Natural Foundations in Music is the creation of Lindsey and Jeff Hamilton and is the culmination of years of research, first-hand experience, professional study, and observation in the field of music and music education. Having an ardent desire to preserve, promote, and advance classical music in young children, Jeff and Lindsey were compelled to develop an unprecedented music curriculum that would do just that. In addition to creating an opportunity for exposure and basic understanding of classical music and composers, Jeff and Lindsey are critically focused on ensuring children build the fundamental skills and knowledge to truly appreciate and enjoy quality music at an early age.
Lindsey is an experienced musician, singer, and credentialed elementary school teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming with an emphasis in Creative Arts. Having taught both public and private school for many years, she is licensed and qualified to teach in both the state of Wyoming and Texas and has also completed extensive training in early childhood music through the Come Children, Sing! Institute, and Music Together. Lindsey is certified with and an active member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA).
In addition to teaching early childhood music, Lindsey’s professional experiences include teaching 1st, 5th, 6th grades, K-6 music, assistant principal, serving as Director of Early Childhood Music for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, and teaching for the Fort Worth Suzuki School. She has taught in the public, private, and home school environments.
When she is not teaching NFM classes or improving the curriculum, she homeschools her two sons, who are both Suzuki strings students, while learning to play the cello and pursuing her love of vocal music and musical theater.
Jeff became acquainted with music at a very young age. He grew up listening to classical music and became fascinated with classical composers, symphonic instruments, and the complexity and beauty of the classical music. Jeff was naturally attracted to the piano at age 3 where he spent hours experimenting, playing music that he heard, and becoming familiar with the instrument and playing techniques. At age 4, Jeff began taking piano lessons from a local piano teacher. Jeff studied piano and performed in solo and group events from his early elementary years through college. He continues to perform regularly and is currently preparing to teach both the piano and violin using the Suzuki method. In addition to Jeff’s private and professional study in music, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Rady School of Business at the University of California San Diego. When not practicing, writing, or arranging music, Jeff enjoys art, cooking, and working with his hands.