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Yoga for the Voice – Singing Lessons in Austin

By Gfire M. - Austin Voice Teacher

I have been singing since age 3 and taking voice lessons since age 14, beginning with classical songs, musical theater, and opera before getting into rock, blues, folk, country, R&B and anything else I felt like trying! One thing that always bugged me about voice lessons was that I was never told exactly where all of my singing sounds come from. Of course we discussed chest voice, middle voice and head voice, but I never really understood what to do with my throat to make these sounds happen.

Fortunately, very early in my professional singing career, I happened upon a book in the library called “Science and Singing.” It was my first real “Ah-Ha” moment – the author explained that the real source of singing tone comes from air vibrating in the sinus cavities of the head. Then the sound resonates in the rest of the vocal instrument to create the full tone in each singer.

I went on to become the only certified teacher of the “Science of Singing” in the United States. I later added my full certification as a kundalini yoga teacher, since I found that I sing better when I do yoga each day. The combination of these two disciplines allows me to instruct every singing (and speaking) pupil with precision how to create every note in her/his singing range.

It’s been quite a journey for me!! I love teaching singing lessons in Austin and hearing my students’ voices gain in beauty and power – but mostly I love giving every student the confidence that he or she can sing the songs they enjoy with a real sense of mastery. Take singing lessons in Austin and learn some yoga for your own voice!

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Julie F.

Austin, TX

About Julie

Julie holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Pennsylvania State University with a focus on contemporary and musical theatre vocal technique. She has been a sought after performer both in the studio and on stage recording and performing from New York to Austin. Julie opened her studio Vocyl Studios in Austin in 2010 and has become the vocal go to for the performers in the Live Music Capital. She is passionate about teaching the healthiest technique to give singers the stamina to not only sing for hours but sing for life as well. Julie's technique builds voices to last throughout the demands of
a professional career.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe strongly in creating a fun and creative atmosphere. A lot of troubles singers seem to have stem from being nervous to sing in front of others. Singing should be an enjoyable experience and that's what I try to create at my studio. I believe strongly in creating a good foundation on which to build on so you can sing any style of music, but also think when students can sing songs they really enjoy singing it helps the learning process. After 3 Months you will have learned:

Eliminate vocal fatigue and tension
Improve vocal range, tone and flexibility
Develop diaphragmatic breath control
Improve strength and endurance
Bridge the gaps between chest & head/falsetto
Clear up nasality, breathiness or tone imbalances
Learn pop “sound” and style (all contemporary styles)
Improve diction and phrasing (“sing like you speak”)
Change from Musical Theatre or “legit” singing to Pop, Rock, R & B genres
Find your own signature sound and style
Improve vocal performance

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room with microphones, keyboard and a guitar. I also have some instructional posters demonstrating
how the voice works.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own keyboard. A room with a mirror and where they feel comfortable is key.

*** Specialties ***
Contemporary/ Pop/ Rock/ Musical Theatre
Teaching the correct and healthy way to belt.
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Sara Bernard July 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Julie was great- very personable, fun and knowledgeable (not to mention she has an incredible voice herself!). I look forward to my lessons!
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jennifer P. June 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's awesome! Great teacher! She's patient. I really like her!
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Holloway B. May 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Julie is the best! I had never taken individual voice lessons before, but she really opened me up to whole new world of singing I never thought I could do! I learned so much from her and she is so much fun to be around too. She makes it fun and after just one lesson I felt more comfortable signing in front of other people. I definitely recommend taking lessons from her, she is awesome!
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Julie F.

Julie F.

Austin, TX 78704
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Tara G.

Austin, TX

Singing, to me, is the purest form of expression. I love all music, and I love teaching it! I love getting my students to really feel what they're singing, and when that happens, it's magic.

