Make Music with Me is designed to promote basic music skills through music and movement. Activities include singing, playing instruments, finger plays and body movement to music of different meters, tonalities, and styles. Our class will encourage the child to develop basic skills like singing in tune and keeping a beat at their own pace. There is no set stage for the development of music skill so this is a non-performance opportunity for musical exploration. This type of class includes a mom or dad or another loved one participating in the fun!
Natalie is the Choral Director at Willowcreek Middle School in Portage, where she teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choir. Mrs. Franks holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University (2001) with dual majors in K-12 Choral Music Education and K-12 General Music Education, and dual minors in Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. She has served as the Circle the State with Song Children’s Choral Festival Coordinator for the Indiana Music Education Association since 2008. Her choirs have competed in the ISSMA Organization contest, earning Gold Awards. Her students have been accepted and have performed in the Circle the State with Song Festival Choir, Southlake Children’s Choir, Indiana All State Elementary and Middle School Choirs, and Carnegie Hall (NYC) Performing Arts Series National Middle School Honor Choir. Natalie also teaches private voice, piano, oboe and guitar to 20+ students.
In the Northwest Indiana theatre community, Natalie is involved in numerous community theatre groups. She has been working in youth theatre in Northwest Indiana for 15 years and has assisted with or created youth theatre programs with East Chicago Carnegie Foundation, Dunes Summer Theatre, Genesis Guild, Portage Community Theatre, Portage Parks Department, Portage Township Schools, and of course, Memorial Opera House. Natalie will be Music and vocal directing for Alice in Wonderland, and teaching the Make Music with Me class. The Opera House welcomes her back!