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Popular Opera Voice Teachers Near Austin

Todd S.

Austin, TX
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Chris A.

Austin, TX
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Jacqueline P.

Austin, TX
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Todd S. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Film Acting, Guitar, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting, Ukulele

About Me

I am a singer/songwriter, theatre artist, and teacher that has been singing, playing, and writing music since the age of five. ‚ÄčOriginally from Cooper City, Florida, I received my BFA from Boston University, where I studied Music and Theatre Arts. I have had the privilege of studying voice privately with industry-leading professors for over 12 years and have been teaching both children and adults- singing, acting, piano, guitar, and songwriting- for the past seven years.

After learning how to create my own music at around the age of eight, ‚ÄčI have recorded over a dozen albums with many bands and musicians and currently am playing shows as a singer/songwriter in the Austin area.

I have experience with the following musical styles: Musical Theater, Folk, Rock, Pop, Classical, Opera, Foreign Language, Punk Rock, Metal, Reggae, and Jazz. My lessons are designed for the student to have fun, grow, explore, and learn in a safe and pleasant environment. I believe that everyone has a unique music within them and my goal is to help each student find, hone, and craft it.

*** Lesson Details ***
I truly believe that each one of us has a uniquely beautiful voice. Through our lessons, we will explore music in search of our unique voice and have tons of fun along the way. Whether it be through voice, piano, guitar, songwriting, or acting, the student will become more in tune with their artist-self, learn about the language of music, and develop the creative skills that all successful artists possess.

Most importantly of all, the lessons are formed around your interests and musical desires. As a teacher, I pride myself on keeping the student engaged and positive, while maintaining a non-judgemental atmosphere.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio Music room with upright piano, 88-key weighted keyboard, guitars, ukelele, music library, and recording equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I am trained in many different styles of Vocal Technique including Bel Canto singing, Linklater training, Musical Theatre, and Rock and Roll singing. I have been playing piano and guitar for over fifteen years and have both creative and classical training in each.

Chris A. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

I hold my B.A in Voice from the University of North Texas. I was a member of UNT’s A Capella Choir, ranked among the top five undergraduate choirs in the nation. I have worked with a range of vocal teachers from many backgrounds, from a metropolitan opera star to voice science academics to professional singer-songwriters. This breadth of experience and research over the last 11 years has enabled me to refine the art of teaching someone how to sing so that it is effective and feels good for the singer to do, no matter where they start. For me, seeing the joy on a student’s face when they are able to stay in tune for the first time, or hearing their excitement on the phone when they tell me they've won a $20,0000 college vocal scholarship, makes it easy for me to say that I really love what I do!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach adults beginner to advanced, and teens who are committed to developing their vocal skill.

Technique

I believe that ANYONE can learn to sing! It doesn't matter where you are starting from. I have worked with students that have had trouble singing on pitch and brought them all the way to winning competitions in the course of a year. That being said, those students were consistent, rarely missed a lesson, and were devoted to developing their singing skill.

If you have the time and energy to devote to developing your vocal technique, you absolutely will progress!

If you want to improve your singing, don't let anyone tell you that it's not possible! You need tools to find what works for your voice and a commitment to building habits that help you no matter what genre or blend of genres you'll be singing in.

One of the assumptions that can make singing more difficult than it needs to be is when you feel that if you don't sound "good", you aren't a good singer. That couldn't be further from the truth!

Your voice is a musical instrument and depending how you play it will result in what sounds come out and how easy those sounds are to make. How your voice sounds has NOTHING to do with how your vocal chords are structured and EVERYTHING to do with what muscles you move when you sing. So it's all about how you use your voice. This is why I have students make such huge transformations when they have enough time to build new vocal habits.

In my Austin studio and in Skype lessons, I give concrete, clear instructions so you know exactly what you're moving when you sing, and why.

It is critically important to me that I give honest feedback, but not by judgement. I will never say to you "That sounds bad" for two reasons:

1) No one feels better and more motivated to practice when they are given a judgement over their singing.

2) The phrase or message of "that sounds bad" is completely useless for learning how to sing, because it doesn't describe what is happening. You can have perfectly healthy singing be categorized as "bad" simply because the listener doesn't like that genre!