About Tara

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 lead
s 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!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach in a laid back manner. That's not to say that I don't expect you to work too though! I don't necessarily teach one specific method. I feel like if you can get ALL the information, and different methods, then you can choose what best works for your voice , or your piano playing. I want my students to feel comfortable and safe to explore all different facets of their talent. After all, the little imperfections are what make us all unique!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a keyboard, among many other instruments! My husband uses those, I use the piano. There's definitely a comfortable living room, for the parents or caregivers to sit and wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I go to the students house, they must have a piano, or keyboard. I can bring books of music.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any style of singing! I majored in Musical Theater, but I sing everything. I played piano for 10 years. I have many many years of music theory lessons! I had surgery on my vocal chords, back in 1995, and had 4 years of speech and vocal therapy, so I have lots of experience with that as well. I don't use a specific method with my acting. It depends on what they would want to work on! I have many books of music, and music theory, and piano learning. In terms of learning piano, I would start with scales, and chords, and learning the right hand, then the left.
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Stephanie C. June 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tara's instruction is bae. Even an old fart like me is exploring the world of vocal performance without stigma in her concentrated, fun lessons.
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Meggan W. June 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tara is so personable and inspiring! She is warm and kind, and my daughter looks forward to seeing her every week. She is wonderful with kids and makes my girl feel special, really bringing out her best, helping her feel more confident and pushing her to try new songs and techniques. We love working with Tara!
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yujuin Y. June 7, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Tara is a wonderful instructor. Her method of showing me how to sing has been more like helping me stand out. She also is good in making sure that you don't take things too fast as far as breathing exercises come, and how you sing.
Music and singing are there to regurjitate your voice as well as your how your mind, your heart and who you are. Take it as an exercise, or better yet, something that will help you become something better in life.
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Tara G.

Austin, TX 78745
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Jameson J.

Austin, TX

From beginner to professional. Find your ideal sound based on your structure and resonance capability.

About Jameson

If you are a seasoned performer, I will guide you in developing agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. If you are a first-time vocal student, I will provide an engaging, supportive environment to find your voice.

My instruction is based on professionalism, experience and range from more than 25 years of singing and 13 years of teaching. I have advanced education in vocal performance and am an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which allow me to integrate the intellectual and physical aspects of singing. I use my energy, attentiveness and creativity to tai
lor lessons towards each student's unique needs.

I base my vocal technique on the Italianate tradition of operatic "bel canto," but also incorporate broad experience in musical theater, jazz, and early to contemporary classical music.

* Breath control
* Healthy vocal production "bel canto"
* Fach transition
* 20th Century music

Roles performed:

Rodolfo, La Boheme
Canio, Pagliacci
Count Almaviva, Barbiere di Siviglia
Goro, Madama Butterfly
Mr Splinters, The Tender Land
Don Basilio, Marriage of Figaro
Juror #3, Resurrection (Machover)
The Cowboy, The Blue Hotel (Hulse)

Credits include:

* Aspen Opera Theater Center

* Boston Lyric Opera

* Rome Opera Festival

* Austin Lyric Opera

* Amato Opera

* Dicapo Opera

* Bronx Opera

I have made demonstration tapes for new works (musical theater and opera) and know how to work a new piece into any voice.

In addition, I have worked with the Alexander Technique for over 15 years and integrate its principles into my lessons. My approach is creative, energetic and disciplined.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student is different and every lesson will be different depending on the needs of the individual, and the demands of the day. I use the principles of the Alexander Technique to open up the student's mind and body to new experiences.

In general, lessons will start with a simple warm-up. Then scales and arpeggios to develop agility, musicality, range, dynamics, and phrase shape. Finally, the last part of the lesson I incorporate some of the new ideas that were communicated earlier into the student's repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Alexander Technique table,

*** Travel Equipment ***
NONE

*** Specialties ***
Teaches beginner through professional:
Singing, Voice Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Alexander Technique.
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Andrew H. June 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson is an exceptional singer and teacher. He is kind and patient in lessons and wants to make sure you understand what he is teaching. Not only does he go over the notes and rhythms of a song, he also goes over the meaning and emotions of the piece to help you understand and perform the piece.
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Arnold B. February 6, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson has been patient with me in the few lessons I've had with him so far.
He's very knowledgeable and understanding, so I felt no need to be ashamed when I make mistakes or sometimes sound funny. It helps that he's friendly and approachable.

The lessons are purposeful and insightful. I like how he allows me to ask questions and he helps me understand mechanics that I've never learned before.

I've sung in a few church choirs for many years on and off without any vocal training. I've only ever sung for just the love of singing, so I've collected some bad habits that were never addressed until now. It didn't take long for him to develop a gameplan for me and figure out how he's gonna get me right on track.

Today he helped me "find my voice". It was a Eureka moment of sorts I won't soon forget. There's still work to be done, but surely I will
continue with my lessons with him because I'd like to see where he can help me take my voice.

