Natasha Pasternak
Lecturer, Music Industry

Natasha Pasternak is an artist in the most honest sense of the word. A songwriter, composer, producer, and performer, to a Professor and founder of her new company, Desert Dream Creative, Pasternak has fully embodied what it takes to be a successful musician and entrepreneur in today’s music industry.

Classically trained at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto, she went on to excel in the local music scene with various projects. In 2010, she co-founded the acclaimed Toronto indie-pop band, Hands & Teeth. One part Broken Social Scene, one part Arcade Fire, Hands & Teeth dominated festivals across North America (SXSW, POP Montreal, Halifax POP, CMW, M for Montreal and NXNE to name a few). Their songs found homes locally and internationally, featured on various radio and television stations including the CBC, BBC, Much Music and MTV. And featured in various publications, including a 5/5 star review in NOW magazine for their first release. In 2016, Pasternak lent her vocals for Warner Bros.’ official trailer for “The Legend of Tarzan,” now with over 16 million plays.

Pasternak is an active committee member for Women In Music L.A (WIM LA) and a juror for the Canadian grant organization, FACTOR. She recently launched her own songwriting workshop/masterclass business, Desert Dream Creative. Over the years Pasternak has been selected for various prestigious workshops and mentorships, including ASCAP’s Harold Adamson Workshop. She worked one on one with top industry professionals (Mr. Hudson, Autumn Rowe, Jayson De Zuzio, Nicole Morier, Andrew Cider and Daniel Werman). For the past three years Pasternak has been building programming and lecturing at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. In June 2020, Pasternak acted as Assistant Director, program designer and lead instructor for UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s high school Summer Intensive Songwriting program. On top of lecturing and developing programming at UCLA, Pasternak splits her time working for the non-profit, Jail Guitar Doors, bringing songwriting and music into correctional institutions as a part of their rehabilitation. Check out Desert Dream Creative at or

Robert Fink
Chair of Music Industry IDP, Professor of Musicology and Humanities
Tony Brancato
Guest Lecturer in Music Industry
Monica Chieffo
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David Leaf
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Jonathan Beard
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Bobby Borg
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Tiffany Naiman
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