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Natural Growth – Music Lessons


Piano    Guitar    Brass    Woodwinds    Bass

Quick Facts

  • Check!  operating as Natural Growth since 2003
  • Check!  over 14,000 lessons taught
  • Check!  more than 20 years experience playing music
  • Check!  current student ages are between 5 and 78
  • Check!  piano lessons are taught on a beautiful, antique upright piano
  • Check!  students have access to different types of instruments
  • Check!  lessons plans are created and customized for every student
  • Check!  instruction is offered on a wide variety of instruments
  • Check!  1-on-1 music instruction for all levels of musicianship
  • Check!  lesson room is located next to a park and playground

Our History

After teaching for over 5 years elsewhere, educator Story Bateman opened Natural Growth Music Lessons to Nanaimo in 2003.

The music studio’s original location was in beautiful Departure Bay. Although the space was cozy and comfortable, we needed to find somewhere that we could grow into.

After much searching, Natural Growth moved to its new home in 2010 – and now we can’t imagine welcoming students anywhere else!

Our studio provides students with a private and comfortable space in which to learn and play music. Anyone with a desire to play an instrument – and the drive to practice with passion – is welcome to join our student roster.

Book a free consultation to see if our studio is right for you!


Story Bateman

Story Bateman, Owner and Educator

Story Bateman
Owner & Educator

Story’s love of music began at an early age. She was surrounded by wonderful music teachers and artistic stimulation throughout her youth, and these influences led to a love of music and a desire to help others learn to play.

Piano lessons began at the age of 10, and Story studied the Royal Conservatory all through high school. In her teens she also quickly developed an attraction to woodwind and brass instruments.

Realizing that music was going to be a career, she applied to a number of Universities before deciding on the Malaspina University music program. While studying at Malaspina (now VIU), Story was blessed to play jazz and funk with some of Nanaimo’s most wonderful musicians, including a 30-piece concert band called the Nanaimo Musicians Association and a ten-piece funk band called Decadence.

It was also at this time that Story was given the opportunity to begin her teaching career as the head piano teacher at Arbutus Music. After four years of attending Malaspina and teaching at Arbutus, Story transferred to continue her education at the University of British Columbia. While attending UBC she maintained her music lessons, commuting back to Nanaimo every weekend for two years.

In 2002, a very happy Story moved back to Nanaimo, and Natural Growth Music became a reality. Story opened her own music studio in 2003 and experiences great joy teaching every student who walks through the door.

Story Teaches All Levels of...

  Check!  piano

  Check!  guitar

  Check!  bass guitar

  Check!  woodwinds

  Check!  brass

  Check!  ...any instrument you’re passionate about

Getting Started

Interested in booking a lesson with Story? Your first 30-minute lesson is 100% FREE of charge, with no obligations to continue.

There’s no risk – so contact us to book your time now!

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Address2352 York Cres.
Nanaimo, BC
V9T 4N3

Phone(250) 751-1870

Owner/EducatorStory Bateman

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(250) 751-1870

Natural Growth is located at 2352 York Crescent in Nanaimo, BC.
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