Definitely top-notch instruction from a pro here, so for me, it's money well-spent.
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Michael L. August 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jameson's knowledge and instruction go well beyond the physical mechanics of singing. His lessons bring you to the mental approach to singing and performing. He somehow makes the abstract tangible, at least in so far as it can be applied in a real way. Lastly, I don't think I ever had a lesson where we did not share some laughter.
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Jameson J.

Austin, TX 78735
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$45 / 30-min
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Gfire

Austin, TX

I have been teaching singing for over 17 years, using my unique "Yoga for the Voice" technique to students ages 4-90 at all levels. My students have sung on national television shows (X Factor, etc.), the Grand Ole Opry, for Motown, for touring professional bands, and for professional musical theater. "Yoga for the Voice" combines my studies in classical singing with yoga breathing and many other effective singing techniques from my studies with the top voice coaches in the world.

About Gfire

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 wi
th 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.
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Maria Munoz M. August 3, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed her warmups. I definitely recommend her as a teacher!
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Chase S. June 1, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Gfire rules. I had to stop lessons with her because of personal scheduling issues, but she taught me so much! She is a great vocal trainer and teacher! Great experience. Highly recommend.
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Cory C. May 26, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
I loved taking lessons with Gfire. We worked hard and had fun dgoing so. I wouldn't change a thing.
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Gfire

Austin, TX 78723
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Hope G.

Austin, TX

Experienced teacher of 15 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn while also building a strong foundation of Vocal Training. My specialty is Singing. I have extensive experience in Jazz Voice, Classical Voice, Broadway Singing, Christian Gospel, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Gospel Singing, Musical Theater, Music Performance, and Audition Prep. I typically use Hal Leonard books, sheet music and more. So come and enjoy this Live Musical Experience with me!

About Hope

An extremely organized Educator of 15 years with significant expertise in Music, Math, and English. Hope has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with the Concentration in Vocal Jazz; Minor in Radio, Television, Film at Howard University. Extensive experience with elementary and secondary school choirs, mentoring and coaching college preparatory students. Enjoys celebrating the joy in students when they excel beyond their expectations, begin to develop self-confidence to realize their dreams, and become excited about the world of learning.
Hope's Musical Background:
Hope has always enjoyed sin
ging and writing Music since the tender age of five. While in high school, she was a member of the International Thespian Honor Society & Senior Choir of Western Hills High School and performed "The Wiz", "Hello Dolly", and the "Malcolm X" plays. While attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., Hope was under the direction of Grady Tate and the late great Webster Lewis. She performed with the Legendary Shirley Caesar and Wynton Marsalis. Hope performed at the 20th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors. She also performed with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble & Howard University Chorus. Hope's recent performance was in Austin, TX with the Gospel Musical Genius... Richard Smallwood.
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Shannon C. May 26, 2015
Music Performance · Online
Verified Student
Great enthusiasm, a lot of connectivity issues, but that may be on both ends.
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Charity G. September 24, 2014
Singing · In home
Hope is a Phenomenal Vocal Teacher!!! She really puts her heart into what she does! Furthermore, she believes in her students even if at first they don't believe in themselves (I for one can attest to that!) No matter what the genre is, Jazz, Pop, or Rock, Hope HAS the ability and gift to move her students to not only sing on key, but also with passion! You'll be glad to have her as your Teacher. Her lessons with you will take you a long way!
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Anthony J. September 24, 2014
Algebra · Online
I needed to prepare for the Electrician Test. It was told to me ahead of time that Algebra is a big part of the test and imperative to know. Being that I've been out of school for decades, I needed to brush up on math. Not knowing a tuitor, but learned about great thing about Hope from my wife, we set up an over the phone tuitor session. Who does that? Normally people need to sit down face to face. Ms. Hope was so skilled she was able to write down the math problems and help me. I actually learned and was prepared enought to take the exam. The amazing part is that Ms. Hope conducted the tuitor session over the phone. If that's not a skillful person, then I don't know what is. I strongly recommend Hope. She also has an upbeat personality. Me being a grown man, I still asked questions and no question is a "dumb" question for her.
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Hope G.

Austin, TX 78701
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Stage presence makes a huge difference in how your audience will respond to you. Take a look at these performance tips from NY music teacher Nadia B...   You’ve practiced, rehearsed, and it’s finally time to share your vocal arts with others. Sometimes, though, components of a successful performance can be overlooked after you’ve spent so much time mastering the music. Key elements of stage presence for singers include setting a unique musical intention, making use of physical space a

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