I give feedback through details. So if you don't sound "good" to yourself, I will help you figure out whether you are making that sound in a healthy way. Assuming that the singing is already in tune, we make sounds we don't like when we are tightening our throat. This is about half the time. The other half of the time, we are simply singing in a sound color/genre that we don't like that we picked up in our singing for whatever reason, and it's fairly simple to change that.

Because I'm only going to teach you what works for you, we may have to try a lot of things to help you find the coordinations involved in singing, but you'll never be stuck with the same exercises that don't seem to help!

I work with the students that have tried other teachers but felt that the instructions weren't clear enough to apply, and had no explanation as to why they have to do a particular exercise.

I explain every exercise that I give in detail and I make sure that every exercise will work towards your vocal goals. I will explain what habits apply to ALL vocal sounds and what habits only apply to some, why some people can belt and why others strain immediately when they try, and help give you a map to navigate through all the sounds that your voice can make.

Confidence on Stage

Some of my students are perfectly happy with their technique but fear singing in front of other people.

Technique can be helpful for confidence on stage because you can remember what to do with all the nervous energy rather than just try to hold it back. Technique alone, doesn't equal confidence.

In lessons, we learn what it takes to develop your confidence on stage, and many times this has to do with building a solid memory of your song.

If you know your song backwards and forwards, every note you sing is memorized and 100% comfortable, and your mind and heart are on a mission to express the message of the song, nervous energy is just extra fuel to the fire on stage. This is good!

As a singer, one of the toughest things for me was memorizing my song and figuring out when a song was performance ready. Between my college experience with voice professors, professional singers of multiple genres, acting experience, and my own research, I was able to develop ways to both quickly and solidly learn a song.

During lessons we will take efficient routes to show you what parts of the song are the easiest to remember, which ones need more repetitions to remember, and how to get them solidly memorized so you feel ready to perform them.

Another block to confidence on stage, besides technique and memorization, is knowing where to direct your thoughts and focus when you're singing. If your song is memorized and practiced, we'll work on how express the message using concrete, specific ways to make your expression of a song come alive on stage.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and Voice Recorder.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Here are your supplies you will want for every lesson:

-CDs and/or MP3s of your songs
-Notebook paper
-Recording device of some kind
-List of songs you would like to sing
-Pencil
-Sheet Music we are working on

*** Specialties ***
I teach vocal habits that make all genres to sing easier in every way.

I also teach:

Sight-Reading
Singing Harmony
Speaking Technique
Music Theory for Singers

Jacqueline P. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

I tailor all of my lessons to the individual. Growing up, I was blessed to fall in the love with the piano without being pushed to stick with it. My goal with my students is to instill in them the same fondness for the instrument using their unique skills and interests. The more someone likes what he/she is doing, the more successful he/she will be.

I have been studying piano for 17 years with the likes of Colleen Bell, John Weems, Betty Mallard, and Nancy Garrett. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.M. in Piano Performance and a concentration in Vocal Performance. I have been teaching for eight years, and it remains to be one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life!

The following are some of the most recent accolades I have been awarded: First Prize at the University of Texas David O. Nilsson Solo Piano Competition; UT‚¬Ä¬ôs Butler School of Music Scholarship; numerous Texas Music Teacher Association competition awards, including honorable mention in the TMTA state competition; winner of the American Festival for the Arts solo competition; gold medals at the University of Houston Forum, Texas State University Young Pianists, and Strake Jesuit Concerto Competition.

*** Lesson Details ***
My number one goal with my students is that they enjoy what they are doing. I take it upon myself to make lessons both enjoyable and efficient. I tailor each lesson to the specific student according to his/her needs and strengths.

For example, some children need more hands-on activities to stay engaged. For those students, I structure lessons to feature several different activities reinforcing a key concept or idea. Other children learn better with step-by-step concept explanations followed by detailed demonstrations. Individual students' goals, learning styles, interests, and attention spans all inform my choice of teaching method.

I am a big believer in the power of both short- and long-term goals. Students work best when they can see the point of practicing. If they know there is a recital coming up or a performance class is looming, they will be much more likely to practice effectively and with purpose.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic piano, speakers for listening practice. Spacious room adjacent to lesson space with table/chairs for parents to listen and do work during the lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should plan on bringing their lesson books and assignment notebook in a bag to every lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in an individualized teaching style. I teach all ages, with current students ranging from 4 to 65.

Since music lessons are one-on-one, I am allowed the luxury of getting to know my students well enough to tailor their lessons to their specific goals, strengths, and needs. My method is a fun approach that gets the information across in such a way that will maximize long-term retention.

