Singing, Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Speaking Voice
I graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA! I received a BFA in Musical Theatre. What a change that was to go from Texas to Philly! I auditioned for many different schools, and know what it takes to get there. I then moved to New York City 2 days after graduating, on my 22nd birthday! I had 13 wonderful, and also challenging, years in NYC. Lots and lots of auditions, of every kind! Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Soaps, Film, Commercials, Concerts, Readings, Showcases, etc. I have sung for ABBA (Mama Mia), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Hal Prince (Gypsy). I was also up for leads in Mama Mia, Wicked, Rent, Hairspray. So, I definitely have a lot of versatility, and knowledge of what they're looking for! I did a Eugene O'Neil play called "Ah Wilderness" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. We opened there, and then toured it all over the midwest for 6 months. I did appear on NBC's Law & Order as a featured role, with the late Jerry Orbach. Lot's of experience, lot's of knowledge, and I'm excited to share it with you!
Piano, Singing, Music Theory
Music Education degree from Baylor University, focusing on piano, voice and ensembles.
Experienced in teaching all ages and a variety of styles.
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Bass Guitar, Guitar, Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele
I am a certified State of Texas Elementary Educator, has led ukulele workshops internationally, teaches private and group music lessons to all ages and levels in Austin, TX . I have launched a ukulele-based music education charity called edUKEcation.org which brings lessons and instruments to schools and students with limited resources. Equally passionate about music, education and ukulele, I seek to inspire and empower students to exercise their birthright of making music. I am currently in the second year of course study in Canadian virtuoso James Hill’s Ukulele Initiative teacher training program. My scope of teaching includes Texas-based music, blues, soul, funk, slide ukulele, family music facilitation, ukulele ensembles, and beginners of all ages. I specialize in ukulele and also teach most styles of guitar, music theory, bass, voice and family music facilitation.
I have been a resident of Austin, TX for over 20 years where I have played guitar and toured across the globe with Americana artists such as the Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore), Jimmy LaFave, Alejandro Escovedo, Robyn Ludwick , Charlie and Bruce Robison and many others. In addition to leading my own groups as a singer-songwriter, I have produced albums and written songs for several Austin artists.
Students have used the words patient, wise, organized, skillful, funny, laid-back, and committed to describe my teaching.
What all this translates to is that I have a lifetime of experience in the music world that I'd love to share with those interested in learning more. My specialties include teaching music theory, working with groups, exploring songwriting, intermediate and advanced guitar study, and working with youngsters. Deeper exploration into music history as it applies to the lessons and the more detailed aspects of musical gear are also avenues of possible study. I've become recently certified as an elementary educator in the state of Texas and have gained valuable training and experience working with youngsters. I strive to discover each student's goals and interests and design an approach to best lead each student where they want to go, and beyond! I also want to understand how my students think, work and learn best.
This knowledge is invaluable as a teacher. My lessons are typically filled with a mixture of exercises, video viewing, active listening, ear training, and playing together to ensure that material is being comprehended and brought to life for each student's learning style. We devise strategies together to meet the goals of the student.
Guitar, Singing, Music Performance
I have lived in Austin since August of 2009, having moved down to Central Texas to pursue a Masters degree in Opera Performance at the University of Texas, a degree which I had completed last May. At UT, I have performed the roles of Don Alfonso in UT's Butler Opera Center production of Cosě fan tutte, as well as recently performing the role of Chip in a new work called New York Stories by Daron Hagen. I have also sung in the Austin Lyric Opera ensemble for their productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, The Magic Flute, La Traviata and La Bohčme, and will be performing in their upcoming production of Puccini's Turandot. I have also performed in the ensemble for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin in their productions of The Mikado, as well as performing the role as the Second Yeoman in their production of The Yeomen of the Guard.
I first began studying voice at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Natick, MA, and the Royal College of Music in London in the fall of 2007. In 2009, I received my BA from Boston University in Vocal Performance. During my studies I have had the privilege of studying under professors who have had and still have very successful performing careers, as well as singing with choirs who have performed at Carnegie Hall and Boston's Symphony Hall. I have also sung under the baton of John Williams, at an event titled "Film Night" at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In over 10 years of studying voice I have learned several great tools and strategies to use in order to improve my craft. I have obtained a good knowledge of a wide range of topics in regards to the voice. Whether it be proper breathing or posture, or how to learn repertoire so that not only do I have text, notes, and rhythms down pat, but I am also able to establish my artistic identity by adding my own interpretations to the pieces I learn. With my students I hope to share these experiences and strategies so that they can hone their craft, as well as gain the necessary tools to be able to better themselves independently. Most importantly, I hope to teach in a manner which motivates the student to continue learning. Singing, above all else, should be FUN!
Today I am still at UT, and am pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Voice Performance. I currently hold a position as the bass section leader at Lakeway Church in Lakeway, TX, as well as a section leader position in the Conspirare Symphonic Choir, a choral organization based in Austin, TX created by Craig Hella Johnson, which has been Grammy-nominated several times. Conspirare was recently were asked to sing as the supporting chorus for Andrea Bocelli for his concert at the Erwin Center last February.
*In regards to guitar, I have played for roughly five years. I am comfortable teaching beginning students as I feel that I can provide them with the basic tools necessary in order to play. I specialize in classic rock but am open to teaching other genres.
Singing, Broadway Singing, Opera Voice
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!
Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, SAT, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
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.
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