Natalie (Wickham) Weber is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and has enjoyed teaching students of all ages and levels in her independent piano studio since 1998. She is a member of Music Teachers National Association, has served on the board of the Kansas Music Teachers Association (KMTA), is Past-President of the South Central Kansas Music Teachers Association (SCKMTA) and the Wichita Metropolitan Music Teachers Association (WMMTA) and is currently serving as the Treasurer for SCKMTA.
She is founder of the popular MusicMattersBlog.com, a blog devoted to inspiring creativity in music education. Music Matters Blog currently receives over 100,000 visits a month and reaches music educators all over the world. She is recognized in the Wikipedia entry on Music Education Bloggers as one “of the greatest catalysts for getting others involved with blogging either as readers, participants, or bloggers themselves.”
As a homeschool graduate, Natalie is an advocate for creative approaches to education that integrate learning with real life. She completed advanced coursework at the International Academy of Music through a combination of short-term intensives and distance-learning. In 2002 she successfully completed Suzuki Book 1A and IB Teacher Training. Natalie is an advocate for reaching every child and equipping them to be leaders in their generation. She has given presentations to the local school board and at the State Capitol in conjunction with a character education program that she spearheaded in her district. She is co-founder and director of the youth mentoring program, Adventures in Character.
In addition to producing over a dozen music education resources, Natalie is the author of the books, Pajama School and Get Wisdom! a study in Proverbs, co-author of the book, Born to Deliver, and producer of the CD, Journey to Self-Publishing. Natalie is passionate about helping others achieve success in life and enjoys presenting educational workshops for a variety of organizations and individuals. She and her husband, Julian, founded Identified! Ministries and speak and write together, encouraging others to find their true identity in who God created them to be. They and their four children enjoy spending time together, playing games, reading books, taking walks, making music, and sipping on Oreo shakes – Julian’s specialty!