Susanna S.

Pflugerville, TX
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Gfire

Austin, TX
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Natalie C.

Austin, TX
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Susanna S. Pflugerville, TX

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

Susanna has studied piano since the age of 5, and has been fortunate to study with the late Professor Danielle Martin at the University of Texas. Susanna has her Bachelor's Degree in music for the University of Texas and has taught piano and voice for 7 years. She enjoys working with people and uses her patience and perceptiveness to communicate music to others. Susanna is a church musician and was a member of the University of Texas Longhorn Singers and also attended Berklee College of Music studying jazz and popular music.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a person I am laid-back, I take the same attitude toward teaching, however I am strict when it comes to getting work done & getting it done well. For piano I use the Alfred series. After 3-6 months I would want my student to have learned the basics of rhythm & note identification. For singers breathing technique as well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland wieghted 88 key full size electric piano

*** Specialties ***
classical, pop, r&b

Gfire Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, SAT, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

gfire has been teaching music full-time for over 16 years. Based in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," she offers voice, piano, songwriting and DJ'ing lessons to students from 5-105 and she specializes in sculpting her lessons to the strengths and desires of each individual student. Her students range from beginning to advanced levels, and they sing and play a multitude of musical styles, including classical, pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, musical theater, blues and more.

gfire loves to share her talents with her students. She prides herself on instilling a "sense of mastery" to each of her singing and piano students, no matter on which level they are. The students come away with a real sense of knowing their songs and their instruments inside out and with a real sense of confidence in their musicianship. Plus they have a lot of fun as they make musical progress!

gfire is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and "Yoga for the Voice" innovator. She has released 4 CDs of all-original music and is currently working on her 5th CD, to be released in 2010.

As a teacher, gfire works with students of all levels and all areas of interest. In October 2007, gfire became the only vocal teacher in the Western Hemisphere to gain full certification in the Science of Singing, developed by Ernest G. White of London, England. Her unique voice training program, entitled "Yoga for the Voice," combines this knowledge of the Science of Singing with ancient yoga breathing techniques. This technique allows each voice student to develop a "vocal tune-up" for the voice AND to discover what the natural singing range is and how to use the voice as effectively as possible. With the internet SKYPE technology, gfire teaches voice students all over the world, from Switzerland to the U.K. to New Zealand to New York.

Her vocal students have sung in touring rock bands, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, in successful auditions, in karaoke clubs, in coffee houses and folk clubs, at weddings and for their own enjoyment amongst family and friends. Whatever level of singing training you wish to acquire, she will show you the way to achieve it!

gfire was also the main voice instructor and one of 3 main piano teachers at the Austin branch of Mars Music (now defunct) for 3 1/2 years. In addition to her vocal study and innovation, she has studied piano with top classical and jazz pianists, studied songwriting with Pat Pattison of Berklee College in Boston, gotten her full yoga teaching certification in 2004 and DJ'd at clubs and parties worldwide. For four years straight - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 - she has won the prestigious ASCAPlus Award for professional songwriting.

As a singer-songwriter, gfire continues to write, record and perform with some of the best musicians and engineers in the world, including engineer Stuart Sullivan (Willie Nelson, Sublime, Meat Puppets, etc.), Hammond organ player Ian McLagen (Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart), cellist John Hagen (Lyle Lovett), fiddle/mandolin player Warren Hood (The Waybacks), bassist George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard) and banjo picker Danny Barnes (Bad Livers, Dave Matthews).

gfire's original songs have been played on over 160 radio and television stations worldwide. She has toured in over half of the fifty states, plus the U.K. and Canada.

*** Lesson Details ***
NEW - gfire is now available to teach WORLDWIDE via SKYPE - so you can have a music lesson in the privacy of your own home!!

