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I grew up performing and singing. My family loved music and the arts and we went to the theater, ballet and symphony all the time in Houston Texas. My mother used to play music to get me to sleep when I was very young. She played opera by the famous Italian tenor Caruso and symphonic music by the French Impressionist composer Debussy. As a teenager I played the guitar and sang folk and pop songs with my friends. When I became an adult my interest turned back to classical music and opera as I had heard as a toddler. Eventually I found myself on stage singing opera in New York City and classical chamber music at Tanglewood in the Berkshires.
I began teaching voice while I was getting a Bachelor's Degree in Music at the University of Texas. When I came to New York City I opened the Vocal & Dramatic Arts Studio in 1996. Since that time I have kept up a studio teaching voice and acting to people of all ages: 6 to 86! I love the variety and feel everyone can sing and act. In honor of my high school choir director, I created an a cappella vocal improvisation method called "lavocezensing" using the Do scale as a frame to become comfortable harmonizing and improvising vocally.
Education is one of my passions. Working for Lincoln Center and other arts presenters in New York City between 1996 and 2012, I created curriculum on music and art in public and private schools and have trained educators nationally and internationally on using music and art in their classroom lessons. I found that song writing and musical improvisation are great ways to integrate music with other curriculum within the Humanities.
Today in Austin, TX, part of my work is in not-for-profit settings as a Sound Yoga Therapy instructor using yoga, music and sound healing practices as tools to learn meditation and reduce stress in environments such as hospices and centers that help mothers, children and families that are challenged by economic hardship.
Over the years, I have performed many styles of music: standard opera, contemporary opera and chamber opera, classical chamber music, musical theater and cabaret. Now I am exploring the ragas of India and Nada (Sound) Yoga practices and have developed a sound based mindfulness meditation practice called Sound Yoga Therapy™ or SYT. SYT sessions combine North Indian Classical vocal music with Western vocal pedagogy to elicit a relaxation response and then to focus the mind in order to activate the higher levels of the brain.
As a music, voice, yoga and acting teacher, I offer traditional and non-traditional methods using multi-sensory approaches to help students realize their goals. In addition to developing vocal, musical and theatrical skills, the tools and techniques offered aid students in relaxation, breath awareness, and stress reduction as a part of our lessons together. It is a creative, fun and student-centered learning environment for students of all ages!
*** Lesson Details ***
AFTER 3 TO 6 MONTHS OF WEEKLY LESSONS you will be able to use the basic knowledge, tools and techniques you have learned to perform a song, a monologue or begin to create your own lyrics or song.
AFTER ONE YEAR you are ready to share the art you have created in an intimate gathering with family and friends.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Room w/ piano; video recording available
*** Travel Equipment ***
Studio & Skype lessons only
*** Specialties ***
Classical and musical theater singing styles; extended vocal techniques; Indian ragas using Saregam scales; exploring the voice in songs, chants and toning as an approach to increased well-being; European, American and Indigenous repertoire from many cultures
Gfire has been teaching and performing music full-time for over 17 years. Based in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," she offers voice, piano, songwriting, yoga, folk guitar, 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 2015.
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 eight years straight - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 - 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 200 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 or FaceTime - 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 5-105. 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 am 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 mBox PRO Full Recording Studio
Yamaha U1 Upright Piano
Shure SM 58 Microphone
Shure SM 57 Microphone
Korg microKorg Synthesizer
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
MacBook Pro 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, folk guitar
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 4 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.
Folk guitar - finger picking and accompaniment skills for folk singers.
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.
I believe that knowledge is power that leads to peace, prosperity and success in life. Anyone can learn anything in life. It all depends on the teacher, students and knowledge of the subject. My teaching philosophy centers on three key objectives:
First, I work with students and his/her level of awareness, interests to discover, how learning a subject can be made joy, fun and exciting. I help students with simple, easy practices to calm and focus his/her mind before to make learning effective.
Second, I work on myself and discover ways to present subject, lessons, and topics in ways that is most suitable to students.
Third, I work with subjects and present materials in way that can help students to learn, retain and evolve.
