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Meet the Cadek Instructors at The Bright School

Cadek offers private and small group lessons at Bright. Learn more about our instructors.
Welcome back to the 2020-21 school year! Cadek leadership and instructors are eager to welcome students back both at Cadek on the GPS campus and at The Bright School. Get to know our instructors who teach at Bright. 

We invite you to join us for a virtual meet and greet on Zoom. Please click the link below to join the upcoming session this Friday: 

We’ll introduce our instructors, review what to expect, and answer parent questions.

We offer full term (18 weeks) and A and B term options for students. More details, including our calendar, offerings, and complete COVID-19 policies, can be found on the homepage

The health and safety of the community is our main priority. We’re eager to work with parents and families to hold both in-person and virtual lessons. At this time, based on current safety recommendations, woodwinds, flute, and voice lessons will continue to occur virtually. String and piano lessons may happen in person.

Our Instructors at Bright

  • Natalie Eastman—Guitar, piano, ukulele, and voice
Cadek and Bright School
Natalie Eastman brings 25-plus years of experience providing private vocal, beginning piano, beginning guitar, and beginning electric bass instruction, along with several decades of performance experience. Eastman particularly emphasizes and enjoys intergenerational contexts when training and teaching. In her private and small group lessons, she focuses on individual empowerment and growth, yet also has a unique ability to work with both large and small groups and among diverse constituencies. In addition to teaching music, Natalie has a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree, is published in many online articles and one book on Bible interpretation, has three children, and occasionally cooks, practices yoga, and reads for pleasure. Voice lessons will be conducted virtually.

  • Alejandro Olson—Classical, Suzuki guitar (virtual only)
Alejandro Olson is a professional classical guitarist with a Master of Music degree from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. He competes in international guitar competitions in multiple countries as well as national competitions in the United States. He has won first prizes at Le Domaine Forget International Guitar Competition, the Grossmont Community Concert Association Competition, the American Protege International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall, and the Denver Classical Guitar Competition. Olson is a registered classical guitar teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has taught privately in California, Georgia, Colorado, and Tennessee. All lessons with Olson will be conducted virtually.

  • Brianna Smith—Simply Music Piano
Cadek and Bright School
A native Chattanoogan, Brianna Smith has been involved with music her whole life. Over the years, her experiences in music as a student have included Kindermusik, choir, hand bells, band (flute), and, of course, piano lessons. During her senior year of high school, Smith discovered Simply Music, Inc., and became a Certified Music Educator with the program. She holds an Associate of Fine Arts degree in music from Chattanooga State and B.A. in music from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She’s been a Simply Music Teacher since 2009, and she took traditional piano lessons from second through 11th grades. She enjoys teaching students through the Simply Music platform.

  • Katie Talley—Piano, Voice, and Violin
Cadek and Bright School
Katie Talley brings a lifetime of experience, training, and passion to her music. A former music teacher at Tennessee Christian Academy, she received her B.A. from Lee University School of Music. Katie is also an alum of the Lee University Campus Choir, Lee University Choral Union, and the vocal studio of Virginia Horton. Talley’s passion for music began long before college. As a child she performed regularly in musical theater and in both ministry and show choirs through adolescence. Most notably, Talley is an alum of various award-winning choral ensembles from her home state of Ohio, winning multiple awards for small ensemble, large ensemble, and small choir. Specializing in teaching private and group voice, beginning piano, choral music, and both private and group music theory lessons, she brings a variety of musical experience to her lessons including classical, sacred, jazz, and contemporary genres for both solo and group performance. Voice lessons will be conducted virtually.

Read more about all of Cadek’s instructors here or contact us for more details.
    • Natalie Eastman—Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Voice

    • Alejandro Olson—Classical Guitar

    • Brianna Smith—Piano

    • Katie Talley—Piano, Voice, Violin