Voice lessons - I have created a unique and wonderful vocal method, "Yoga for the Voice," which combines ancient yoga breathing exercises with special vocal exercises to give you a "complete vocal tune-up." These techniques are simple, effective and easily-learned by any student of the voice, from about age 7-107. I love to help you learn to apply these wonderful techniques to learning the songs you wish to learn - whether they are pop, r 'n' b, folk, singer-songwriter, rock, country, opera, musical theater, jazz, etc. "Yoga for the Voice" is just as effective for professional speakers, such as teachers, lawyers, clergymen or actors - we just use a range of notes that is smaller than a singer's range, and we focus on using your speaking voice as effectively and efficiently as possible.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the "breath of fire" and "one-minute breath" - the BEST yoga breaths for singers!
2. master the "sinus humming exercises" - identifying where EACH note in your range originates in your own head
3. master the "full-body exercises" - traditional singing exercises on "mah, mee, moh, moo, meh" - so that you can move easily between your chest voice, middle voice, and head voice
4. master 2-10 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song - being able to sing each song in TUNE, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
5. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Piano lessons - I teach a wide range of piano styles at levels from beginner to early advanced, beginning around age 5. Whether you want to learn classical, rock, blues, country, boogie-woogie, or other styles of piano and keyboard playing, I will sculpt your lesson plan so that you have a great foundation in technique AND you learn the styles and songs you wish to play.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the Leschetizky, hand massage, and isometric warm-up exercises - the BEST piano warm-ups!
2. depending on your level, master Hanon exercises 1-12, major and minor scales, major and minor arpeggios
3. for beginners, you will be able to play with BOTH hands on the treble and bass clefs - at the same time!!
4. master the I-IV-V progression in 3-12 keys, depending on your level - so that you can play blues, rock, country, boogie-woogie, and ragtime songs!!
5. master 4-20 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song (classical songs tend to take more time to master) - being able to play each song with great technique, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
6. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Songwriting lessons - I will teach you how to create a great song, in the style you wish to write in. Country songs, pop songs, rock tunes, r'n' b, folk, etc. - all of these genres have "unwritten rules" about how to put together an effective song. We will utilize special songwriting exercises and tools to help you learn to be a wonderful songwriter.

DJ lessons - I teach beat matching, turntable fine-tuning and repertoire selection to help you become the DJ you aspire to be. I own crates and crates of vinyl records and CDs, and I have DJ'd all over the world to enthusiastic crowds, so I can teach you to attain a real joy and skill in the art of turntablism.

Yoga lessons - I a fully KRI-certified yoga teacher and I can help you develop a valuable yoga routine to help you achieve your health and relaxation goals. We will choose from literally hundreds of exercises and breathing techniques specifically geared to your needs and wants.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools Digi 002 Full Recording Studio
Yamaha U1 Upright Piano
Shure SM 58 Microphone
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann TLM 103 Microphone
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Nord Lead Synthesizer
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
West African Djembe
Macintosh G5 Computer
Macintosh Laptop Computer
Universal Audio LA-610 Pre-amp
2 Technics 1200 Professional DJ Turntables
American DJ Pro-Scratch 1 Professional CDJ
Rane MP22 DJ Mixer
Mogami Professional Audio Cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Macintosh Laptop Computer

*** Specialties ***
music, singing, piano, songwriting, DJ'ing, yoga
I have developed "Yoga for the Voice" - a combination of my 18 years of studying and receiving certification in the "Science of Singing" (as taught by Ernest George White of London, England) and my 10 years experience and certification in yoga, specifically ancient yoga breathing techniques. I will work with voice students as young as 7 and as old as they want to go! Voice lessons span all styles and all levels - pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, opera, classical, musical theater, etc. from beginner to advanced. Generally beginning around age 7.

Piano - levels beginner to early advanced, most styles, including classical, rock, pop, folk, country, singer-songwriter, blues and boogie-woogie. Generally beginning around age 5.

Songwriting - all popular styles, including rock, pop, folk, country, blues, singer-songwriter, r 'n' b, etc.

DJ'ing - all basic DJ methods, including beat matching, turntable basics and repertoire selection.

Yoga - yoga breathing AND physical exercises, depending on the needs and wants of the student.

In piano, I specialize in teaching students who want to play a wide variety of music - classical, pop, rock, country, blues, etc. I begin with piano students who are 5 years of age and older, as long as they have the requisite attention span.

In songwriting, I specialize in teaching students methods of developing popular songs - pop, r 'n' b, country, rock, folk, etc.

In DJ'ing, I specialize in basic beatmatching and repertoire selection.

And in yoga, I specialize in tailoring the yogic needs of the student - whether she/he wishes to work on stretching, breathing, abdominal strengthening, etc.

Natalie C. Austin, TX

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Students in middle school or higher, or boys after their voice change. I have experience teaching ages middle school and up.

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