I firmly believe that a teacher should continue to evolve, find new ways of teaching to help his/her students to evolve and become a good person in life
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I enjoy teaching the following subjects
High School Science and Math
Psychology-General/ Introduction Psychology, positive psychology, personality
Anatomy and physiology – introduction to anatomy and physiology
Microsoft Office – Outlook, Word, Power point, Publisher, OneNote,
Hindi and English
Self-Development – Mindfulness, Rest and Relaxation, Self –Confidence, Goal-Setting
I am a student of life. I have been learning, evolving and sharing the knowledge for the last 33 years. When I learnt from my master – ‘Knowledge is power that liberates’ more than 30 years ago, my passion of learning new things drives me to excel personally, professionally and socially. I studied physics, chemistry, math, English and Hindi in high school. When I was in college, doing Bachelors in Science, I got an opportunity to teach science and math in the same school where I completed my high school. I studied physics, chemistry, math, optional (Hindi and English) in Bachelor’s degree from Delhi University. I studied eastern philosophy/psychology/ yoga/ Tantra in an informal, master-disciple tradition from many masters. It gave me deep insight and understanding of mind, brain and consciousness. It evolved me to become a good teacher who not only teaches, but also educates and mentors. I completed Diploma in yoga philosophy and practice from an international center in 1983. It evolved me further to present subject materials leading to self-development. I completed Masters in Applied Physiology and Psychology.
Along with my work in deferral government as educator, teacher researcher for 26 years, I undertook wide variety of studies related to human development including Eastern Philosophy/Psychology, Spirituality, Hindi Literature, History of Psychology, Religious Studies, and Philosophy of Science. In the job I designed, developed many courses/workshops/programs on stress management, effective learning, memory and retention, mindfulness/meditation, corporate wellness, Youth Empowerment, Alternative management of illnesses including asthma, ADD, behavioral modifications, and healthy aging.
I have taught people of all age groups in the last 33 years. Few of my accomplishments are:
• Lifestyle management and mental well-being program-Young prisoners (infected with HIV; and substance abuse problem) in Manipur prison, India, under United Nations Drug Prevention Program.
• Eastern/ Western Psychology/ Physiology for optimum mental well-being: medical doctors working for Ministry of Health, Mongolia under International Health Exchange Program.
• How to learn Science and Math: Easy, Simple and Effective approach – A workshop conducted for hundreds of students in Schools in India.
• Mindfulness Program for Inner peace and happiness: conducted workshop for doctors, professors of Columbia University.
My skills evolved to a new level by conducting workshops, seminars, presenting papers in conferences, private coaching, tutoring and mentoring students for more than 33 years. The teaching has become a joy of conscious living.
My conviction is that anyone can learn anything in state of inner calm and focus. I help students first to awaken to inner calm that facilitates easy learning and retention. I customize teaching steps depends on the level of student/s.
Evolve and help others to evolve by learning/teaching
Qi Gong Classes & Courses in Self Healing and Wellness and in Healing Others. Spring Forest Qigong Certified Level 1 & 2 & Master Healer since September of 2000.
Yoga -specializing in special needs, Seniors, Chair Yoga, - Accredited in 1972 by Swami Vishnu author of the "Complete Illustrated book of Yoga" and as Advanced Teacher Instructor in 1975.
Classes in How to stay Healthy & Happy and Effective in the Workplace in 10 minutes.
Lindsay is an Annapolis, Maryland native who discovered yoga over 10 years ago to support her love of extreme sports. She works with athletes of all levels, applying a therapeutic approach to yoga and fitness. She was awarded as one of the top yoga teachers in Denver in 2013 by the Mile High Yoga Experience, has led the largest, 1,200 person, yoga class in Denver for Yoga Rocks the Park and most recently she has been a presenting SUP Yoga Instructor at Wanderlust Yoga Festivals. She is a senior Yoga teacher at Kindness Yoga, Denver's top yoga studio, and is on staff offering their 200 hr yoga teacher training and international retreats. Her adventurous personality and love of the mountains and tropics has fueled the search for the perfect setting to take her practice. When Lindsay isn't teaching, she can be found competing in Stand Up Paddle events across the country on rivers, lakes and oceans. She is an ambassador for Oakley Women, Sawyer Paddles and Boardworks SUP.
I am an ERYT200 Yoga Instructor, A.A.S. Vocal Performance. I am also a working singer/songwriter and recording artist. I have spent the past ten plus years teaching ages three to seventy-five and am comfortable with all demographics and ages. I have spent the past ten years immersed in very different communities and demographics nationwide.
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