Under the moniker A Higher Note LLC, Natalie Eastman has enthusiastically and clearly taught people to sing, and helped singers to sing better, for 24 years. Her client list includes two Miss America contestants and many gigging artists, as well as singers who offer their voices locally in choirs, bands, weddings, music theater and other extraordinary performances.
Dr. Eastman has performed in both leads and supporting roles, as well as in the choruses in community-theater musicals, summer-stock style musicals, and other stage performances at churches and in schools; wedding and special-events; dinner theater in D.C.; Broadway-style entertainment on the Spirit of Washington cruise ship; choral societies; The Washington Savoyards, a Gilbert & Sullivan society; community chorus; university choruses; a cappella groups; select choirs; church choirs; worship bands and acoustic worship teams; and early childhood music education (Kindermusik(TM), Musical Adventures, and Music Together(TM), including owning a Kindermusik(TM) studio for several years). Natalie has also performed as soloist for many weddings, receptions, and other events and been involved in all manner of meaningful, enjoyable – and fun – singing from early childhood throughout adulthood.
Natalie’s vocal studies include technique and performance under the late Earle and Norma Lowder (classical, spiritual, sacred, folk, and music theater in both choral and solo settings), Gary Bradberry (classical, spiritual), Karen Schmidt (classical), Morris Beachy (classical), Bonnie Bradley (classical), David Troupe (music theater, Broadway style), Margaret Riddleberger (Bel Canto+Mizzar) and the late Jeannie Deva (contemporary). She has also self-studied to completion the published materials from several pedagogues and methods, including Estelle Liebling’s classic “Vocal Courses,” Seth Riggs’s “Singing for the Stars,” Jeannie Deva’s Contemporary Vocalist Course, Per Bristow’s “Sing with Freedom” and “The Singing Zone,” and Brett Manning’s “Singing Success.”
Dr. Eastman also believes in and teaches a whole-person approach to singing. She is determined that, in addition to acquiring and applying good foundational vocal technique, all of her students study to understand their physical vocal and respiratory apparatuses, so they understand the “whys” and “hows” of powerful, expressive, healthy singing. Natalie believes musical creativity and expression to be one of the most soul-fulfilling activities a human can explore and enjoy. Thus, her desire and hope is for all people of all ages to sing – healthfully and joyfully – from their first moment of vocal production as a newborn to their final rest.