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Natalie Akers is a pianist and educator who arrived on Bainbridge to teach and learn at IslandWood. She has worked on bringing interdisciplinary and music programs to middle and high school students in the US, France, and Japan and believes in songwriting as a powerful tool for young people to develop a positive and authentic sense of self. She has taught writing in vocational high schools and toured the US playing keyboard in the Jenner Fox band. Sisters Folk Festival review: “It’s a rare person who gets to hear Natalie play and doesn’t find themselves wishing they played piano or falling a little more deeply for music.”