supportive of me as a musician. Even when I was frustrated with my playing, I always looked forward to my weekly lesson, where we hammered out whatever technical problems I had. I cannot recommend Natalie highly enough."
- Jeffrey Kessler, graduate of Yale University
"As a novice adult student, Natalie is the perfect combination of foundational theory and musical dynamics in a teacher, for me". - William Schilling
"Natalie is a wonderful, enthusiastic, well-organized teacher who has a profound sense of the music and how best to teach it. She applies an intelligent, analytical approach to resolving problems. Furthermore, she practices what she preaches, and is an expert musician who is a pleasure to hear."
- Janet Newburg
"Natalie was a wonderful teacher. She always had an amazing amount of energy and enthusiasm for every lesson. I learned a lot from her, not only from her teaching, but also from her positive attitude. I love music and I know that a good deal of that love was inspired by her musicality and by her teaching."
-Natalie Draper, music graduate of Carleton University
"Natalie is a great piano teacher- - she’s very patient and makes learning FUN!!!"
- Emma M. Kurdian
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. I am happily working with several referrals from Thumbtack. Everyone has improved their playing tremendously! In just a short time the adults with no experience can now read music and enjoy playing! Of course the students that are intermediate or advanced are moving to an even higher level of performance. It is a treat for me to be working with them!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for someone who is professionally certified. I am that person. I have a graduate degree in piano and have kept up my education. I perform regularly and have my students perform in many recitals.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Does the teacher has a degree in music/piano? How many years have they been teaching? what levels?
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What is your background in music? What type of music do you teach? what age and level?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. It is important to match personalities between the student and teacher. I try to be very flexible in my approach with each student. Sometimes I will get a phone call or email asking what method I use for teaching. I try very hard to individualize each student and choose method books accordingly. I never use just one method. Supplementing these books with classical, favorites, jazz, etc. makes the lessons much more enjoyable and fun!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Musical Reviews:
"Perfect technique…exact spirit of the composers"
– Societe D’Arts, Bruxelles, Belgium
"...Greatly enjoyed the precision of the playing and the wide variety of nuance...sensitivity was never absent"
-L'Echo Musical, Belgium
"…executed perfectly the phrasing and dynamics…clear, sparkling runs…lovely interpretation…"
- Washington Post, Washington, DC
"The Joseph & Ross team performed with perfect synchronization"..."with closed eyes, no listener could detect where one stopped and the other started"
-Herald, Hagerstown, MD
"Joseph & Ross bring to the concert stage a freshness and relief from the mundane"
-Musicians Club of America, Miami, FL
What a pleasure and learning experience to work with Natalie Ross for 28 years--as a duo partner--she is not only a great musician, but a wonderful person and friend
- Ann Joseph, concert pianist and music teacher
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. If students want to be in evaluated recitals, I am happy to work with them so that they are well prepared. I have had many students receive 1st place ribbons or superior +++ ratings!